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2018 QueensApril 9-- The 2018 Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant took place Saturday April 7, 2018 in the auditorium of Southeastern Technical College and this year more than 70 young ladies from ages 0 – 21 participated in the competition.

Front row, L-R:  Little Miss Chloe Morris, Baby Miss Lara Lee Marsh and Teeny Miss Ashtyn Hartley.

Back row, L-R: Junior Miss Starlee Kaeck, Teen Miss Madison Sharpton, Miss Vidalia Onion Megan Dukes, Young Miss Jordie Grace Kight and Tiny Miss Preslie Mosley.

Crowned as this year’s Miss Vidalia Onion was 18 year old Megan Dukes, a Freshman at Ogeechee Tech. Dukes not only won the crown overall, but she also cleaned up by winning Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, and Best Interview.

“I was so honored and when I won best interview I was like ‘Oh my goodness, thank you!’ and when they called my name to win, I felt it was a dream come true. I get to represent my wonderful community and I am so excited,” commented Dukes.

Megan has been competing in the Miss Vidalia Onion Pageant from the early years of her life and the former Miss Junior Vidalia Onion had some advice for other young ladies who keep trying, but can’t seem to get the crown by saying, “The crown doesn’t make them a winner. Every girl out there is a winner for getting out there and competing. I want them to know that they are winner no matter what.”

What was formally known as Junior Miss Vidalia Onion was changed to Teen Miss Vidalia Onion because of added categories, something that Pageant Director Kerri Lynn Nester says really paid off. Fifteen-year-old Madison Sharpton not only won the overall crown, but was also awarded Miss Photogenic and Best Interview. In response to the win, Sharpton said, “Honestly I could not believe it. All of the girls were so beautiful and I’m very thankful and very honored.”

In response to the most difficult part of getting ready for the competition, Sharpton said it was “the interview, I was very nervous about interview.”

In order of the competition, below are the results from each category.

Baby Miss

Ruby Lace Pinckard - Third Runner-Up

Ivylyn Varnadoe – First Runner-Up

Lara Lee Marsh – Miss Photogenic and the Overall Winner

Braelyn Matthews – Second Runner-Up and People’s Choice

Brinlee Green – Fourth Runner-Up

Teeny Miss

Hadley Hobbs – First Runner-Up

Ashtyn Hartley – Miss Photogenic and the Overall Winner

Charli Monroe – Second Runner-Up

Kennedy Williamson – Fourth Runner-Up

Penelope Harper – Third Runner-Up (not pictured)

Raegan Harvill –People’s Choice (not pictured)

Tiny Miss

Tilly Baker – Second Runner-Up

Preslie Mosley – People’s Choice and Overall Winner

Dani Lynn Williams – Miss Photogenic and First Runner-Up

Peyton Lann – Third Runner-Up

Little Miss

Evelyn McCoy – People’s Choice and Miss Photogenic

Jansley Odum – First Runner-Up

Chloe Morris – Overall Winner

Anniston Hartley – Second Runner-Up

Raegan Corbett – Third Runner-Up

Young Miss

Anzley Bryant – Third Runner-Up

Sailor Kate Monroe – Miss Photogenic and First Runner-Up

Jordie Grace Kight – People’s Choice and Overall Winner

Annalee Bellew – Second Runner-Up

Hailey Burton – Fourth Runner-Up

Junior Miss

Melea Pittman – Third Runner-Up

Jimma Carroll – First Runner-Up

Starlee Kaeck – Overall Winner

Kaytlyn Crapps – Second Runner-Up

Kensley Davis – Fourth Runner-Up

Abigail Hutto - Miss Photogenic

Teen Miss

Tabitha Bailey – People’s Choice

Cealy Shiver – Third Runner-Up

Peyton Zimmer – First Runner-Up

Madison Sharpton – Miss Photogenic, Best Interview and Overall Winner

Brooke Mobley – Miss Congeniality and Second Runner-Up

Zayna Taylor – Fourth Runner-Up

Miss Vidalia Onion

Hannah Herndon – Third Runner-Up

Bryn Coleman – First Runner-Up

Megan Dukes – Miss Congeniality, Miss Photogenic, Best Interview and Overall Winner

Natalie Barber – Second Runner-Up

Angel Robertson – Fourth Runner-Up

Mahaylee Grace – People’s Chocie

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