Miss Labor Day 2014Molly Mann Crowned Miss Labor Day
Fourteen Pisgah High School seniors filled the stage at the Colonial Theater Saturday night to compete for the title of Miss Labor Day 2014. Molly Mann was the lucky winner and tears streamed down her face as she was both excited and extremely grateful when her name was called.
“I’m so thankful I was given the chance to experience becoming Miss Labor Day,” Mann said. “Winning the crown as well as representing Canton is such an honor.”
Along with the crown, Molly won the award for best personal interview and a $2,500 scholarship to any school of her choice. She is currently interested in the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
First runner-up went to Taylor Rogers, who received a $1,000 scholarship and took home the award for best creative wear, choosing Annie Oakley for her skit in which each girl dressed up as "Ladies of the Decade."
Second runner-up was Christian Wyatt, who won a $500 scholarship, third runner-up Ezra Wyatt and Callie Kuykendall, fourth runner-up.
This year's Miss Congeniality went to Ashley Penland, an award that was voted on by her peers.
Others in the pageant included Sierra Southerland, Natasha Bleyl, Ashley Nelson, Jasmine Dies, Sarah Wood, Shelby Tomassi, Savannah Blaylock and Sidney Farley.
The first part of the pageant was early in the day where contestants were judged on a personal interview. Throughout the remainder of the pageant, they were judged on creative wear, an on-stage question and their striking evening gowns.
Originality ruled the evening as the contestants showed off their creative wear and there were oohs and aahs in the audience as the contenders were escorted onto the stage by their adorable princesses. Each contestant was allowed to choose their own princess, some choosing sisters, others just family friends. The princesses were excited to wear their white dresses and tiaras to assist the girls on stage.
Once the top five finalists were named, results hinged on a final question contestants had to answer on stage.
Although it may seem the girls had the hardest job of the night, another group may have had an even tougher job — the judges. This year's judges were Erica Robinson, Andy Engle, Elizabeth Deer, Caroline Brown and Cole Reynolds.
Pageant coordinator Sally Ann Simmons said she couldn’t have been more proud of the girls that were up on the stage.
“This is just a great opportunity for these girls. This gets them ready for the interview process and teaches them how to present themselves with poise and grace, which is sometimes lost in today's society,” said Simmons.
Adding to the show was Eddie Foxx and Sharon Greene of Asheville’s KISS Country radio station, and special performances by father – daughter act, Kristin Mabry and Bill Yarborough singing and playing “Free Falling," and a clogging solo by pageant judge Cole Reynolds.
In the end the girls were thankful for the experience, but relieved that it was over.
“I am so happy I was able to participate in this once in a lifetime event and I am very proud of myself, as well as all the other girls that were in the pageant,” said Sierra Southerland.
As for Miss Labor Day 2014-2015, this was a night she will never forget.
“I would especially like to thank Canton Educational Foundation for the scholarship which my parents and I greatly appreciate,” said Mann.