MOBILE, Ala. (AP)
The America’s Junior Miss competition awarded $20,000 in scholarships Thursday night as 50 contestants competed to be one of eight finalists. The competition awarded $1,000 scholarships in categories that include fitness, scholastics, self-expression and talent. Eight finalists will be named at the start of the finals today at the Mobile Civic Center Theater. They will compete for the title of America’s Junior Miss and a $50,000 scholarship. The five fitness category scholarship winners include Tennessee’s Holli Smith, Oregon’s Miriam McSpadden, Illinois’ Ann Elise DeBelina, California’s Raechel Paine and Kentucky’s Taylor Phillips. Scholastics award winners include Kentucky’s Taylor Phillips, North Carolina’s Molly Bales, Illinois’ Ann Elise DeBelina, Massachusetts’ Colleen Megley, and Wisconsin’s Amy Elbert. Scholarship winners in the self-expression category include Montana’s Josie Adams, Hawaii’s Jakara Mato, Kentucky’s Taylor Phillips, North Carolina’s Molly Bales, and Indiana’s Alex Trees. Talent category scholarship winners include Kentucky’s Taylor Phillips, Washington’s Tanae Bergeson, Utah’s Stephanie Brinton, Alabama’s Megan Butler, and Mississippi’s Virginia Fox.