Darlington queens shine at the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant
It was a very successful week for the three Darlington representatives at the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageants last week in Columbia.
Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Chelsea Bullock was named a top ten semi-finalist and competed live on TV last Saturday night. During the week of competition several awards were presented and Bullock walked away with the Miss South Carolina STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Scholarship, the Miss Media Award (for most media coverage during her reign), the Miss Academic Award (highest grade point average), Presidential Service Award and Duke of Edinburgh Award. The week before Bullock checked into the Miss South Carolina pageant, she passed her NCLEX (National Council Licensure Examination) exam which made her a certified registered nurse and she earned a full time nursing position at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia. She was one of more than 250 applicants that applied for the job and only 25 were chosen.
Bullock said she will use all of her scholarship money to help pay back student loans, and outgoing Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Pageant Director Will Isgett said he was so pleased to be able to help her in some small way.
“Chelsea won a $1250 scholarship by winning Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival, and I am so honored that she will be able to use the money to help pay for the schooling she had along with all the other scholarship money won at Miss South Carolina,” Isgett said. “I am so pleased with her performance at Miss South Carolina and so pleased that the Darlington Pilot Club, SC Sweet Potato Festival and City of Darlington got so much recognition.”
See additional photographs of Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Chelsea Bullock at the end of this article.
Miss S.C. Sweet Potato Festival Teen Kinsley Odom also wrapped up a successful week by being named a top 15 quarter-finalist, winning the Quality of Life Award (for platform and the work she has done on it), the Miracle Maker Award (most Children’s Miracle Network Money raised in the teen division), the Teen STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Scholarship, the Teen Media Award (for most media coverage during her reign), won the award for most community service hours for the teens, the Presidential Community Service Award and the Duke of Edinburg Award.
“Kinsley Odom is the epitome of what every young woman should strive to be,” Isgett said. “She is very passionate about the work she does with her platform because she lives it every day with her 9 year old brother Kayden, who who was born with Down Syndrome. I’m very proud of all of her accomplishments.”
Miss Darlington High School Teen Aubrey Goodwin walked away with the Presidential Community Service Award and the Duke of Edinburg awards as well. This was only the second pageant that Goodwin had ever competed in.
“Aubrey did a wonderful job in representing Darlington High School and the city of Darlington,” Isgett said. “She worked very hard to prepare for the pageant and came away a winner even without winning a crown. I’m so glad I was able to mentor this young woman this past year.”