Decatur’s McAnnally wins Junior Miss Spirit Award
By Deangelo McDaniel
and Patrice Stewart
Decatur High School graduate Mary Catherine McAnnally, who is the first to represent Morgan County in the America’s Junior Miss finals, won the Spirit Award as competition concluded Saturday in Mobile.
The contestants vote on the award, said John Vaughan, Morgan County’s Junior Miss director.
“This is a real honor, and we’re so proud of Mary Catherine,” Vaughan said moments after Nora Ali of Minnesota won the Junior Miss title.
With the Spirit Award, the daughter of Sid and April McAnnally received a $1,000 scholarship. She also earned $5,000 for being one of eight national Junior Miss finalists.
She plans to attend Birmingham-Southern College in the fall.
On Friday, McAnnally received awards for talent and self-expression.
She was not available for comment after Saturday’s 50th anniversary show, but Vaughan said she’s been thankful for the support she received from Decatur and across the state.
“She’s been flooded with letters and flowers and has had a great time,” Vaughan said.
On Thursday night during preliminaries of the national program, McAnnally won a $1,000 cash scholarship for the “Be Your Best Self” essay and another $1,000 scholarship for the best daily diary entry, which was published by The Press-Register in Mobile and reprinted in Tuesday’s Decatur Daily.
McAnnally was selected Morgan County’s Junior Miss in a program in Decatur last fall and won the state competition in Montgomery in January.
In the talent division, she sang “For Good” from the Broadway musical “Wicked.”
McAnnally will perform Tuesday and Wednesday nights on the Spirit of America stage during the Miss Point Mallard pageant in Decatur.
The national Junior Miss program, founded in 1958, has headquarters in Mobile and holds its national competition there each year.
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