MARTIN, Tenn. – Erica Glisson graduated from college with a nursing degree one month ago, but that doesn’t mean she is sleeping in and chilling out this summer. The recent University of Tennessee at Martin graduate is an early riser with plenty to do, and she will compete in next week’s Miss Tennessee pageant in Jackson.
Camille Garner, from Tullahoma, a Tennessee Tech student, will also compete in the pageant. The two contestants won the Miss UT Martin and the Miss Tennessee Soybean Pageant titles, respectively.
The contestants’ public activities kick off on Sunday, June 15, with the actual pageant beginning the evening of Wednesday, June 18, and culminating in the crowning of Miss Tennessee on Saturday, June 21.
“I have been doing something every day,” Glisson said. “I have been studying for my nursing boards, which are about three weeks after the pageant,” she said. “I have been getting my dresses together, studying current events, practicing my song and working on my platform.”
Glisson’s platform, “Love on a Leash”, includes her registered therapy dog, Heath. The whole platform involves character education. “I want to show how Heath is loyal to his family and friends.”
The scholarship fund is based on a rich scholastic tradition which has been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945. Today, educational achievements and public service continue to be the primary objectives for the Miss America and the Miss Tennessee organizations. In 2013, the Miss Tennessee Scholarship Foundation, Inc. awarded more $100,000 in cash scholarships to the participants.
Glisson will settle in for pageant week with her roommate, Miss Decatur County, Sunday afternoon.
“It’s just like basketball camp,” Glisson said. “It’s all fun and all the hard work is worth it.”
For her talent, Glisson will sing the song “(They Just Keep) Moving the Line,” from the television show Smash.
If all goes well for the Gleason native, she could very well live out one of the lines of the song, “It started as a rover and victory was mine.”