FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 8, 2006
Contact: Deana Middleton
Miss W and Lowndes County Outstanding Teen pageants
COLUMBUS, Miss – The Miss W Scholarship Pageant, a
local preliminary to the Miss Mississippi Pageant,
along with the newly created Lowndes County
Outstanding Teen pageant will be held at Mississippi
University for Women on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
Eight contestants will compete for the title of Miss
W and six in the Lowndes County Outstanding Teen
Pageant. Participants will compete in the areas of
private interview, casual wear, on-stage question,
swimsuit, talent and evening gown.
This year’s Miss W contestants are:
Mari-leen Badenhorst, a culinary arts major with a
minor in food arts from Saltillo. Her platform is
the elderly--their value to us and our value to
them. She will sing in the talent competition.
Tennille Barksdale, a senior accounting major from
Greenville. Her platform is empowering the youth to
overcome adversity, and her talent will be a vocal
Maegan Eroh, a freshman political science major from
Clara. Her platform is women and self-esteem. Eroh’s
talent will be a dramatic presentation.
Hannah Erwin, a sophomore nursing major from
Saltillo. Erwin’s platform is a healthy body ideal
against eating disorders. She will perform a color
Mary Amanda Haskins, a junior paralegal studies
major from Vicksburg. Her platform is G.O.L.D.E.N.
(Giving Older Leaders the Dream of Ending Neglect),
and her talent will be a dance routine.
Barley Hood, a sophomore interior design major from
Amory. Hood’s platform is dance therapy for the
disabled. Her talent will be a vocal performance.
Ashley Owen, a sophomore elementary education major
from Columbus. Her platform will be opportunities
for all. Owen will dance in the talent competition.
Janey Walker, a senior health education masters of
science major from Senatobia. Her platform is
sexual assault awareness and education. She will
give a dramatic presentation.
Contestants in the Lowndes County Outstanding Teen
Erica Bush, an eighth grader at New Hope Middle
School and the daughter of James and Virginia Bush.
Her talent will be a dance routine.
Erin Dowdy, a ninth grader at Heritage Academy and
the daughter of Grant Dowdy and Monnica Alexander.
Dowdy will dance in the competition.
Denise Miller, a 10th grader at Columbus High and
the daughter of Dennis and Darlene Miller. She will
play the xylophone.
Akedra Ross, a ninth grader at Columbus High and the
daughter of Curtis and Laurae Ross Guyton. Her
talent will be a dramatic interpretation.
Chelsea Scherman, an eighth grader at Heritage
Academy and the daughter of Randy Scherman and
Monica Ritchie. Her talent will be a dance routine.
Sarah Weatherby, an eighth grader at Immanuel and
the daughter of the Rev. Simeon and Arleen Peek
Weatherby. She will sing.
The reigning Miss W Tracy Power will crown both
winners. Miss W 2006 will represent MUW at the Miss
Mississippi Pageant on July 22 in Vicksburg.
Admission will be $7 at the door and $6 in advance.
For more information, contact Iika Taylor McCarter
at 329-7352 or