FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 14, 2006
Contact: Marle’ M. L. Murphy
Owen crowned Miss W; Weatherby crowned Lowndes County
COLUMBUS, Miss. -- Columbus native Ashley Owen was crowned
Miss W and will represent Mississippi University for Women
at the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg in July.
The sophomore elementary education major performed a classic
song from the 1920s. During an on-stage interview, she
supported her platform--opportunities for all.
Seven other contestants competed in the interview, casual
wear, swimsuit, talent and evening wear categories.
Mari-leen Badenhorst, a senior culinary arts major from
Saltillo was named first alternate. She gave a vocal
performance and also supported her platform the
elderly—their value to us and our value to them during her
interview. Badenhorst also was named Miss Congeniality,
voted upon solely by her fellow contestants.
The second alternate was junior paralegal studies major Mary
Amanda Haskins from Vicksburg. Haskins performed a lyrical
dance in the talent competition. Her platform was G. O. L.
D. E. N. (Giving Older Leaders the Dream of Ending Neglect).
The Miss W pageant also featured the Lowndes County
Outstanding Teen pageant. Six students from Lowndes County
schools participated as contestants.
Sarah Weatherby was crowned Lowndes County Outstanding Teen
as well as Miss Congeniality. Weatherby is an eight grader
at Immanuel and the daughter of the Rev. Simeon and Arleen
Peek Weatherby. She performed “Somewhere Over the Rainbow”
in the talent competition.
Denise Miller, a 10th grader at Columbus High School and
daughter of Dennis and Darlene Miller, was named first
alternate to Lowndes County Outstanding Teen. Her talent was
a musical performance on the xylophone.