EDITORIAL: Welcome to the Sorority, Morgan
In her first try at Miss South Carolina, Morgan Nichols, Miss Clemson from Lexington, will be the newest ambassador worldwide for the Palmetto State. She won the crown Saturday night at The Township in Columbia.
Kellan Fenegan, Miss Columbia Teen from Lexington, will carry the Palmetto State’s banner at national Miss Teen competition. South Carolina can be proud that its state organization awards a $60,000 scholarship to the Miss South Carolina winner and $240,000 in scholarships in total.
Laurens County’s connections to the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization have been strong throughout the years. We realize we are going to miss some so, for that, we apologize in advance. Editor Vic MacDonald met Bree Boyce, of Florence, when she toured Clarendon County, and later she spoke in Newberry about her cause, combatting childhood obesity. Many in Laurens County still refer to Ali Rogers as “Our Miss America,” as she earned the title of First Runner-up in Miss America. Both are married now, with careers, and Bree recently became a mom. Bree crowned Ali as Miss South Carolina. We interviewed Erin Frost at Wofford College just before she represented Laurens County at Miss South Carolina. Vic’s wife, Pat Little MacDonald, was Kathryn Tribble’s piano teacher as she prepared for Miss SC competition. Through Ali, we’ve come to know Daja Dial and Rachel Wyatt. And, in a similar vein, PC graduate Leah Lawson earned the title of Miss South Carolina USA.
Miss South Carolina’s 83-year history shows that Kelly Sloan, of Gray Court, won the title as Miss Hartsville; and Margaret Allen Shealy, of Clinton, competed at Miss America (1939). Two Miss South Carolinas have gone on to serve a year as Miss America. The state pageant was formed in 1923.
For the 2019 competition, Clinton High School graduate Hannah Wilson competed as Miss Lander University, her first time on the Miss SC stage. Catie Rawls, of Laurens, competed as Miss Boiling Springs. She qualified as Miss Greenville County last year.
In the Miss Teen South Carolina competition, Laurens District High School’s Bayley Burns represented the Miss Upstate Teen organization. She came away with two awards, for community service and photogenic.
All these young women, and thousands more throughout 8 decades, deserve accolades and our admiration for “putting themselves out there.” In the process, they have raised millions of dollars for the Children’s Miracle Network. Their “power of the crown” has touched countless lives, more than we could ever imagine. For that, all South Carolinians can be proud.