The Miss South Carolina Pageant is a little more complicated than it once was.
For instance, Catie Rawl is Miss Greenville County, but she lives in Laurens. Among the contestants are a Miss Greenville Scottish Games, a Miss Laurens County (Ansley Seay of Columbia), a Miss South Carolina Peach Festival, a Miss Soda City, a Miss Teal and Bronze. and a Miss Yellow Jasmine.
Catie said she entered the Miss Greenville County pageant on a bit of a whim and kept it somewhat of a secret.
But, she said, “It’s quite an honor. I spent nine years of my life living in Greenville County and have lots of family there.”
The Miss South Carolina Pageant is held at Columbia’s Township Auditorium in conjunction with Miss South Carolina Teen.
Catie, however, is the only beauty queen in the field who lives in Laurens County and she is a graduate of LDHS. She attends the University of South Carolina. She is a page in the South Carolina State Senate for Lexington County’s Katrina Shealy. She is also a Huddle Leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and a counselor at Palmetto Girls State.
Five nights of competitions began on Tuesday, where Catie participated in the platform-based questioning, discussing her passion for the topic of autism awareness. The swimsuit and evening gown competitions were held on Wednesday night. Thursday is talent night. She will perform Faith Hill’s “There Will Come a Day.”
“I sure love to sing,” she said. “I have a passion for contemporary country, and since I’m a Southerner, I enjoy songs that accentuate the sound of my accent.”
Although Friday night is reserved for Miss South Carolina Teen finals, the Miss South Carolina contestants will perform in the opening ceremonies.
The winner of Miss South Carolina 2018 will be crowned on Saturday night.