By Kendall Stancil
Miss New Albany and Miss Teen New Albany for 2022 were crowned Sunday, January 9, in a pageant at the Magnolia Civic Center.
The New Albany Main Street Association and the Magnolia Civic Center hosted the event.
The pageant is a scholarship competition. The two young ladies chosen will serve as the voice and face of New Albany Tourism. Miss New Albany and Miss Teen New Albany will help promote local business, welcoming groups who visit the city and, throughout the year, participate in city events and activities.
The scholarships awarded are sponsored by the local business and members of the community. These scholarships awarded range from $100 to $1,500 and are for a Mississippi community college or Mississippi university.
Throughout the evening contestants participated in categories such as introduction, street wear and evening gown. In the Miss New Albany event there was also an interview session that was judged.
At the end of the judging, before the awards were given, 2021’s reigning Miss New Albany Becca Childers and the 2021 Miss Teen New Albany Macie Phifer said their farewells.
Sunday afternoon Lexi Kent was chosen Miss New Albany for 2022. She will go on to compete with other young women from around the state in hopes of being named Mississippi’s official goodwill ambassador for tourism.
Those selected Miss New Albany and Miss Teen New Albany for 2022 and their courts are as follows:
Miss Teen New Albany 2022 – Allyson Beard
Spirit of New Albany – Daylen Grisham
4th Alternate – Maggie Graham
3rd Alternate – Indya Simmons
2nd Alternate – Alea Hudson
1st Alternate – Addison Owen
Miss New Albany Winners:
Miss New Albany 2022 – Lexie Kent
Spirit of New Albany – Hannah Hughes
4th Alternate – Kenidi Sanders
3rd Alternate – Rylie Ozbirn
2nd Alternate – Katie Littlejohn
1st Alternate – Carson Grisham
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