Meet Miss Talladega County
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Miss Talladega County 2014, Elizabeth Wesson, left, and Miss Talladega County's Outstanding Teen 2014, Brooklyn Holt, right, were crowned Saturday evening, July 13, at B.B. Comer Memorial High School in Sylacauga.
Miss Talladega County 2014, Elizabeth Wesson, left, and Miss Talladega County's Outstanding Teen 2014, Brooklyn Holt, right, were crowned Saturday evening, July 13, at B.B. Comer Memorial High School in Sylacauga.
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From left in the Miss Talladega County Division are Lacey Gossett, fourth runner-up; Holland Brown, third runner-up; Cassidy Jacks, second runner-up; Hayley Barber, first runner-up; Miss Talladega County 2014 Elizabeth Wesson; Miss Talladega County's Outstanding Teen Brooklyn Holt; Mikaylah Dugans, first runner-up; Abbey Manasco, second runner-up; Emily O'Rear, third runner up; and Mary Elizabeth Killian, fourth runner-up.
From left in the Miss Talladega County Division are Lacey Gossett, fourth runner-up; Holland Brown, third runner-up; Cassidy Jacks, second runner-up; Hayley Barber, first runner-up; Miss Talladega County 2014 Elizabeth Wesson; Miss Talladega County's Outstanding Teen Brooklyn Holt; Mikaylah Dugans, first runner-up; Abbey Manasco, second runner-up; Emily O'Rear, third runner up; and Mary Elizabeth Killian, fourth runner-up.
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Elizabeth Wesson Hartsellle was crowned Miss Talladega County 2014 and Brooklyn Holt of Birmingham was crowned Miss Talladega’s Outstanding Teen 2014 during the annual pageant held July 13 at B.B. Comer High School in Sylacauga.

Wesson is a 23-year-old University of Alabama at Birmingham graduate.

Holt is a 16-year-old junior at Oak Mountain High School.

The pageant made available more than $3.2 million in in-kind scholarships and more than $5,100 in cash scholarships to contestants, said pageant director Ken Brewer.

Wesson was also the talent winner in her category and performed the vocal “Art Is Calling For Me.”

She was the recipient of the $500 cash scholarship presented by the Sylacauga Area Council on Arts and Humanities. She also received more than $32,000 in scholarships, gifts and services and will represent Talladega County at the Miss Alabama Pageant in June, 2014.

Her platform is Act F.A.S.T.: Stroke Awareness and Prevention Education.

She received a bachelor’s degree in music from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and is pursuing a second bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in speech pathology and audiology from the University of South Alabama. She is the daughter of Robert and Bobbie Jo Wesson.

Holt was also the physical fitness winner in her category.

In the talent segment of the pageant, she performed the vocal, “Last of Me.”

Her platform is “Raise Your Voice For Children.”

Holt received more than $4,100 in scholarships gifts and services and will represent Talladega County at the Miss Alabama’s Outstanding Teen Pageant at Sylacauga High School in March, 2014.

She is the daughter of Clarisse Dittenhoefer of Birmingham and Michael Holt.

First runner-up in the Miss Talladega County Pageant was Hayley Barber of Pelham. Second runner-up was Cassidy Jacks of Springville who was also the swimsuit winner. Third runner-up was Holland Brown of Trussville and fourth runner-up was Lacey Gossett of Springville.

First runner-up to Miss Talladega County’s Outstanding Teen was Mikaylah Dugans of Springville who was also talent winner. Second runner-up was Abbey Manasco of Pelham, third runner-up was Emily O’Rear of Oneonta and fourth runner-up was Mary Elizabeth Killian of Hoover.

Mary Kelly Cantrell of Sylacauga was the recipient of the $200 Suzy Wade Hammonds Vocal Performance Scholarship; Hannah Belcher of Lincoln was the recipient of the Anna Fay Comer Vocal Performance Scholarship; Mary Caroline Heath of Sylacauga was the recipient of the $300 Janie Giddens Vocal Performance Scholarship and the $100 Dance and Performing Arts In-kind Scholarship; Emma Wright was the recipient of the $300 Janie Giddens Vocal Performance Scholarship; Mikaylah Dugans was the recipient of the $100 Dance and Performing Arts In-kind Scholarship; Hayley Barber was the recipient of the $200 Dance and Performing Arts In-kind Scholarship; and Holt received the Shirley’s Studio of Dance $1,000 In-kind Scholarship.

Amanda Ford of Pelham was the recipient of the $300 Susannah Higgins Moreland Community Service Scholarship and was also chosen as Miss Congeniality; Lindsey Gallups of Hoover was the People’s Choice Award winner. Jacks received the $200 Susannah Higgins Moreland Swimsuit Cash Scholarship.

The Miss Talladega County Pageant is a franchise of the Miss Alabama Pageant and Miss America Organization.