Florence native Kinsley Odom ready to hit the Miss South Carolina Teen stage
Florence native Kinsley Odom is no stranger to the Miss South Carolina Pageant stage. In 2007 and 2008 she served as a Palmetto Princess for Merideth Watford Hill, who was Miss Metropolitan and Miss Society Hill, which gave Odom a better understanding of what the organization was all about and how to one day become a contestant in the pageant.
In February, the West Florence High School rising sophomore captured the title of Miss Hartsville Teen, and will now compete in the Miss South Carolina Teen pageant from June 22-26 in Columbia at the Township Auditorium. “By being a palmetto princess it helped me gain the experience and knowledge of the pageant system,” Odom said. “I’m looking forward to being able to fulfill a dream and compete at the state level.”
Odom has used this year to promote her platform “Downright Perfect” which focuses on bringing more awareness to Down Syndrome. She chose the platform in honor of her nine year old brother Kayden, who has Trisomy 21. He will also serve as her Palmetto Prince at the pageant and will get to participate in events during the week including escorting escort her on stage in the evening gown competition. Her Palmetto Princess this year is Kaitlyn Odom.
Her goal is to implement programs in schools where Down Syndrome kids can study in regular classrooms and not be isolated in their own environment. She said she would also like to raise money to provide schools with more opportunities to help the students with speech therapy. “The kids do not get nearly enough speech therapy,” Odom said. “ I think that’s a very important part of helping them become more educated.”
She has made many appearances this year, including Renofest, a Street Concert in Hartsville, Darlington County Relay for Life, entertained at the Miss Hartsville High School pageant, assisted at the Special Needs Kids Angels Gala in Hartsville, spent a morning at the Hartsville Sonic raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network and also waited tables at Bizzels for the same cause.
In her hometown of Florence she attended and volunteered at the Children’s Miracle Network Radiothon at McLeod Hospital, National Pancake Day at IHOP benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network, participated in the Miss America Day of Service and along with Miss Falcon Murphy Lee they created a project for the patients called “Building a Friend”, visited her brothers class at Royal Elementary and did crafts, attended the Marcus Lattimore event benefiting the McLeod Children’s Hospital, entertained at the Miss North Central High School pageant, assisted with Yoga classes at Children’s Rehab of Florence, volunteered at the Special Olympics at Darlington High School and on June 6 will paint and do crafts with kids at the Home Depot in Florence. Odom has also had the opportunity to star in a television commercial that is airing locally for Pee Dee Auto Sales.
“I’ve had such a great time representing Hartsville this year,” Odom said. “It’s a great city.” Odom will compete June 22-26 and will have her interview on June 22, evening gown and on-stage question on June 23, physical fitness on June 24 and talent on June 25. The finals for the pageant are on June 26. All events will take place at the Township Auditorium and tickets can be purchased at the box office or at ticketmaster.com
Odom would like to thank her sponsors this year that have helped her along the way. Her sponsors include: Pee Dee Auto Sales, Anderson Brother’s Bank, Marion Tire, Groucho’s Deli of Hartsville, Assist to Sale, Newton Nationwide of Florence, King Cadillac, Southern Flooring, Pieces, Pretty and Bliss, Dowling Construction, Stacey and Kelly with Visable Changes and their product Stella Dot, Wiley Jones, Auto Asset Recovery, Wilcox Office Furniture, Mi Terra Mexican Restaurant, Curb Appeal and her parents Tony and Cathy Odom.