BY SARA KUHL
MITCHELL — The Persimmon Festival crowd gathered around the stage Monday night and applauded as Mia Burton was crowned as the 2013 Persimmon Festival queen.
“It’s unbelievable,” said 17-year-old Burton, who was sponsored by the Varsity Club. “My mom came up, and when she hugged me, I cried a little.”
Burton, a senior at Mitchell High School, said this was the first time she participated in the queen pageant. Judging for the contest took place Sunday afternoon at the MHS auditorium.
“This is the first time I’ve done anything girly,” Burton said. “I was not expecting (to win) because every girl did so well.”
Burton, daughter of Steve Burton and Linda Burton, plays basketball for MHS. She also plays softball and participates in Spanish and the MHS Pep Club.
Burton plans to attend college and would like to be an attorney. She also is interested in journalism. To explore the future career idea, she interns at the Lawrence County Courthouse with Circuit Court Judge Andrea McCord.
Burton said in order to prepare for the queen contest, she practiced her speech in front of both her mother and father many times.
“I am astounded; in shock,” Linda said. “I knew she had it in her.”
“This is a hard thing to go through,” Burton said, mentioning the public speaking aspect of the contest. “It’s such an awesome experience.”
As the 2013 queen, Burton was awarded items including the crown, a scepter, two necklaces, $50 cash, a travel bag, a bouquet and a purse.
“I want to encourage more girls to enter because I made friendships here I did not expect to make, and I expect they’re life-long friendships.”
Burton’s court of Persimmon princesses includes Meghan Jade Emberton, who also won Miss Congeniality, Abbie Nicola White, Burgandy Kay Eagans, Brittany Lynn Bell, Mattie Jean England and Jayda Marie Eubanks,
“It’s been fun meeting all these girls,” Burton said after the contest. “I wish them all the best in life.”
Courtesy of the Times-Mail.