Queen of Edisto Beach Named

follyedistoqueens The Queen of Edisto Beach is…Jade Lankford. She is joined by Teen Queen Kristin Kennedy!

“Momma Mia” was the theme of this year’s annual Queen of Edisto Beach and Queen of Folly Beach Pageants held September 12 at North Charleston’s Park Circle Community Center. Ladies between the ages of 13 and 29 from all over the state competed for the two Miss titles and two Teen titles. Kimberly Childers and Jade Lankford were crowned Queen while Courtney Ballenger and Kristin Kennedy walked away with the Teen Titles along with cash and other prizes . The winners will work with several charities in the area during their reign.

Master of Ceremonies was Shawn Smetana of WCIV Channel 4 News and the judges panel included Patty Medley, mother of former Miss South Carolina Teen USA and Miss South Carolina USA Sarah Medley and Richard Bryant, co star of Lifetimes’ “Army Wives.” Dancers from “All That Jazz of Charleston” provided entertainment and joined the contestants for the outstanding opening number.

The contestants were judged on swimsuit, evening gown and on-stage interview. They also were the guests along with their parents, judges and members of the pageant Board for the Reining Queen’s Luncheon which was a Southern BarBQue held on the grounds. Also this year The Learning Channel was on hand taping for an upcoming show featuring pageants throughout the state. The series is set to begin on September 30.

Runners-up in the Miss Division were Andrea Waters and Melanie Helm. Lauren Rickabaugh and Laura Timmons were the runners-up in the Teen Division. Swimsuit winners were Lauren Rickabaugh and Melanie Helm while Andrea Waters and Kathryn Pickelsimer won the on-stage interview award. Other award winners included Kristina Burton and Clarka Wycliffe, congeniality winners and Lauren Rickabaugh and Lindsey Lambrakos were photogenic winners.

The Pageantry Magazine Spirit Award Winner is Mary Sears Webb, grandmother of outgoing Teen Queen Emily Sears for her hard work and dedication to our pageant and its purpose. Brett Denaux was recognized with an award for his outstanding work with the pageant and setting up the pageant’s official web site.

The Elisabeth Mills Pageant Angel Award given each year in Memory of Elisabeth Mills, a young lady from our area who was preparing for the Miss South Carolina Teen USA Pageant who was killed by a drunk driver. This award is given to the one contestant or person involved with the pageant who demonstrates the true sportsmanship of the pageant along with enjoyment of all aspects of the pageant. The recipient this year is Clarka Wicliffe.

Queen of Edisto Beach-Jade Lankford

Teen Queen of Edisto Beach-Kristin Kennedy

Queen of Folly Beach-Kimberly Childers

Teen Queen of Folly Beach-Courtney Ballenger

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