HALEYVILLE - A rising Haleyville High School student will soon have the opportunity to compete for a prestigious national title.
Samantha Edwards, 15, has qualified as a state finalist for the National American Miss Pageant, which will take place July 31-Aug. 2, at the Crowne Plaza in Baton Rouge, La. Girls from Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana will all be gatherine in Baton Rouge to compete in their respective state pageant, all for the chance to go to Disney World in Orlando, Fla., to compete in the natinal pageant.
Edwards is currently a Haleyville Middle School eighth grader, and is a member of the Haleyville High School Roaring Lion Band and Jazz Band.
Edwards’ journey to Baton Rouge began in August, 2020, when she competed in the National American Miss state competition at the Sheraton in Birmingham. She was the winner of the photogenic portfolio award and the Spirit of American award. In addition, she was also a finalist in the interview category, first runner-up in the talent competition, third runner-up in the top model competition and fourth runner-up in the photogenic competition.
In November, Edwards competed in the national competition at the Hyatt Regency in Orlando, Fla. There, she won the national photogenic portfolio award, the national Spirit of America award and was an interview finalist.
As part of her work with pageants, Edwards has also performed community service., including donating school supplies to Haleyville Middle School and helping with the backpack ministry helmed by Littleville United Methodist Church.
Edwards is very grateful to the many community businesses and organizations that have helped her financially with her pageant dreams. They include Pathway Church of God of Prophecy, Hometown Title & Pawn, C&D Tanning & Variety, Saks Thrift Ave and Formals, Sight & Sound Video, Hutch’s Grocery, Wagg ‘n Tails, South Star Nails, H.L. Martin Dist., Razor’s Edge, KITH Kitchens and KITH Furniture. In order to make it to the national pageant in Baton Rouge, Edwards is asking for the community’s support once more.
“The National American Miss program has helped her grow so much in the last two years she has competed. She has gained confidence as an individual and learned life skills such as public speaking and interview skills. She plans on visiting local businesses for sponsorship contributions and holding fund-raising activities,” Edwards’ mother, Larisa Edwards, said.
A GoFundMe account has been set up for Samantha (NAM Nationals 2020), and she also has a PayPal account (SamforNAM).
“Samantha is very grateful for the support and contributions she has received from everyone,” Larisa said. “She is looking forward to continuing her journey, gaining more experience and growing confidence.”
Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in supporting Samantha who need more information may call or send a text to (205) 494-9372 for more information.
Samantha is also the daughter of Kenny Edwards.
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