November 20, 2003

Cotton Crowned Miss Clark County

The 2004 Miss Clark County Scholarship Pageant had a fantastic turnout on Saturday evening as the 15th annual Miss Clark County was crowned.

The day started with a private interview worth 40-percent of each contestantís total scoring, and continued into the evening where contestants competed in swimwear and eveningwear, both 10-percent each, and a talent competition with a 30-percent makeup of the total scoring. That left a 10-percent overall composite scoring for whom the judges felt was best deserving and who would fulfill the duties of Miss Clark County.

This yearís Miss Clark County is Jessie Cotton of Memphis, the daughter of Tom and Teresa Cotton. She is 18 years old and hopes to one day attend college and obtain a bachelor degree in Mass Communications or Music Education.

Jessie hopes that throughout her year of service to Clark and Scotland counties she can emphasize the importance of ďKeeping the Fine Arts AliveĒ within our district while showing the younger generations the importance of being involved in a fine arts program and how it can be a creative outlet.

Alongside of Jessie were runners-up Heather St. Clair taking first runner-up. She is the daughter of Robert and Mary Beth St. Clair of Wyaconda. Second runner-up was Amee Sutterfield, the daughter of Greg and Evelyna Sutterfield of Kahoka.

The pageant also featured three non-placing finalists Tasha Sanders, daughter of Dana Kemper; Amber Brown the daughter of Steve and Marty Six; and Abigail Scott, the daughter of Mike and Sue Scott all of Kahoka.

It was an eventful evening from a childrenís production number to having 10 of the prior Miss Clark Counties present to update the communities on their lives today.

ďAs the 2004 pageant came to a close we are pleased to report that our scholarship coordinator, Kandis Lee, raised $2200 to be awarded to the six contestants, leaving the non finalist to receive $100 and 2nd runner up $300 and 1st runner up $600,Ē stated pageant coordinator Michelle Hess.

As the 2004 Miss Clark County, Cotton received a $1000 cash scholarship to use toward the college of their choice.

ďWe thank all of those who have donated to this wonderful cause and opportunity for these young ladies, to help further their education,Ē said pageant director Davin Acklie.

In June of 2004, Cotton will embark on a chance of a lifetime on the road to Mexico, MO. That week in Mexico, Jessie will compete alongside 38 other young and talented women for the Miss Missouri title. The same competition rules apply on a state level as well as the local levels.

ďJessie will have a busy seven months preparing for the event, and we hope that you will support her in all of her upcoming endeavors,Ē Hess said.



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