Miss UT Martin on Track for Miss Tennessee

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Newly crowned Miss University of Tennessee at Martin, Miss Brenna Wilkins, is on her way to compete for the Miss Tennessee 2017 title. Miss Wilkins is a Union City, Tenn. native where she resides with her family and works at the local family owned restaurant, Charlie T’s. Charlie T’s is not only a well-kept local secret of Union City natives, a great southern breakfast spot but Charlie T’s was originally owned by Miss Wilkins grandparents who made a huge impact on her life.

With the help of not only her grandparents but also her entire family, Miss Brenna Wilkins possesses all of the qualifications to be crowned not only Miss Tennessee but also Miss America. Miss Wilkins is a caring young lady with the platform of depression and suicide awareness. She is currently in her Junior year at The University of Tennessee at Martin and is studying for a degree in Social Work.

Miss Wilkins is in Group A for the Pageant and is also contestant number 1. She is a shoe-in to wow the judges with her beauty, voice and loving personality. Number 1 is sure to be her lucky number!

Event Line-Up:

  • There are three groups (A, B & C) made up of 12 contestants each
  • Each group has a different event on each night
  • Wednesday

    • Group A has the Talent event
    • Group B has the Swimsuit event
    • Group C has the Evening Wear event
  • Thursday

    • Group A has the Evening Wear event
    • Group B has the Talent event
    • Group C has the Swimsuit event
  • Friday

    • Group A has the Swimsuit event
    • Group B has the Evening Wear event
    • Group C has the Talent event

This weeks events will include:

  • Preliminary Nights (Wed. June 21 – Fri. June 23) of a Multi-Night Competition

    • 25 percent Private Interview
    • 05 percent On-Stage Question
    • 35 percent Talent
    • 25 percent Evening Wear
    • 15 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Scoring of a Multi-Night State Pageant:

    • 30 percent Composite
    • 30 percent Talent
    • 20 percent Evening Wear
    • 20 percent Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit
  • Final Night (Sat. June 24) Top Five Finalists:

    • The top five enter the final round of the competition with zero points. The judges will rank to contestants in the order they individually believe the contestants should finish on a final ballot.
      • First place vote is worth 10 points
      • Second place vote is worth five points
      • Third place vote is worth three points
      • Forth place vote is worth two points
      • Fifth place vote is worth one point

There are many requirements to be a Miss Tennessee contestant:

  • High school graduate, or equivalent by June 30 of the preceding year
  • Resident of Tennessee for the last six months
  • No younger than 17 at the time of the local competition
  • No older than 24 by December 31 of the year before she would be crowned Miss America
  • United States Citizen
  • Female that has never been married or pregnant
  • Registered as a full-time student within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter for at least six months OR
    • Employed full-time (minimum 32 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter,
    • Employed part-time (minimum 16 hours per week) and attend school part-time (minimum 6 hours per week) within the franchise area of the pageant she wishes to enter
    • For at least six months prior to local competition date.

To be a contestant in the Miss Tennessee Pageant one must possess the qualities and attributes of Miss America:

  • Roll Model who cares about her role and other women’s roles in society
  • Physically conscientious women with a confident and commanding presence
  • An ambassador and public relations representative of the Miss America Organization
  • Considered both talented and intelligent
  • An activist on issues she deems important
  • Independent and eloquent communicator with the courage of her convictions
  • Accomplished individual whose diversity represents a composite of the “Best of Modern Women”
  • A leader by virtue of her experiences
  • One who takes personal pride in physical fitness and health
  • Raise $100 donation for the Miss America and the CMN (Children’s Miracle Network)

If you are interested in watching the Miss Tennessee pageant but are not able to attend, you can watch live at www.EPlusTV6.com or Channel 6 Jackson News. The pageant events start Wed. June 21 at 8:00 p.m. and run until Sat. June 24.

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Miss University of Tennessee at Martin & Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival

Nov. 13, 2016

Every November the University of Tennessee at Martin holds their annual combined scholarship pageants for Miss University of Tennessee at Martin and Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival.

The winners of the Miss University of Tennessee at Martin pageant receive scholarships towards their education at UT Martin. Miss University of Tennessee at Martin receives $1500, first runner-up $500 and second runner-up $200.

The winner crowned queen of the Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival receives either a scholarship of $1500 towards her UT Martin education, or if not a UT Martin student she is awarded a $500 scholarship to the school of her choosing.

The pageant is divided into 5 categories: Private Interview, Lifestyle and Fitness, Talent, Evening Gown and On-Stage Question.

 

Miss University of Tennessee at Martin (L-R)

  • Second Runner-up: Morgan Martin, of Union City, Tenn.
  • First Runner-up: Amanda Mayo, of Lawrenceville, Ga.
  • Queen: Brenna Wilkins, of Union City, Tenn.

Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival (L-R)

  • Queen: Laura Ann Higgs, of Toone, Tenn.
  • First Runner-up: Hannah Minear, of Atoka, Tenn.
  • Second Runner-up: Mallory Tidwell, of Bradford, Tenn.

Miss Wilkins plans to use her reign as Miss University of Tennessee at Martin to support her platform on depression and suicide awareness on college campuses. For her talent portion Miss Wilkins performed the vocal selection of “Unlove You” by Jennifer Nettles.

Miss Higgs plans to use her reign as Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival to support her platform entitled “Team Mica: Suicide Awareness and Prevention”. For her talent portion Miss Higgs performed a unique jazz dance.

For more information on the Miss University of Tennessee at Martin and Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival pageants you can contact the Pageant Director via email at kcobb@wljt.org ,or follow the pageant on Facebook. Here is a link to the Registration Packet, and also the CMN online registration form – http://www.missamericaforkids.org.

For more information on the Miss University of Tennessee at Martin and the Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival pageants: http://www.utm.edu/916/11/14/2016.html