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UT Martin student, alum to compete for Miss Tennessee title


Contact 1: Erin Chesnut


MARTIN, Tenn. – Morgan Martin, a current University of Tennessee at Martin student from Union City, and Lauren Dickson, a recent graduate from Parsons, will compete June 20-23 in the 2018 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson. Preliminary competitions will be held June 20-22, and the final competition will air live at 7:45 p.m., June 23, on EplusTV6.

Martin, a senior studying health and human performance with a concentration in exercise science and wellness, will represent the university as Miss UT Martin. Her platform is Wheeling Sportsmen, an organization that raises funds to help make hunting and shooting sports accessible to people with disabilities.

She is a graduate of South Fulton High School and a current member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority. Martin performed a flute solo for the talent portion of the combined Miss UT Martin/Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival Scholarship Pageant last November.

Dickson graduated from UT Martin this past May with a Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies degree and will represent the Dixie Carter Performing Arts Center in Huntingdon as Miss Dixie PAC. Dickson’s platform is CASA: I am for the child. The Court Appointed Special Advocates’ network currently boasts more than 76,000 volunteers whose role is to help abused and neglected children have their voices and needs heard in the courtroom.

Dickson is only the second contestant to hold the new Miss Dixie PAC title after performing a rendition of Celine Dion’s “To Love You More” during the competition last August.

The winner of the 2018 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant will serve as the governor’s spokesperson for character education in schools across the state. She will also compete Sept. 9 in the Miss America Scholarship Competition held in Atlantic City, New Jersey. If Miss Tennessee 2018 wins the Miss America crown, her first runner-up will assume statewide duties.


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