Three girls from Sanderson will be competing for National Forestry Pageant crowns on August 31 in Tifton, GA.
Two of the youths, Whitley Mobley and Katie Register, won state forestry pageant titles on July 13 at Baker County High School and the third, Mallory Mobley, who is Whitley’s 14-year-old sister, is entering the national contest as an “at-large” contestent in the Teen Miss division.
The 2011 Junior Miss National Forestry Queen Jillian Hodges was from Baker County as well.
Whitley Mobley, 7, will compete in the Little Miss division. She won the state Litte Miss title.
Katie Register, 12, will vie for the national Junior Miss crown.
She won the state Junior Miss sash last month when 75 contestants from across Florida competed for crowns in eight age divisions.
The state pageant was directed by Dr. Sydney Ferreira and presided over by six judges evaluating contestants for poise, beauty, personality, gown and overall appearance, in addition to optional categories that included best dress and most photogenic, among others.
State pageant winners in the teen and miss divisions received scholarship money in addition to the Swarovski jeweled crowns and embroidered sashes given to all the division winners, who are eligible to compete for the national titles in Tifton this weekend at the Tift County High School Performing Arts Center.
A formal ball for contestants will take place there as well.
Katie Register is the daughter of Scott and Kelly Register while Whitley and Mallory Mobley are the daughters of Shannon and Brandy Mobley. The older sister won the 2012 Miss Baker County Middle School crown.
State forestry pageant queens represent the State of Florida throughout the year at multiple events, including the Florida Forestry Festival in Perry, FL in late October.
The festival features a parade, autograph signings and other fun events related to the foresty field. The state forestry pageant system provides scholarships to young ladies while promoting Florida’s forestry industry.