Two representing area in Miss SC Teen Pageant

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Miss South Carolina Pageant, Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant 2015 will be held Saturday, June 20-Saturday, June 27 at the Township Auditorium in Columbia. Two area teens will be representing the area. Miss Powdersville Teen Rachel Grimsley and Miss Woodmont High School Teen 2015, Caitlin Frederiksen will be competing in the Miss SC Teen pageant. Miss South Carolina Teen 2014 Hope Harvard will also be attending.

There will be 55 Miss contestants, 64 Teen contestants, 140 Princesses and 5 Princes participating this year.

The pageant will be emceed by Stephanie Whittler, Miss Tennessee 2009, second runner-up to Miss America 2010. The runway will be back, surrounded by Golden Globe-type seating of tables on the floor.

The Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen preliminary competitions will run concurrently. The final nights of competition will be held separately.

All contestants will have completed the Interview portion of the competition before the first preliminary on Tuesday night. Each preliminary competition will include Talent, Evening Wear/Onstage Question, and Swimsuit/Physical Fitness competitions for one-third of the Miss and Teen contestants. Each contestant competes in one category each night, and will have completed all competitions by the end of the third preliminary night.

This year, the Teen final will be held on Friday evening. The Miss final will be held on Saturday evening.

In line with the Miss America Pageant, 16 Miss and 16 Teen semi-finalists will be announced on their respective final nights of competition. The 16 Miss contestants will compete in swimsuit and 16 Teen contestants will compete in physical fitness, after which the field will be cut to 10 Miss and 10 Teen finalists. The final 10 contestants for the Miss will compete in talent and evening gown; the final 10 contestants for the Teen will compete in talent and evening gown.

Four Miss runners-up and four Teen runners-up will be announced, and the new Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen will be crowned on-stage.

The Saturday night pageant and crowning of the new Miss South Carolina will be televised live on WACH TV, starting with the Red Carpet at 8 pm. The pageant will run from 8:30-10:30 pm. Local television channels broadcasting the pageant include WACH TV, My TV Charleston, CW 12 Myrtle Beach, My 40 WMYA Greenville, and Fox 28 Savannah. Radio stations under the Sinclair Broadcast Group include 973 Kiss FM, WJMX, WNOK and Y1025.

It was announced this week that Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev will attend the Miss South Carolina Pageant on June 25-27 and that Mark Walberg will join Stephanie Whittler (Miss Tennessee 2009, second runner-up to Miss America 2010) as emcee for the Friday and Saturday evening pageants.

Florence, SC, native Mark L. Walberg started his television career as an assistant at Dick Clark Productions and quickly found his way in front of the camera as the announcer of the popular game show Shop Til You Drop. He soon was hosting his own sports show, ESPN’s Burnt Toast. It was there that the late Brandon Tartikoff noticed his work, and that association produced the nationally syndicated The Mark Walberg Show.

Since then, Walberg has hosted and been featured in an array of popular talk, reality and game shows including Temptation Island and The Moment of Truth —both hit reality shows on the FOX network—as well as garnered two Emmy nominations as host of the PBS hit series Antiques Roadshow, which he has hosted for the past 10 seasons.

The Township Auditorium, which re-opened after a $12 million renovation five years ago, is a beautiful facility for the pageant production.

Embassy Suites is headquarters for pageant staff and activities during pageant week.

Individual night tickets are on sale and book prices are $185 for all five nights.

Ticket prices range from $28.50 to $62.50. Tickets are available at the Township Auditorium Box Office, 1703 Taylor Street, Columbia. Phone is 803-576-2350.

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