Local teens compete in National American Miss pageantBy Emily Beckett Published 6:27pm Friday, June 14, 2013
Two Chilton County teens placed in the top 15 at the National American Miss Junior Teen pageant June 8–10 at the Renaissance Hotel & Spa in Montgomery.
Victoria Fletcher, 16, of Verbena earned a spot in the top three as second runner-up, and Celeste Montgomery of Verbena placed in the top 15.
Fletcher and Montgomery were among 76 girls ages 13–15 competing in Alabama’s NAM Junior Teen division.
Registration and a pre-pageant pajama party for contestants were held Saturday, June 8.
Contestants competed in formal wear, personal introduction and talent categories on Sunday, June 9.
Monday, June 10, the last night of the pageant, was devoted to contestants’ interviews with the six judges and the awards presentation.
Fletcher, a junior at Isabella High School, said she started competing in pageants three years ago when her friends convinced her to sign up for the county’s Junior Miss FCCLA Pageant.
Fletcher won Junior Miss FCCLA, as well as Miss FCCLA and Heart of Dixie, and she is currently Miss IHS.
She competed in NAM Junior Teen last year and placed in the top 15.
“Any pageant that comes up, I’m most likely doing it,” Fletcher said. “I like the competition because I’m competitive.”
Fletcher said she enjoyed meeting other contestants from all over the state and plans to compete again next year in the teen division for ages 16–18.
“We’re all very proud of her,” said Heather Fletcher Boatwright, Fletcher’s sister.