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Hubbard new Miss Kingsport, Ison new Miss Sullivan County

J. H. Osborne • Jul 15, 2019 at 9:08 AM

KINGSPORT — Taylor Hubbard is Miss Kingsport 2020 and Caitlin Ison is Miss Sullivan County 2020. The two were crowned Sunday at the conclusion of the 66th annual Miss Kingsport and Miss Sullivan County Scholarship Competition, a preliminary to the Miss America Pageant. Both will go on to compete in the Miss Tennessee Pageant.

The first runner-up (for both titles) is Sarah Grace “Gracie” Blevins.

Hubbard, 22, the daughter of David and Tina Hubbard, is from Fall Branch. She is a graduate student at East Tennessee State University. For the talent competition — which accounts for 40 percent of a contestant’s overall score from the judges — she danced ballet on point. Her advocacy platform: “Read to Lead: Improving the Literacy of Our Youth.” Hubbard tied for first place in talent with Blevins, who also danced. Hubbard also tied for first, with McKenzie Templeton, in the evening gown and impact statement portion of the competition, which accounts for 20 percent of a contestant’s overall score.

Ison, 17, the daughter of Mark and Lisa Ison, is from Mount Carmel. She is an upcoming freshman at ETSU where she will be majoring in education. In the talent portion of the competition, Ison performed a lyrical praise dance to the song “Scars.” Her advocacy program: Child Hunger Awareness. Ison was also named Miss Congeniality, an honor voted on by her fellow contestants.

At titleholders, Hubbard and Ison each will be awarded $1,000 in scholarship money plus a list of other prizes. As first runner-up, Blevins will be awarded $500 in scholarship money.

Templeton is second runner-up ($400 in scholarship money), and Victoria Stamper is third runner-up ($300 in scholarship money).

All non-finalists will be awarded $100 in scholarship money.

The Miss Kingsport Pageant is the longest continually produced Miss America preliminary competition in Tennessee and consistently ranks among those awarding the most in scholarship dollars to its contestants. This year’s competition saw more than $4,100 in scholarships awarded, plus other gifts and services.

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