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Preliminaries Come To An End At Miss South Carolina

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The Miss South Carolina Competition takes place July 6-13 in Columbia. The Miss South Carolina Competition takes place July 6-13 in Columbia.
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Preliminaries Come To An End At Miss South Carolina - July 12, 2013

With Preliminaries coming to an end tonight, four deserving ladies rounded up the competition for the much-anticipated crowning moment this Saturday, July 13.

Miss Spartanburg, Clarka Wickliffe, 23, took home the Talent award with her vocal performance of “Somewhere”, from West Side Story. Smiling from ear-to-ear, Clarka said that if given the chance, she would love the opportunity to go back to the beginning of the week to do it all over again!

The Miss Lifestyle and Fitness award was presented to 23-year-old Brooke Mosteller, Miss Mount Pleasant. Brooke says she cannot wait to take the stage Saturday night in hopes of bringing home the crown.

The Teen Evening Gown award went to Miss Mauldin Teen, Brooke Sill, 16. Still notably excited, Brooke exclaimed that she was both honored and “blown away” when the emcee announced her name as that night’s winner.

Brooklyn Faye Garrett, 17, Miss Keowee Teen, grabbed the Talent award by engaging the audience with her vocal rendition of “Do it Anyway”, by Martina McBride. While Brooklyn says she loved receiving the coveted “bowl” for her win, that the best prize was seeing the faces in the crowd as she sang.

I would also like to say a special “Thank you” to all the contestants and donors who have raised amazing amounts of money for the Children’s Miracle Network, Miss America’s official philanthropy. Also, visit www.miss-sc.org to live-stream the final night this Saturday as the next Miss South Carolina is crowned.

Make sure to checkout @ToriWhiteTV on twitter for play-by-plays of the pageant. Stay tuned!

2nd Night Of Preliminaries At Miss South Carolina Pageant July 11, 2013

Night two of competition was no let down as 102 of South Carolina’s most poised, beautiful, talented, and intelligent ladies took to the stage to compete in their various categories.

Miss Greater Greer, Lanie Hudson, 22, won the Lifestyle and Fitness award. Miss Capital City, Lara Scott, 20, tap danced her way to winning tonight’s Talent award.  

The Teen Evening Gown award went to 17-year-old Hannah Henshaw, Miss Clarendon Teen. Miss Lyman Teen, Hope Harvard, 15, won Teen Talent by performing a lyrical dance

The evening also held performances by the Miss South Carolina Prince and Princesses, and featured Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina, doing the “Bernie” dance move. Needless to say the audience soaked in every second. Emcee for the week, Miss America 2008, Kirsten Haglund, even commented on the outstanding abilities and overall package of each contestant.

Make sure to follow me on twitter this week, @ToriWhiteTV! Keep looking for updates on Miss South Carolina 2013. 

Daily Routine, Chat With Prelim Winners - July 10, 2013

The day officially begins for the ladies at 8 a.m. with dress rehearsals and appearances to vendors around town. With the rush of excitement and a little bit of exhaustion setting in, a few contestants had the chance to step away and answer some questions about the upcoming night.

Savannah Brooke Kelley, Miss Clemson Teen, takes the stage in the Teen Lifestyle and Fitness portion of competition. Savannah made sure to note that while a diet and toning regimen were important in her pageant prep, that working out regularly, practicing her talent of dance, and focusing on a healthy image, is what ultimately led to her overall physical fitness.

Miss Mauldin Teen, Brook Sill is more than ready to compete her talent for the judges this evening. Brooke shared with me her passion for dance that started 14 years ago. As a student at the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, ballet is her normal concentration area. However, Brooke chose a Jazz/Contemporary dance to “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys, as it shows a confident woman on top of the world. Brooke says she is especially excited to show off the emotional side of her performance.

Daja Dial, Miss Richland County, will participate in the On-Stage Question portion tonight. When asked how she prepared for this phase of the pageant, Daja started out by saying that she feels the question will be focused on her platform of Diabetes Mellitus, which she is very passionate about. Confident that she has the ability to brave the subject, Daja prays right before she goes on stage that the words will come to her, she will speak clearly, thoughtfully, and eloquently.

Preliminary Winner Interviews: Night 1

Each night four separate awards are presented to two ladies from both the Miss and Teen contestants. The Miss will compete for a $500 Preliminary Lifestyle and Fitness scholarship, as well as a $750 Preliminary Talent award. The Teens will have the opportunity to win a $500 Preliminary Talent scholarship, as well as a $500 scholarship for Evening Gown/On-Stage Question

The Miss Lifestyle and Fitness winner, Lindley Mayer, Miss Greenville County, shared that her preparation for the swimsuit competition was embracing an overall healthy lifestyle. Lindley also included that in rigorous times like Miss South Carolina week, that incorporating healthy eating habits, exercising, and drinking water, that she has more energy and feels very prepared. Lindley states that, “it’s not a look factor, but a feel factor”,

Miss Talent winner, Donna Tillis, Miss Walterboro, played an original arrangement on the piano. Donna says that she chose her piece because it was a great representation of the state. Reminiscing of memories with her Grandfather as a child who appreciated good music, Donna was thrilled to play her own arrangement and take home the first Talent preliminary award.

The Teen Evening Gown winner, Makayla Ann Stark, Miss Chesnee Teen, felt her choice in eveningwear was “easy” as soon as she laid eyes on the baby blue gown. Growing up, Makayla was known as the “bow girl” thanks to her obsession with bows! Makayla said that from the color of the dress to the rhinestone bow that her gown was, “the best of everything”.

The Teen Talent award was presented to vocal performer Mary Grace Nasim, Miss Yellow Jasmine Teen. Mary Grace spoke passionately about her talent of 7 years calling her song choice one that completely portrays her emotions.

Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina and 1st Runner Up to Miss America, described the first night of preliminaries as being a “Holy Cow” moment, also adding that it is exciting see who will have the opportunity to take the crown.

Congratulations to all Preliminary Night 1 winners! Keep looking for more updates as we begin Night 2 of competition. 

Upstate Contestants Win Preliminaries At Miss SC Pageant - July 10, 2013

The Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen South Carolina competition kicked off Tuesday night at Township Auditorium in Columbia.

Miss Greenville County, Lindley Michele Mayer, 24, won the physical fitness preliminary competition. Miss Walterboro, 23-year-old Donna Tillis won the preliminary talent competition by performing a piano piece entitled "Summertime."

In the Miss Teen South Carolina competition, Miss Chesnee Teen, Makayla Ann Stark, 14, won the evening gown-question preliminary competition. Miss Yellow Jasmine, 17-year-old Mary Grace Nasim, won the preliminary talent competition by singing "Oh Mio Babbino Caro."

The preliminary competition continues Wednesday and Thursday and the final competition is set for Saturday night with a new Miss South Carolina and Miss Teen South Carolina set to be crowned. Miss South Carolina will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City later this year, while Miss Teen South Carolina will compete for Miss America's Outstanding Teen in Orlando in August.

2013 Miss South Carolina Pageant Preview - July 2, 2013

The Miss South Carolina Competition will begin in just one week in Columbia. Over one hundred beautiful ladies from across the state have been preparing for months to vie for the coveted titles of Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen. 

Pageant events start July 9, and I will be there with behind the scenes coverage right up until the winners are crowned on the 13th at the Township Auditorium.

The excitement is stirring as Ali Rogers, Miss South Carolina 2012 and 1st Runner up to Miss America, passes on her crown and duties to the next lucky lady. Columbia will also welcome back its representative Rachel Wyatt, Miss America's Outstanding Teen 2013, as well as Sydney Sill, Miss South Carolina Teen 2012.

The Miss South Carolina Organization is proud to offer this year's contestants over $24 million in scholarships. Each titleholder also brings her own personal platform to the table while continuing to raise money for the Children's Miracle Network, the official platform for Miss America. Throughout the week the ladies will be making appearances across town to local vendors while also preparing for each night of competition.

The contestants will be judged in five different phases by a diverse panel of professionals from various career fields. There will be a private interview portion, as well as on stage events including evening gown, on-stage question, talent, and physical fitness.

Complete dates, location, and tickets can be found on the official Miss South Carolina website. Click here to get all the details.

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