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Courtesy Photo: The new Miss Greater Franklin County, Haylee Hunt (left), and the new Miss Martinsville-Henry County, Mary Hannah Garber, were crowned last Saturday night at Franklin County High School.
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Monday, October 7, 2013


Two Franklin County women received crowns at pageants held recently at Franklin County High School.

Haylee Hunt, 18, of Penhook was selected as the new Miss Greater Franklin County, and Mary Hannah Garber, 21, of Boones Mill is the new Miss Martinsville Henry County.

Hunt has been serving as Miss Martinsville Henry County 2013 since February when Bronwyn Hairston relinquished her crown to Hunt, the first runner-up.

Hunt and Garber were selected from a field of eight contestants, and both will represent this area in the 2014 Miss Virginia Pageant next June in Roanoke.

Hunt is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Hunt of Penhook. She is a junior majoring in biology at Radford University and won a $1,000 cash scholarship.

Hunt will also be offered a $1,000 scholarship from Averett University, $1,000 scholarship from Ferrum College and a $750 scholarship from Virginia Western Community College.

"This is such a great honor for Haylee," said her mother, Debbie Hunt. "She has wanted to be Miss Greater Franklin County since she was a little girl."

Garber is the daughter of Dr. Jeannie Garber of Boones Mill and Sam Garber of Bedford. She is a senior majoring in musical theater at Virginia Intermont College in Bristol and won a $1,000 cash scholarship.

She will also be offered a $1,000 scholarship from Averett University, $1,000 scholarship from Ferrum College and a $750 scholarship from Patrick Henry Community College.

Greater Franklin County's Outstanding Teen was also crowned during the pageant finale.

Jessalyn Hayes, the 15-year-old daughter of Lori Hayes of Rocky Mount, was crowned the winner.

Martinsville-Henry County's Outstanding Teen is Olivia Aaron, 12, of Martinsville.

Greater Franklin County's Outstanding Pre-Teen is Kelley Pickurel, 11, of Martinsville.

Hayes, Aaron and Pickurel will compete for the titles of Virginia's Outstanding Teen and Virginia's Outstanding Pre-Teen, respectively, in Roanoke next June.

Per Miss Virginia pageant rules, since there were only three contestants participating in the Pre-Teen category, Miss Martinsville-Henry County's Outstanding Pre-teen will be appointed in March 2014.

The new Miss Greater Franklin County Princess 2014 is Vandalina Holcomb, 11, a student at Benjamin Franklin Middle School.

Martinsville-Henry County's Princess 2014 is Alorah Lawless, 5, a student at Henry Elementary.

Mistress of ceremonies for the evening was Chinah Helmandollar Jewell, Miss Virginia 2009, who previously held the title of Miss Greater Franklin County in 2008.

Contestants were judged in five competitions, including interview, talent, onstage question, evening gown and swimsuit.

The non-profit scholarship pageant is produced by a group of local volunteers, including new Executive Director Howard Huff, who has been associated with these pageants since 2000.

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