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Miss Point Mallard Jessica Headley
Miss Point Mallard Jessica Headley

Poised for pageant
13 young women competing
for the crown, scholarships

By Patrice Stewart · 340-2446

Thirteen young women, including two from Decatur, will compete for $6,000 in scholarship money, more than $25,000 in prizes and the title of Miss Point Mallard beginning Tuesday night at the 41st annual Spirit of America Festival.

The preliminary evening of the two-night competition will start at 7 on the Spirit of America stage at Point Mallard Park, with contestants competing in swimsuit, talent and evening gown categories.

Tuesday afternoon, each contestant will have a 10-minute interview with a panel of five judges. During the evening, the swimsuit division winner and community service winner will be announced. On Wednesday at about 8 p.m., after the Spirit of America awards ceremony, the top eight contestants will be announced. They will compete again in swimsuit, talent and evening gown before judges select the new Miss Point Mallard and her court.

Admission both evenings is free; those attending may want to bring a lawn chair.

The theme is "Gone Country" and features reigning Miss Point Mallard Jessica Headley and contestants doing the "Boot Scootin' Boogie" in the opening number. The swimsuit competition features "Chattahoochie," "Summertime" and "Watermelon Crawl."

Alabama Junior Miss Mary Catherine McAnnally of Decatur is guest entertainer and will sing Martina McBride's hit "This One's for the Girls." Inaugural Spirit Idol winner Whitney Miles of Decatur will perform McBride's "Anyway" tonight.

Newly crowned Miss Alabama Jamie Langley, who was Miss Point Mallard 2004, will entertain Wednesday night at this 36th annual event, which follows Miss America rules as one of its preliminary pageants.

The contestants, primarily singers and dancers, each have a platform issue addressing a social cause.

Jessica Andrews

Of Alabaster

Age: 21

Student at Jacksonville
State University

Talent: Lyrical dance
to “Letters from War”

Platform: “Passion Performance” and Children’s Miracle Network

Haley Arrington

Of Glencoe

Age: 21

Student at Jacksonville State
University, majoring in music

Talent: Sing a Broadway show tune

Platform: “Making a Difference Through Mentoring”

Breann Boughton

Of Killen

Age: 19

Student at The University
of North Alabama

Talent: Jazzy vocal arrangement of Ray Charles’ “You Don’t Know Me”

Platform: Habitat for Humanity

Katie Boyd

Of Hoover

Age: 22

Graduate of The University of
Alabama; accepted to pharmacy school at Samford University

Talent: Ballet en pointe
to “Man of La Mancha”

Platform: “Take 5: An Underage Anti-Smoking Campaign"

Anna Laura Bryan

Of Decatur

Age: 17

Student at Decatur High School. Her career ambition is to
become either an interior
designer or graphic designer.

Talent: Sing the Broadway tune “Woman in the Moon”

Platform: Autism awareness

Colene Burns

Of Hayden

Age: 22

Student at The University
of North Alabama

Talent: Sing the aria
“Quando M’en Vo” from
Puccini’s opera “La Boheme”

Platform: Community Youth League

Meredith Ervin

Of Hampton Cove

Age: 19

Student at Birmingham-Southern College

Talent: Dance en pointe to Billy Joel’s pop hit “Uptown Girl”

Platform: “Protecting You/Protecting Me”

Melissa Harbison

Of Clay

Age: 21

Student at The University of Montevallo, studying vocal performance and music education

Talent: Sing “I’m a Woman”
from “Smokey Joe’s Cafe”

Platform: “Love Your Body

Deanna Key

Of Jasper

Age: 18

Student at The University
of Montevallo

Talent: Modern dance

Platform: Issue of lack
of foster homes

Haley Mitchell

Of Decatur

Age: 18

Student at Calhoun
Community College

Talent: Twirl to Otis Day’s “Shout”

Platform: Character Counts

Meghan Muncher

Of Jasper

Age: 20

Student at The University
of Alabama

Talent: Dance en pointe
to “Paquita”

Platform: “My ARTS Kids,”
a fine arts awareness program

Brandi Poss

Of Russellville

Age: 21

Student at The University
of North Alabama

Talent: A self-arranged medley
of Aretha Franklin hits

Platform: Stopping child abuse and neglect

Cory Ann Turner

Of Huntsville

Age: 21

Student at Wallace State
Community College

Talent: Modern dance
to a hit by Jewel

Platform: Poverty in America

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