Meet Miss Shelby County 2011 Megan Picklesimer

Miss Shelby County Megan Picklesimer reads to a group of kids as part of her literacy platform.

Megan Picklesimer was crowned Miss Shelby County 2011 at Shelby County High School on a hot, balmy night in July 2010.

The Troy University senior danced her way to the top joining an elite group of women who have served as Shelby County’s ambassadors during their reign: Deidre Downs, Miss Shelby County 2000 and Miss America 2005; Amie Beth Dickinson Shaver, Miss Shelby County 1992 and Miss Alabama 1994; and Liz Cochran, Miss Shelby County 2008 and Miss Alabama 2009.

The Miss Shelby County Pageant is sponsored by the Vignette Club of Columbiana, the oldest pageant affiliated with the Miss America Organization (MAO) in Shelby County, celebrating 24 years.

Picklesimer’s platform is “Literacy Matters, Life can be a Book.” Journaling since third grade, Picklesimer calls her diary “D.” She writes in “D” every night and hopes to publish it as a book.

A journalism major at Troy, Picklesimer was mentored since a toddler by her grandmother Claire Gross, who has authored several books for her grandchildren and also with Picklesimer.

As a young girl, Gross and Picklesimer penned their Binky books.

Binky was a caterpillar and experienced life journeys through these books.

An avid reader, Picklesimer would spend summers at the library choosing books to read. Literacy became her passion and her platform for she knows that writing and literacy are essential to achieve in life.

There are over 19,000 functionally illiterate people in Shelby County alone.

Picklesimer plans to have several events to help raise funds for the Children’s Miracle Network, the charity that the MAO supports to raises funds for our Children’s Hospital.

She plans to visit all Shelby County libraries and hopes to really make a difference during her reign.

“I have always wanted to be Miss Shelby County,” said Picklesimer. “I have been in 28 pageants and this is the first one I won. I was so honored to be chosen Miss Shelby County for you are always a Miss Shelby County.”

Her family, which she calls the Pickles, has been supportive of her goals. She is the daughter of Suzanne and Jeff Picklesimer of Chelsea.

Picklesimer will graduate in May and hopes to be a broadcast reporter in television after achieving her master’s in education.

This articulate, beautiful young lady will represent Shelby County well in the coming year.

Check out Picklesimer’s blog: that she updates weekly.

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About Phoebe Donald Robinson

I am President of Donald Real Estate and Ins. Co., Inc., a company that my grandfather , Charles J. Donald, founded in 1925. I am the third generation owner of the business. I am also the Columbiana Columnist for the Shelby County Reporter.

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