The time-honored tradition of crowning one young woman as the Thomasville Rose Queen will continue later this month when 12 young women compete for the crown. Thomasville’s Rose Queen Pageant, presented by The Junior Service League of Thomasville will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 7 p.m. in the Thomasville Municipal Auditorium. The pageant is a scholarship competition for rising juniors and seniors.

The Thomasville Rose Queen empowers young women to be thoughtful, vocal and impassioned advocates for themselves and the community and encourages their pursuit of scholastic achievement as a path towards a bright future. The process of preparing for the competition introduces the contestants to a variety of real world skills, like interviewing, poise, presentation, public speaking and community engagement.

We do not envy the judges job; all 12 contestants are talented, smart and exceptional stated JSL officials.

“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 Mariam Mirabzadeh, JSL past-cresident and pageant coordinator.

“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 to witness.”

To choose only one queen requires an esteemed panel of judges who will carefully review each contestant during the competition. The judges are experienced, well-trained and impartial, officials said.

The pageant promises to be an entertaining evening. This year the featured talent are members from Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe and South Georgia Ballet. Also a People’s Choice Award will be awarded. Audience members may cast their vote in the form of monetary donations towards their favorite contestant until the end of intermission. Advanced voting for People’s Choice is available at jslthomasville.com. A portion of the proceeds raised from the People’s Choice Award will be given to the winner and remaining funds will benefit the ongoing community service efforts of the JSL including the eyeglass program.

We are thrilled to announce returning for a fourth year; Karla Heath-Sands 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 currently on sale for $10 each at the Thomasville Visitors Center, 144 E. Jackson St., online at jslthomasville.com and will also 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 thomasvillerosequeen@gmail.com.

The 2019 Thomasville Rose Queen contestants, listed in order of their randomly assigned contestant numbers, are:

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

No. 1 Kate Porter

• Daughter of Mrs. Jami and Mr. Joe Porter

• Brookwood School

No. 2 Meta Ughetto

• Daughter of Mrs. Michele and Mr. Stephane Ughetto

• Thomasville High School

No. 3 Brennan Rae

• Daughter of Mrs. Summer and Mr. Will Perry, Mrs. Sadie and Mr. Evan Rae

• Thomasville High School

No. 4 Railey Richardson

• Daughter of Mrs. Paula and Dr. Albert Richardson

• Thomas County Central High School

No. 5 Katie Giemza

• Daughter of Mrs. Tracey-Sanford and Mr. Mike Giemza

• Thomas County Central High School

No. 6 Tiffany Warfield

• Daughter of Ms. Angela C. Causey

• Thomas County Central High School

No. 7 Lyric Hogans

• Daughter of Mrs. Devona and Mr. Stephan Thompson

• Thomasville High School

No. 8 Emmy Hayes

• Daughter of Mrs. Bonnie and Mr. Danny Hayes

• Thomasville High School

No. 9 Molly Novak

• Daughter of Mrs. Renee and Dr. Joseph Novak

• Thomasville High School

No. 10 Aleks Arwood

• Daughter of Mrs. Michele and Mr. Bill Arwood

• Brookwood School

No. 11 Caroline Elkins

• Daughter of Mrs. Paige and Mr. Bill Elkins

• Brookwood School

No. 12 Jordan Williams

• Daughter of Mrs. Melissa and Mr. Brad Williams

• Thomasville High School