Junior Miss Peach crown passed to Smith (updated with photos)By Stephen Dawkins Published 10:11pm Tuesday, June 24, 2014
Tuesday marked Whitley Smith’s fifth time to compete in a Peach Pageant.
She had never experienced winning a pageant, until her name was called Tuesday and she was crowned 2014 Junior Miss Peach.
“I feel amazing,” Smith said. “I was so surprised.”
The moment was the culmination of months of work, she said.
Smith was named queen over a field of 14 other contestants.
Her court includes Miss Congeniality and Casual Wear winner Emily Parrish, fourth alternate Grace Nolen, third alternate Kathryn Taylor, second alternate Emilee Smith and first alternate Brianna Price.
Smith said this year was her third time to compete in Junior Miss Peach, in addition to one year competing in Young Miss Peach and one year competing in Little Miss Peach.
Smith, 14, was sponsored by L&L and Sons Logging. She attends Isabella High School and Mulberry Baptist Church.
Smith was crowned by 2013 Junior Miss Peach Anna Calhoun, who, before the winner was announced, gave a speech about her time as queen.
“It has been such an honor to wear this crown and represent Chilton County,” Calhoun said in a recorded video played for the audience.
Calhoun had a message for her fellow Peach Queens: “I’m definitely better because of you,” she said.
Smith will hope to be able to say the same thing one year from now.
She joins Little Miss Peach Cambree Crumpton and Young Miss Peach Kassidy Payne as new Miss Peach Queens.
The fourth and final 2014 Peach Queen will be crowned at the Miss Peach Pageant that begins at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the Chilton County High School auditorium.