New Jr. Miss awarded

Published 11:34 pm Saturday, August 1, 2009

As her name was called for award after award — fitness, talent, self-expression, scholastics and interview — Morgan’s Katherine Anne Jackson said she did not realize she would soon be named the winner of Saturday’s Dallas County Junior Miss program.

So, when her name was called, labeling her reaction as surprised would be an understatement.

“It did not sink in at all,” she said. “I’m still in complete shock.”

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For her awards and crown, Jackson, who is considering The University of Texas and The University of Mississippi, won a combined $4,750 in scholarships.

Dallas County’s Katie Elizabeth Davis (Red) won first alternate and awards for fitness, self-expression and interview.

Her total came to $2,850. Second alternate Laurie Elizabeth Manderson, a Morgan student, won second alternate and a $1,500 scholarship.

Other winners include Brittany Cameron Pearson, Morgan, self essay, $200 scholarship; Tamira Wesleanne Williams, Selma Early College High School, spirit, $200 scholarship; Amber Nicole Qadan, Dallas County, talent, $300; and Margaret O’Shelley Ingram, Dallas County, scholastics, $400.

As Dallas County Junior Miss, Jackson will advance to the state Junior Miss program, which will be held in January in Montgomery.

“Junior Miss is an amazing program, and I am so excited to represent them at the state level,” said Jackson. “They have a lot going for them, and they’re all in it for the right reasons. I’m really proud to have won this honor.”