MISS FLORENCE: Bryant ready to take step to Miss S.C. crown
The Miss South Carolina pageant will celebrate its 85th anniversary this year and Miss Florence Berkley Bryant is ready to make her mark as the new Miss South Carolina.
Bryant, a 21 year-old rising senior at Clemson University, is no stranger to the Miss South Carolina stage. Back in 2018 Bryant won the title of Miss South Carolina Teen and has aspirations of becoming only the third teen title holder to win both crowns.
“First of all, I want to say how grateful I am to be representing Florence on the Miss South Carolina stage,” Bryant said. “This organization is truly a development program, and I have been so blessed to be a product of that development. My involvement began as a teen candidate at 13 years old, and I have grown personally and professionally thanks to this incredible program that shaped me into the person I am today.”
The pageant will be held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia June 21-23 with preliminary competitions and the finals on June 25.
The winner of Miss South Carolina will represent the Palmetto State at the Miss America Competition in December.
Each candidate will compete in a private interview with the judges, on-stage question, talent and evening gown.
Bryant, a Clemson Tiger dancer, said the Miss South Carolina competition is like no other and her favorite part is talent.
“The talent portion is one aspect that truly sets us apart as an organization,” Bryant said. “I have been dancing since I was 2 years old, so performing my tap routine on the Miss South Carolina stage is going to be so special for me.”
Each candidate must also have a Social Impact Initiative that they promote with Bryant’s being “Set the Pace for Inclusion: #StrongerTogether.”
“This year has allowed me to expand my network beyond belief in gaining support for my social impact initiative, as well as new partnerships and sponsorships for the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization,” Bryant said. “As a marketing student at Clemson University and representing the Florence community, I have learned the value of networking in my travels throughout the year in addition to some of the most impactful experiences that have ultimately helped me grow personally and professionally in preparation for the job of Miss South Carolina. I feel confident in what I bring to the table for this job, and I am so excited for the hard work and dedication to pay off. Above all, my faith is my biggest strength, and I pray that his light always shines through me. ”
Miss Florence Pageant Local Executive Director Alicia Gibson-Robinson said she looks forward to bringing the Miss Florence and Miss Florence Teen Scholarship Pageants back to the Pee Dee area for 2022-23.
“In my first year as the LED for the Miss Florence Scholarship Pageant, it’s been an honor to have such a great young woman under my leadership,” Gibson-Robinson said. “We look forward to taking the pageant to new heights and keeping it in the Florence area for many years to come.”
For more information on viewing the Miss South Carolina Pageant visit www.miss-sc.org. For tickets to the pageant, visit the Township Auditorium at thetownship.org.