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FHS senior ‘Fairest of the Fair’ 2nd runner up


Ashley Sizemore, 17, may not have much experience performing in pageants, but that did not stop her from placing third in the Fairest of the Fair contest.

Sizemore, a senior at Farragut High School, competed in her first pageant against 23 other girls in the Tennessee Valley Fair’s annual pageant Friday, Sep. 8.

“I really didn’t know what I was getting into,” Sizemore said. “When I got there all the girls were older and a lot more experienced, but it ended up being a great experience.”

Three judges distributed scores based on three categories, which had different percentages of influence on the final score. These included beauty at 50 percent, poise at 25 percent, and interview ability at 25 percent, Sizemore said.

In preparation for the pageant Sizemore took lessons in interview technique, underwent a rigorous workout routine and practiced walking in high heels.

Although much time was put into preparation, if Sizemore enters the Miss. Nashville pageant, which she is seriously considering, the preparation will be much more demanding, Sizemore said.

“If I go on to Miss. Nashville or Miss. Tennessee that’s going to be ten times more work,” Sizemore said. “The categories then would include so much more such as swimsuit, fitness, talent, evening gown and more category options.”

Sizemore first considered pageants as an opportunity to practice singing performance, which she has been doing for years. At 12 Sizemore recorded a few songs with the help of a friend who was willing to offer access to recording equipment.

Since then she has been involved in All-East Choir, All-State Choir, performed as “Lori” in the FHS performance of “Oklahoma!” in 2005, and performed in several talent shows in Knoxville, Sizemore said.

Despite her interest in singing, other opportunities that come with the territory of pageants, such as scholarship opportunities, now interest her greatly, Sizemore said.

“It started out as an opportunity to get out there and sing, but now I look at it differently,” Sizemore said. “I feel like all girls should experience it at least once because it makes you look at things differently and makes you a stronger person.”

You could say an interest in pageants runs in her blood. Sizemore’s uncle runs the Miss. Knoxville pageant and the Miss. Anderson County pageant, but there is not any special treatment given to Sizemore. She is not allowed to enter either of the pageants because of the family relationship.

“I always hear the things by uncle says about the scholarship opportunities,” Sizemore said. “He really gets me into it.”

Although Sizemore plans to continue entering pageants during college, music is still her biggest concern.

Sizemore will apply to UTK and Belmont, where she hopes to attend, before November 1. She will probably choose a major in commercial music or music production.

Sizemore is the daughter of Sonya Sizemore and Kerry Sizemore. She has a sister, Kara, who is fifteen.

 

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