Madison and Morgan Taylor compete for U.S. National Forestry titles
by Emanuel County Live | September 30, 2014 3:41 pm
Madison Dawn Taylor and Morgan Delaney Taylor, daughters of Brandi Taylor and Todd Taylor, competed in the Miss U.S. National Forestry Pageant in Tifton recently. The girls are residents of Twin City.
Madison is 14 years old and in the ninth grade at Emanuel County Institute. She competed in the Teen Miss division against other girls ages 13 to 16 from all across the United States. Madison’s competition included one on one interviews with each of the five judges, where she had to give a speech on her chosen platform of Purity Until Marriage: Protect Yourself and Respect Yourself. She also had to answer questions about her platform, her resume and current events. The girls in the Teen Miss category also competed in an onstage production number, where they had to dress as their favorite story book character and do an introduction, telling where she was from and what state she was representing. Madison dressed as Cinderella. After evening gown competition, the top ten girls had to answer to on-stage questions to complete their scoring. Madison was chosen 4th runner up to the Teen Miss U.S. National Forestry Queen and received a $10,000 college scholarship to Weslyann College in Macon, Georgia. She was proudly sponsored by Durden Banking Company of Twin City, Metter Ford of Metter, Lasseter Implement Company of Ocilla, The Perfect Princess – Tanisha Dorsey of Swainsboro and Mr. and Mrs. Ronald Newell of Warner Robins.
Morgan Delaney Taylor is 12 years old and in the 6th grade at Emanuel County Institute. She was crowned Junior Miss Georgia Forestry Turpentine Queen earlier this year and represented Georgia at the National Pageant. Morgan competed against other young ladies, ranging in age from 10 to 12 years old, from all across the United States in the Junior Miss group. Morgan was crowned 2014 Junior Miss U.S. National Forestry Turpentine Queen and will represent forestry this upcoming year as both the Georgia Queen and National Queen. She will be making appearances all across the United States, promoting the Forestry Industry. Some of her appearances will include riding in the Plains Peanut Festival Parade, where she will meet former President Jimmy Carter, meeting the Governor of Georgia at the Capital, representing Forestry at the Ag Expo in Moultrie, as well as attending numerous parades and festivals. Morgan was proud to be sponsored by Durden Banking Company of Twin City, Southern Posh of Metter, Ag Depot of Collins, Daniels-Bishop Chevrolet of Metter, Randy’s Wrecker & Service Center of Metter, Handi House Mfg. Company of Swainsboro, Queensborough National Bank of Swainsboro, Triangle-J, Inc. of Collins, Bobcat Diner of Collins, TL Gold Pawn & Gun of Reidsville, Nikki’s on Main Hair Salon of Reidsville and Metter Ford of Metter.
Madison and Morgan Taylor are the granddaughters of James Ray Canady of Twin City, Sherry and Jimmy Love of Soperton and Ronald and Patricia Newell of Warner Robins.
The U.S. National Forestry Pageant is the oldest scholarship pageant in the state of Georgia and one of the oldest in the nation. This year marked the pageant’s 75th Anniversary. The first pageant was held in 1940 and was designed, not only with the contestants in mind, but also to promote the forestry industry. The forestry queens represent the industry all across the state of Georgia and other parts of the United States at parades, festivals, fairs and various speaking engagements. Forestry is the number one industry in Georgia and is a $20 billion dollar business. The U.S. National Forestry Scholarship Pageant has been named to Who’s Who and is registered in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.
All of the U.S. National Queens have their own Facebook page that features all of each queen’s activities and appearances throughout the coming year. Morgan’s page is Morgan Delaney-Taylor – Junior Miss Georgia Forestry Turpentine Queen/ Junior Miss U.S. National Forestry Turpentine Queen.