Miss Martin County Fair crowned

Miss Martin County FairĀ 2015 Jordan Bessette . This is the first year the Miss Martin County Fair Pageant became a qualifying event for the Miss Florida Teen USA contest

Jordan Bessette was recently crowned Miss Martin County Fair. The pageant is held annually on the opening night of the fair and this year’s contest had 12 young women competing for the crown, a partial college scholarship and the opportunity to go on to compete in the Miss Florida Teen USA contest.

After an opening dance routine performed by all the contestants, the girls were interviewed on stage about their background, volunteer activities as well as future plans. Five finalists were chosen by the judges to move on as the Queen’s Court. Each of the five was then given a single question to answer while the other contestants were sequestered backstage unable to hear the question or response.

The question for each finalist was “What are the biggest challenges facing teenage girls today?” The answers ranged from “Boys and their distractions” to “Teenage girls being comfortable with who they are and dealing with the insecurities of growing up in today’s social media-driven society.”

Musical performers entertained the crowd while the girls waited for the judges final decisions. The judges’ final tally came in with Clarissa Bell named as 4th Runner up, Michelle Schulman 3rd Runner up, Ewra Massey 2nd Runner up, Carolyn Munson 1st Runner Up and Jordan Bessette named as this year’s Miss Martin County Fair. Elisabeth Mochan was named Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants and also became part of the Queen’s Court for 2015.

Gracie Baecher, last year’s Miss Martin County Fair, participated in the dance routine with all the girls and at the end of the night presented Jordan with her sash and crown as this year’s winner.

This is the first year the Miss Martin County Fair Pageant became a qualifying event for the Miss Florida Teen USA contest. Jordan will get the chance to compete for a full college scholarship as well as the title of Miss Florida Teen USA in Fort Lauderdale on Oct. 19. The winner of that pageant then goes on to compete in the Miss Teen USA contest.

This was the first pageant Jordan had competed in after many years as a volleyball player including two years on the Martin County High School Volleyball team. Several knee surgeries sidelined Jordan from volleyball and she pursued other interests this year.

Jordan’s background includes more than seven years of volunteering for Surfers For Autism, a nonprofit organization from Florida that travels the state hosting weekend surfing days for autistic children. Jordan also volunteers annually for Toys for Tots during the holiday season.

She is considering a career in sports medicine or the medical field with hopes of attending the University of Florida, FSU or the University of North Carolina.

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