Currie Dickerson, Miss North Greenville University 2012, passed her crown to Meredith Lewellen from Landrum at the 59th annual Miss NGU Pageant on Saturday, October 13 in Turner Chapel.
Lewellen, who also won the overall talent award, received a $1,000 scholarship and will compete next summer in the Miss South Carolina Pageant.
The first runner-up honor went to Kaylie Givens from Rocky Mount, NC who was also named Miss Congeniality.
Lauren Jones from Honea Path was named third runner-up and Shiobhan Fraser from Duluth, GA placed fourth and received the lifestyle and fitness award of the competition.
Other contestants who received accolades: Kaitlyn Finley from Travelers Rest was named Miss Photogenic. Anna Provence from Fayetteville, GA was given the community support award.
“I’ve learned most that you have to be yourself,” said Lewellen, “and if you really want to go for something, you go for it. You go for it and you win it. You just keep on trucking until you get to where you really want to be.”
Contestants were judged according to an interview, health and wellness, onstage questions, artistic expression, and presence and poise. The interview (25 percent of the final score) was completed prior to the pageant ceremony.
“All the glory goes to the Lord,” said Lewellen.