The time-honored tradition of crowning one young woman as Thomasville Rose Queen will continue later this week when eight contestants compete for the crown. Thomasville’s Rose Queen Pageant, presented by Junior Service League of Thomasville will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, June 15 in the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium. 

The pageant is a scholarship competition for local young women who are rising seniors. This pageant not only serves as an opportunity to win the highly-sought after title of Thomasville’s own Rose Queen, it also prepares each contestant to succeed with their endeavors as they move toward college and later in their chosen professions.

“As a scholarship pageant, what is most important is the process that we use to teach these young women a variety of skills they can use in the real world,” says Tourism Director for the City of Thomasville and Rose Queen Committee member Bonnie Hayes. “Through writing and interviewing skills, poise and presentation, public speaking and community service — the young ladies who compete must embody all of the qualities that we look for in someone to represent the character of Thomasville.” 

“We do not envy the judges’ job; all eight contestants are talented, smart and exceptional. I have been so impressed with the diversity of talent, intelligence, drive, dedication, athletic ability and articulation these young ladies possess, they will use all of that to step into the role of Rose Queen and serve as an ambassador for our city,” said JSL President and Pageant Coordinator Mariam Mirabzadeh. “Not only are these precious young ladies growing as individuals through the process of poise, interview, public speaking, fitness routines, etc., but they are growing as a group — and it’s truly special witnessing that.” 

To choose only one Rose Queen requires an esteemed panel of judges who will carefully review each contestant during the competition. 

“Having a well-rounded and experienced panel of judges is an extremely important aspect of the pageant,” says Hayes. “The pageant features judges who have participated in several state and regional panels and often sat on the judges’ panel for Miss Georgia.”

In addition to having experienced judges, the Rose Queen Pageant judging panel also has one novice judge.  

“The novice judge is new to the judging process, but is active in his or her community, often working in public relations or marketing,” said Hayes. “Including a novice judge enables the panel to see the contestants from a different point-of-view, which can be represented throughout the scoring process.”  

Said Mirabzadeh, “This year we could not be more proud to host special guest judges who have broadcasting, decades of pageant hosting, directing and placing, and so much more to share with our young contestants.” 

The Rose Queen Pageant is always an entertaining evening, and this year’s talent featured are members of Thomasville Music and Troupe and South Georgia Ballet. A silent auction full of amazing items, raffles will be featured and a people’s choice award.

Returning for a third year is Karla Heath-Sands, who will entertain the audience as emcee for the ceremony.

“We’re so happy Mrs. Heath-Sands will be joining us again this year,” says Mirabzadeh. “She has a true ability to get the audience involved. She is not new to the pageant world, she herself placed fourth runner-up at Miss Georgia when she was Miss Macon and then placed second when she served as Miss Brunswick-Golden Isles.”

Tickets for the pageant are on sale for $8 each at the Thomasville Visitors Center, 144 E. Jackson St., and also will be available at the door the evening of the pageant.

“You do not want to miss this pageant. Come be part of local history in the making and help us welcome the newest Rose Queen as she takes her first steps across the stage,” said Mirabzadeh. “With so many outstanding young ladies competing this year, we highly anticipate selling out.”

For more information, visit jslthomasville.com or email tjslpresident@gmail.com

The 2018 Thomasville Rose Queen contestants, listed in order of their randomly assigned contestant numbers, are:

No. 1 Mallory Singletary

• Daughter of Brett Singletary and Tanja Singletary

• Thomasville Scholars Academy

No. 2 Keisha Patel

• Daughter of Pankaj Patel and Minal Patel

• Thomasville Scholars Academy

No. 3 Mary Cathryn Dixon

• Daughter of Charles Dixon and Suzanne Dixon

• Brookwood School

No. 4 Sydney McKay

• Daughter of Steven McKay and Alison McKay

• Thomasville Scholars Academy

No. 5 Ellie Harrer

• Daughter of Dr. William Harrer III and Maureen Harrer

• Brookwood School

No. 6 Adrienne Carson

• Daughter of Bill Carson and Tina Carson

• Thomas County Central High School

No. 7 Caroline Anthony

• Daughter of Tony Anthony and Daisy Anthony

• Thomasville Scholars Academy

No. 8 Brooklyn Reese

• Daughter of Thomas Speigner and Lisa Speigner

• Thomas County Central High School

(Photos courtesy of: Kevin Lamb Photography @ kevinlambphotography.com)

Important Information:

What: 2018 Thomasville Rose Queen Pageant

When: Friday, June 15 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30)

Where: Thomasville Municipal Auditorium, 144 E.  Jackson St., Thomasville, GA 31792

Tickets: $8/per person; available in advance at the Visitors Center (inside the auditorium) or at the door.