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Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen Yolina Lindquist (left), Miss Metropolis Campbell Neely (center) and Miss Shawnee Sweetheart's Outstanding Teen Kate Williams will relinquish their crowns on Sunday, Jan. 16, during the 2022 Miss Metropolis Scholarship Competition. Advance tickets to the event, being held at the Metropolis Community Center, are available from any contestant, executive director Sandy Farmer at 618-645-0363 or co-director Leesa Foster at 618-638-6507. Neely, Williams and Lindquist were crowned during the 2019 competition and reappointed in 2020-21 due to COVID restrictions.

Excitement is building for the 2022 Miss Metropolis Scholarship Competition with four contestants competing for the title of Miss Metropolis 2022.

The annual event is set for 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16, at the Metropolis Community Center, 900 W. 10th St. Advanced tickets are $12 and available from any contestant, executive director Sandy Farmer at 618-645-0363 or co-director Leesa Foster at 618-638-6507. Tickets at the door will be $13. Program books will be $5 each. Refreshments will be provided.

During the evening, the Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen will also be crowned, as well as the Miss Metropolis Mentoring Program Princesses.

“This year, due to an insufficient number of candidates required to hold the teen portion of the competition, we have made the decision to appoint a very capable and deserving young lady who showed interest from the beginning of the sign-up period,” Farmer said. “Claire Bremer will participate in all of the competition categories the night of the event; however, she will not be judged, as she is already appointed to the position.”

Emily Travis Hargrove will emcee the event. Hargrove was Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen 2008, Miss Illinois Outstanding Teen 2008 and Miss Metropolis 2015.

Miss Metropolis candidates compete in personal interview, talent, evening wear/social impact statement and an on-stage interview. Candidates are:

• Kaitlyn Williams, 19, of Metropolis, is the daughter of Lewis and Casey Williams. Her talent will be a flute solo of “Demons.” Her social impact initiative is “Be a Hero — Donate to Save Lives.”

• Maddison Thompson, 21, of Anna, is the daughter of Brandie Watkins and Tracy Thompson. Her talent will be stand-up comedy. Her social impact initiative is “Together We Rise.”

• Hope Pearcy, 18, of Metropolis, is the daughter of Tim and Sherry Pearcy. Her talent will be a piano performance of “Solfeggietto” by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. Her social impact initiative is “Better Together.”

• Cami Horman, 22, of Metropolis, is the daughter of Bruce and Lanna Horman. Her talent will be a piano performance of “Aragonaise” by Georges Bizet. Her social impact initiative is “Cultivating Kindness.”

Miss Metropolis 2019-21 Campbell Neely will crown the 2022 Miss Metropolis winner.

The Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen appointee is Claire Bremer, 17, of Metropolis, the daughter of Joel and Elizabeth Bremer. Her talent is a classical piano performance of Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy.” Her social impact initiative is “Keys to Kindness.”

Bremer will do an onstage exhibition of her talent, evening wear/onstage question, lifestyle and fitness apparel. She will participate in personal interview earlier in the day.

The new Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen will be crowned by Yolina Lindquist, the 2019-21 Miss Metropolis Outstanding Teen.

Farmer noted this marks the 13th year for princess participation, the competition’s mentoring program.

“The four young ladies who are competing for Miss Metropolis will mentor the five princess participants before and during the pageant. The winning titleholders will continue to mentor them their entire year of service,” she explained. “There are five young ladies participating in the 2022 Miss Metropolis Mentoring Program, and each of them have the opportunity to attend the 2022 Miss Illinois Pageant, which will be held in June,” she said.

The Miss Metropolis Mentoring Program Princesses for 2022 are: Emerson Eskridge, 10, of Metropolis, the daughter of Carly and Austin Eskridge; Phoebe Daniels, 9, of Metropolis, the daughter of Nicole Daniels and Ronnie Daniels; Braylin Moore, 8, of Metropolis, the daughter of Gabrielle and Shaquille Moore; Mikenna Hamilton, 8, of Metropolis, the daughter of Freda Walker and Michael Hamilton; Jayda Tyson, 6, of Metropolis, the daughter of Taylor Summers and Lamar Tyson; and Korie Paige Klaffer, 5, of Metropolis, the daughter of Jessica Cruz.

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