More counties and scholarships added to Miss Shelby County Pageant

Published 5:12 pm Monday, June 27, 2011

Megan Picklesimer the night she was crowned Miss Shelby County 2011. (Contributed)

By PHOEBE DONALD ROBINSON / Community Columnist

The reigning Miss Shelby County 2011 Megan Picklesimer will crown her successor on Friday, July 22, 2011 at a “Night at the Cinema.”

Picklesimer is from Chelsea and attends Troy University, where she majors in broadcast journalism and minors in public relations.

Miss Shelby County is a preliminary pageant of Miss Alabama and Miss America, the largest scholarship organization for young women in the world, giving more than $45 million since its inception.

For the first time, the pageant has opened beyond Shelby County for contestants to live, work or go to school in Shelby’s surrounding counties: Chilton, Jefferson, Talladega, Bibb, Coosa and St. Clair. Contestants must be between the ages of 17 and 24.

This year, two new scholarships are being awarded: the Sonya Lefkovits Community Service Award ($500) and a new scholarship to Troy University (academic restrictions apply).

The Community Service award will be given to any contestant for their community service work.

Troy University is awarding a renewable four-year scholarship, given to all contestants that qualify.

In the last three years, Miss Shelby County has awarded more than $36,000 in scholarship money, tuition grants and gifts.

The Vignette Club, a group of 38 women from south Shelby County, has produced the Miss Shelby County Pageant for 24 years. The club is a member of the Alabama Federation of Women’s Clubs.

The members solicit sponsorships for the pageant and scholarship money to award to the winners. They also sell ads for the Miss SC Program. Ad money and ticket sales are donated to support local schools and non-profit community organizations.

Last year the Miss Shelby County Pageant won the coveted Outstanding Closed Pageant Award from the Miss Alabama Organization. Past Miss Shelby Counties include: Liz Cochran, Miss Alabama 2009; Deidra Downs, Miss Alabama 2004 and Miss America 2005; and Amie Beth Dickinson Shaver, Miss Alabama 1994.

Contestants will attend a get-acquainted tea party on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at 5 p.m. There is one required rehearsal on July 21, 2011 at 6 p.m. Interviews will be held on the afternoon of July 22 at Shelby County High School with the pageant beginning at 7 p.m. that night.

All paperwork must be submitted by June 30, 2011 to Director Pam Oliver at P. O. Box 1762, Columbiana, Ala. 35051. For more information and registration papers, go to or contact the director, Pam Oliver at 283-1893.

Phoebe Donald Robinson can be reached by email at

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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