Carter crowned Miss 4-H Queen

On Saturday, January 9, 2009 Laurens County 4-H Volunteer Leaders and the Laurens County Teen Council hosted the second annual Miss 4- H Pageant. The pageant was held at Thornwell’s Home for Children’s Gilliam Center in Clinton, SC. Approximately 150 family members, friends and 4-H supporters attended the event to cheer on these outstanding contestants. The pageant was held in an effort to raise funds for Laurens County 4-H. All funds raised will go to support 4-H clubs, programs and leadership opportunities in Laurens County.

The pageant had thirty-six contestants from eleven counties competing in five age divisions. This pageant was not a beauty pageant. It was solely open to all female 4-H’ers across the state. The pageant had four divisions of competition: business attire, 4-H attire, formal attire and questions. Two of the four divisions strictly targeted the 4-H’ers. The 4-H attire allowed the contestants to show off the type of clothing they would wear for their 4-H project. During the question division the contestants were asked age appropriate question about 4-H and/or their 4-H experience. The judges scored the contestants on poise, stage presence, speaking skills, personality and confidence.

The following contestants were crowned that evening on their excellent work:

Little Miss Cloverbud (5-7 years old)
Delea Margaret Shea, Greenwood County Crowned
Jada Nevaeh Anthony, Laurens County Crowned
Anna Turner, Laurens County Crowned
Rebekah Marie Morton, Charleston County Crowned

Little Miss Cloverleaf (8-10 years old)
MacKenzie Caroline Riley, Saluda County Crowned
Samantha Lee Nichols, Saluda County - 1st Runner Up
Rebecca Cheyenne McClinton, Laurens County - 2nd Runner Up

Miss Junior 4-H’er (11-12 years old)
Morgan Lynn Smerdell, Kershaw County Crowned
Laurie Ann Morris, Lexington County - 1st Runner Up
Brandi Robinson, Laurens County - 2nd Runner Up

Miss 4-H Teen (13-15 years old)
Kala Leona McClinton, Laurens County Crowned
Katie Morris, Lexington County - 1st Runner Up
Jessica Dawn Lee, Chester County - 2nd Runner Up

Miss 4-H Queen (16-18 years old)
Teresa Annette Carter, Bamberg County Crowned
Chelsea Grace Nichols, Saluda County - 1st Runner Up
Chelsea Nicole Calvert, Laurens County - 2nd Runner Up


4-H is the youth development program of the Cooperative Extension Service, a nationwide partnership of federal, state, and county governments, and the private sector. 4-H Youth Development programs are offered on an age appropriate basis to all youth, ages 5-19, regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, political beliefs, sexual orientation, marital or family status.

For more details about 4-H and state 4-H events and opportunities, visit the state 4-H web site at