|Bronwyn Hairston relinquished title to pursue job in N.C.|
Haylee Hunt of Penhook has been crowned the new Miss Martinsville-Henry County 2013. She is shown here with, from left, Miss Martinsville-Henry County Outstanding Preteen Kelly Pickurel, Hunt, Miss Greater Franklin County Mary Hannah Garber and Miss Martinsville-Henry County Outstanding Teen Virginia Crabtree.
Friday, March 1, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Miss Martinsville-Henry County 2013, Bronwyn Hairston, relinquished her crown Sunday to first runner-up Haylee Hunt of Penhook.
Hunt said she is honored to accept the crown and ready to compete at the state level.
"I'm ecstatic about it," she said.
Hairston is giving up her crown to pursue possible job opportunities in Greensboro, N.C., that were not available to her when she competed for the title in August 2012.
Due to the out-of-state move, Hairston, a graduate of Virginia Tech, will no longer be eligible to compete for the title of Miss Virginia in June 2013.
In a resignation letter to the Martinsville-Henry County Pageant Committee, Hairston expressed her gratitude, saying that she is "forever grateful for the opportunities that being crowned Miss Martinsville-Henry County has given me, and this title will forever hold a special place in my heart."
Hunt graduated from Franklin County High School in January and is currently a sophomore at Virginia Western Community College. She will enter Radford University in the fall as a junior and plans to study biology, she said. She hopes to become an optometrist.
Hunt is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Hunt of Penhook.
A crowning ceremony took place Sunday at the Piedmont Arts Association in Martinsville.
Stepping in as Miss Martinsville-Henry County is "fabulous and unexpected," Hunt said.