Miss North Jefferson Area Reagan Handley and Miss Gardendale Magnolia Festival Meg McGuire were celebrated last week at a send off event at the Gardendale Civic Center. The two young women will compete at Miss Alabama this week at Samford University.

McGuire and Handley are two of 47 candidates competing for this year’s title.

McGuire was named a finalist for the Catherine Crosby Community Service Award and Handley is a finalist for the STEM Scholarship at the pageant.

Pageant events are being held all week, but the final competition will be held on Saturday, June 8.

Each year the competition awards over $100,000 in college scholarships.

On Wednesday, Handley tied for first place in the evening wear/spcial impact portion of the competition. 

Reagan Handley 

Hometown: Gardendale

Education: Auburn University, Materials Engineering

Talent: Acro Jazz Dance

Social Impact Statement: Growing Healthy Hearts—The essences of Growing Healthy Hearts is to educate individuals, young and old, about the importance of creating healthy habits to obtain and maintain a heart healthy lifestyle. Heart disease continues to plague our society as the number one killer of individuals today. It is through the educational program of Growing Healthy Hearts, individuals can become educated about the benefits of following good eating and exercise habits and avoiding high risk behaviors that lead to heart disease.

Meg McGuire 

Hometown: Tuscumbia

Education: Manderson Graduate School of Business, MBA; Bachelor’s Degree, Public Relations from The University of Alabama

Talent: Piano “I would do anything for love (but I won’t do that”

Social Impact Statement: Clay’s Crew: It is my ambition to rally communities together through my social impact statement in order to further develop a network of those working together to raise awareness and implement action on behalf of children and families in recovery. I have seen the power of a family on the other side of healing pouring back into the hearts and lives of a family just embarking on the journey to put the pieces back together following life-altering medical trauma. This is how I seek to “fill the gap” between places of hurt and healing. There is power in telling your story. When you make an impact, you leave an essence of those yourself with those you’ve made an impression on. By serving someone, your simultaneously pass the torch to encourage him or her to serve someone else in return. I don’t just seek to serve. I seek to empower others to do the same.

Rachel Davis is the editor and general manager of The North Jefferson News. She can be reached at editor@njeffersonnews.com or by calling 205.631.8716. 

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