Miss Tennessee Volunteer Preliminary Winners June 21th

On the last night of Preliminary Competition for the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Pageant, Miss Middle Tennessee Valley and Miss Lane College were announced as preliminary winners.

Miss Middle Tennessee Valley, Elise Stein won the lifestyle and fitness categories of the competition. She is the daughter of Everett (Celeste) Stein. When we spoke to her she told us,”I am overwhelmed, ecstatic, and very happy. (This pageant) means everything. I’ve been working really, really hard and to just have the opportunity to speak in front of a whole bunch of kids about what I like. I volunteer and speak about anti-bullying, my platform, Move 2 Stand, so I’m very excited to have the chance to win, it means everything to me.” She is currently a senior studying at Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Public Relations.

Miss Lane College, Shannel DeFoe, was very emotional after her win in the talent portion of last night’s competition. She is the daughter of Raymond DeFoe and Cleynthia Johnson. With tears in her eyes she explained why this win was so important to her, “This means a lot to me. I’m at a HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities) so putting this is putting my school on the map. We don’t have sponsorships, we are a private HBCU Institution so winning this preliminary means so much to me.” Shannel is studying business at Lane College and is expected to graduate in 2020.

These young ladies are the last set of preliminary winners in the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship pageant. Today, June 22nd, the 2019 Miss Tennessee Volunteer will be crowned!

Cypress will post updates as the Pageant progresses on our blog and on the story section on Facebook and Instagram.

Heritage and LivingAnna CooperLast night Miss Chattanooga and Miss Queen City were announced as preliminary winners for the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Pageant. Miss Chattanooga, Samantha Havenstrite, won the lifestyle and fitness categories of the competition. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James (Candyce) Havenstrite. She developed “Meet Your Match” for Mentoring Matters after being matched with her ‘big sister’ through the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization when she was nine. She is currently studying finance at Southern Methodist University and plans to earn her MBA afterwards. Miss Queen City, Noelle Thompson, blew away judges in the talent portion of the pageant with her rendition of “I Want to Be a Cowboy’s Sweetheart”, including the yodeling. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brad (Shari) Thompson. Noelle is a freshman at Union University, working on her Dual Degree Candidate Biology and Pre-Pharmacy. She plans to open her own clinical pharmacy in a medically underprivileged community. These young ladies are the first two preliminary winners of the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship pageant. Tonight, Thursday June 20th, and tomorrow, June 21st, will round out the preliminary competition. Miss Tennessee Volunteer will be crowned Saturday, June 22nd. Cypress will post updates as the Pageant progresses. IMG_4613.jpg IMG_4657.jpg IMG_4679.jpg IMG_4683.jpg ANNA COOPER miss tennessee, tennessee, pageant, young women, chattanooga, Queen City, Miss Tennessee Volunteer Pageant, June, 2019, Jackson, West TN, Middle Tennessee, East TNComment