June 3, 2004

Jessie Cotton Headed To Miss Missouri Pageant

On June 5th Jessie Cotton, Miss Clark County 2004, will be embarking on a lifelong memory as she travels to Mexico, MO, where she will compete for the title of Miss Missouri 2004.

Throughout the week of June 7th Jessie will compete against 37 other young ladies from all over the state. She will be competing in five categories.

On Wednesday of that week Jessie will begin her competition in the Private Interview portion. She will have a 12-minute interview with the panel of five state qualified judges.

Public viewing competitions also begin on Wednesday evening at 8:00 p.m. at the Missouri Military Academy in Mexico. Jessie will be featured in the swimsuit segment of competition.

Thursday will be the evening gown contests. Contestants attend dressed in the gown of their choice.

Closing the preliminary competitions on Friday night, Jessie will be performing a vocal solo “You’ll Never Walk Alone” a Broadway musical for her talent selection.

The Miss Missouri Pageant will come to a close on Saturday evening, when the selection will be narrowed to 10 contestants. The field will then shrink to the top five contestants before concluding with the naming of the new 2004 Miss Missouri.

For more information on the Miss Missouri Scholarship Pageant competitions visit missmissouri.org.

A community sendoff will be hosted at the Methodist Church in Memphis on June 3 beginning at 7:00 p.m.

“We would like for you to attend a small reception in Jessie’s honor on Thursday,” said committee chairperson Davin Acklie. “We want to wish her the best. All are welcome to attend. Let us all wish Jessie the best of Luck.”

Jessie is a life-long resident of Memphis. She is the daughter of Tom and Teresa Cotton. Jessie is the middle child of three. She has two sisters Sarah and Melissa. Jessie is a 2004 graduate of Scotland County R-I High School and plans to attend college in the fall, where she will pursue a degree in Mass Communications or Music Education. In her spare time she enjoys playing sports, dancing, and singing.

Jessie plans to use the “Keeping the Fine Arts Alive” as her platform to carry out into the communities, as well as at the state level.

“Jessie is a great mentor and a positive role model for our communities,” Acklie said. “We are proud to be sending her to the state competition.”

Cotton said her outlook on the pageant experience is to gain knowledge including interview skills and meeting people. Of course she also hopes to earn scholarship money to further her education.

“Jessie, the community, the directors, and pageant staff wish you the best and you will make us proud regardless of the outcome,” Acklie said.

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