Amanda Ford crowns Miss Shelby County 2016

Helena resident Amanda Ford, right, passes her crown to new Miss Shelby County Hayley Barber. (Contributed)

Helena resident Amanda Ford, right, passes her crown to new Miss Shelby County Hayley Barber. (Contributed)

By GINNY COOPER MCCARLEY / Special to the Reporter

HELENA – Helena native Amanda Ford passed her crown to the next Miss Shelby County, Hayley Barber, on Friday, July 17, at the 2016 Miss Shelby County pageant held at Shelby County High School.

“All the girls did a great job,” Ford said of the pageant.

Ford, who knew Barber before the pageant, said she believes Barber will excel as the newest Miss Shelby County.

“I think she’s going to do a great job,” Ford said. “I know she is going to do a fantastic job serving the community.”

Ford, a longtime Helena resident and 2010 Pelham High School graduate, served Shelby County by promoting her platform for cancer research and doing a variety of work for Relay for Life, which aims to “raise much-needed funds and awareness to save lives from cancer,” according to the organization’s website.

This will be the last year of competition for Ford, who ages out of the program this year.

“I’ve had a great experience competing in the Miss Alabama pageant, and I’ve been able to win a lot of scholarship money,” Ford said of her involvement with the program.

Ford, who received a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism from Troy University, is currently applying and interviewing for jobs.