Walker’s Farris crowned 2011 Junior Miss
by David Lazenby
Sep 01, 2010 | 4790 views | 0 0 comments | 16 16 recommendations | email to a friend | print
After winning the 2011 Walker County Junior Miss program Tuesday, Allison Farris was congratulated by several friends, family members and fellow contestants, including first runner-up Caroline Laird, left. Photo by: David Lazenby
After winning the 2011 Walker County Junior Miss program Tuesday, Allison Farris was congratulated by several friends, family members and fellow contestants, including first runner-up Caroline Laird, left. Photo by: David Lazenby
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Allison Farris fared well Tuesday night in the 2011 Walker County Junior Miss program. The Walker High School senior not only won the scholarship contest, but also received awards for best talent, fitness and self-expression.

Farris, who followed in the footsteps of two sisters who competed in the annual event, Gracie and Caroline, said taking part in Junior Miss has been a wonderful experience.

“This is a great opportunity for women,” said Farris, who won $2,000 in scholarship money by winning the primary contest. She also racked up an extra $500 by winning the secondary events.

Farris, who performed classical piano as her talent, plans to attend New England Conservatory and the University of Alabama after high school.

Farris’ father, Doug Farris, said he is proud of all the hard work his daughter did in preparation for the contest. Allison’s mother, Jane, said it was pleasing to see her youngest daughter bring home the medal that eluded both Gracie in 2009 and Caroline in 2007.

Farris will go on to compete in the Alabama Junior Miss program, which will be held Jan. 14-15 in Montgomery.

Monique Rector, the local program director, said anyone interested in attending the event may contact her for ticket information at 221-7460.

The first runner-up in the program held at Rowland Auditorium on the Jasper campus of Bevill State Community College was Caroline Laird.

The second runner-up was Olivia Katherine Hyche, who also took the Spirit of Junior Miss Award.

Other winners included Morgan Brasfield, who won the Scholastics Award, and Kimberly Wideman, who won the “Be Your Best Self” essay contest.

Also taking part in the program were Meghan Elliott, Morgan Ariel VanZante and Genie Chappell.

One high school senior who had planned to take part in the contest, Krista Riddle, was forced to drop out of the event due to injuries sustained recently while wakeboarding.

Riddle, was however, in attendance at Tuesday’s event.

The 2010 Walker County Junior Miss, Kristen Mosley, who went on to win the state event in Montgomery, was on hand Tuesday to perform classical music on piano and present awards to the night’s winners.

Rector said she was impressed with all of this year’s junior miss participants.

“It was one of the most relaxed and fun and down-to-earth group of girls we’ve had in a while,” she said.