Contestants in the Miss La Vergne pageant, held last weekend
LA VERGNE – La Vergne High School junior Ashleigh Alford was named Miss La Vergne on Saturday, in the first city-sponsored pageant held the weekend before the Old Timers’ Festival.
Alford, daughter of Dale Alford and Judie Singer, was named Miss La Vergne by a panel of four judges not affiliated with or residents of the city.
“It was a blessing to win Miss La Vergne,” Alford said. “I’m just glad to represent the city of La Vergne. I want to be a role model for the kids in our town, to have them look up to me knowing that if you work hard enough for something, you can achieve it.”
The city held several pageants Saturday at La Vergne Middle School. Other winners include:
Junior Miss LaVergne Jessica Pickle, daughter of Laura Davidson and Mike Pickle
Young Miss La Vergne Maddie Smith, daughter of Ralph and Tammy Smith
Young Mister La Vergne Sammy Puleo, son of Sammy Puleo and Kelly Coats
Little Miss La Vergne Natalia Jobe, daughter of Emilsen Jobe
“We are most of all very proud of all the participants who had the courage to walk on the stage as contestants. They were all amazing,” Mayor Senna Mosley said. “We hope this will be the start of a new tradition for the city as a way to celebrate our youngest citizens in a way that makes the whole community proud.”
Mosley sees the Miss La Vergne pageant eventually leading contestants to the Miss Tennessee Pageant and to scholarship competitions.
Pageant winners will be featured in the Old Timers’ Festival Parade this Saturday at 10 a.m. They will also be ambassadors during the festival itself, scheduled Sept. 16-18 in La Vergne.