Adcox wins crown
Jordan Adcox, a sophomore at Chase High School, recently won Miss Gastonia's Outstanding Teen title.
Adcox, 15, competed for the title at Gaston College in August and will now advance to the state competition for Miss North Carolina's Outstanding Teen crown June 17-21, 2014 at the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.
According to a press release, the Outstanding Teen pageant is for girls ages 13-17 and is affiliated with the Miss America program. It focuses on scholastic achievement, the performing arts, healthy living, public speaking and community involvement. Girls from a 10-county region are eligible to enter the Gastonia pageant.
"It's a great organization to be in and a lot of people don't realize that the points on the crown in it mean something," Adcox said. "The points represent success, style, scholarship and service."
Adcox has been competing in pageants since she was five months old. At that age, she competed at a Sunburst pageant in Spartanburg and went to Atlanta, Ga. where she placed first in her category. When she was 10, she was featured on the reality show "Little Miss Perfect."
As she matured in her career, she stopped competing in glitz pageants and moved on to Miss America pageants when she was 13.
"I like the Miss America pageants because you interact with the judges. They can get to know you because of your platform and there is more to judge you on than just dance," Adcox said. "It is the number one scholarship program in the world for women."
For the Gastonia pageant, she competed in the categories of talent, interview, physical fitness, evening gown and on stage question. For the talent competition, she presented a lyrical dance to the song "Adonai." She has danced at DreamWeavers Dance Studio in Forest City for many years.
"I'm usually the most nervous about the dance part, even though I have danced all my life," Adcox said. "The interview is the easiest part."
During the interview process, the judges asked Adcox about her community service project titled "Jordan's Relay Rainbows." She creates and sells rainbow-colored pins to raise money for the American Caner Society's Relay for Life program in memory of her dance teacher who died of colon cancer.
Adcox said she is looking forward to going to the state competition. She has been once before when she won Miss Outstanding Teen in Asheville in 2012.
"I love state, it's an amazing week," Adcox said. "You get to spend a whole week with those girls and they are extremely nice."
Until the competition she will be practicing with her pageant coaches and making public appearances.
“I am excited about my year as Miss Gastonia’s Outstanding Teen and I want to be more involved in my community,” Adcox said in a statement. “I am looking forward to making appearances at local events, participating in the Christmas parades, and working on my community service project that promotes Relay for Life.”
For more information about the Outstanding Teen program visit www.missgastoniapageant.com.