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Peach dynasty: Sullivan secures Miss title

By JOYANNA LOVE/ Managing Editor

The Miss Peach Pageant on June 24 was one for the Peach Festival history books.

Halle Sullivan of Clanton became the first person to be crowned Miss Peach Queen that had also held the other three titles: Little, Young and Junior.

“I just made history” was what Sullivan said was going through her head when her name was called as the 2021 Miss Peach.

“I was 2011 Little Miss, 2015 Young Miss and 2017 Junior Miss and now I’m Miss,” Sullivan said. “I am the first one that has held all four and that has made my heart just burst.”

Her experiences in the pageant and as the younger queens kept her coming back.

“The sisterhood that this pageant creates is so strong and so powerful,” Sullivan said. “My nana was actually the one who inspired me to do Miss because I almost didn’t. If it wasn’t for her I wouldn’t be up here.”

She was also the Casual Wear winner.

She is looking forward to “being the one that picks out all the clothes” and creating a platform for the queens that they develop themselves.

“I am really looking forward to brainstorming ideas with my queen sisters to see what we come up with,” Sullivan said.

She chose Kru’s Kloset/ Threads of Love as her platform to support their efforts to help grieving mothers who have lost a baby.

In addition to the Miss Peach adventures, Sullivan is planning another peach first for herself — trying peach cobbler.

While she has loved peach ice cream and caramel peach ice cream from Peach Park, she said she has never eaten their peach cobbler or any peach cobbler and plans to make this the year she does.

Sullivan received a $2,000 scholarship with the title. She also received the River Bank & Trust Scholarship for $500.

First Alternate Annabel Mullinax received a $1,000 scholarship from the Clanton Lions Club and the Exit Royal Realty Scholarship for $1,000.

Laken Flowers was selected at Miss Congeniality by the other contestants. Flowers also won the Shelby Baptist Future Leadership Scholarship for $1,500, the St. Vincent’s Orthopedic Dr. Worthen Scholarship for $1,000 and the Blanchard Peach Scholarship for $500.

Alyssa Zeigler was awarded the St. Vincent’s Hospital Scholarship for $1,200.

Many of community scholarships required the contestants to write an essay on a given topic.