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Tierce crowned Miss Peach Queen

Crowning achievement: Hannah Tierce is crowned Miss Peach Queen on Thursday by former queen Kendal Elijah. (Photos by Stephen Dawkins)

Crowning achievement: Hannah Tierce is crowned Miss Peach Queen on Thursday by former queen Kendal Elijah. (Photos by Stephen Dawkins)

Hannah Tierce is the newest Miss Peach Queen.

Tierce was named winner of the Miss Peach Pageant on Thursday at the Chilton County High School auditorium, joining Peach sisters Mary-Henning Dale (Little Miss Peach), Cresley Claire Haggard (Young Miss Peach) and Grace Nolen (Junior Miss Peach).

The queens will be recognized at upcoming Peach Festival events, including Friday’s Peach Jam and Saturday’s Peach Parade and Peach Auction.

They will also spend the next year representing Chilton County, a task that carries great weight, according to Kendal Elijah, who passed on her crown to Tierce on Thursday.

In her farewell, Elijah called being named Miss Peach Queen “the happiest moment of my life,” and shared memories that had been created with her Peach sisters.

Tierce’s court included Whitley Smith, fourth alternate; Celeste Montgomery, third alternate and casual wear winner; Anna Calhoun, second alternate; and Kali Trice, first alternate.

Queen and her court: Miss Peach Queen Hannah Tierce’s court included Abbey Porter, Celeste Montgomery, Kali Trice, Anna Calhoun, Whitley Smith and Tiffany Davis.

Queen and her court: Miss Peach Queen Hannah Tierce’s court included Abbey Porter, Celeste Montgomery, Kali Trice, Anna Calhoun, Whitley Smith and Tiffany Davis.

Tiffany Davis was named Miss Congeniality, and Abbey Porter was the recipient of the Shelby Baptist Future Leaders Scholarship in the amount of $1,500.

Winners and alternates in the various Miss Peach Queen age groups also receive scholarship and cash prizes, depending on place and age.

Tierce’s crowning came at the end of a pageant that included the contestants modeling casual wear and evening gowns and Elijah taking her “final walk.”

Tierce, 17, is the daughter of Jim and Mara Tierce. She was sponsored by M&M Farms and attends Chilton County High School.