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Hayley Lewis crowned Miss Tennessee

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Hayley Lewis will represent Tennessee at the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City. Lewis was crowned Miss Tennessee 2014 on Saturday following days of pageantry at the Jackson Civic Center in Jackson.

At the time of her crowning, she was the reigning Miss Tennessee Valley. During her reign, she devoted time to raising money for the Children’s Miracle Network of Hospitals. The program helps disadvantaged children and donates money to children’s hospitals throughout the United States.

As her pageant talent, Lewis sang “I Who Have Nothing.”

She is philanthropy chair for Phi Mu Theta at Belmont University, vice president of Beltones ICCA, and Muse Boutique School representative.

A new Miss America will be crowned on Sept. 14 in Atlantic City. The final night of pageantry will be broadcast live on the East Coast by the ABC television network. A taped-delayed broadcast by ABC will follow for the West Coast.

If Lewis is crowned Miss America, she will become the third Tennessee titleholder to win the national title. Among previous Miss America winners are Miss Tennessee 1986 Kellye Cash, and Miss Tennessee 1947 Barbara Jo Walker.

Also on Saturday, Lexie Perry was crowned Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen.

She will represent Tennessee at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, scheduled for July 29-Aug. 2 in Orlando, Florida.

The teen pageant is the younger-sister competition within the Miss America Organization. Contestants are ages 13-17 years old. They are judged in evening gown, active wear and interview competitions.

If Perry is crowned Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, she will become the first Tennessee titleholder to earn the national crown.

The highest-placing Tennessee girl at the teen pageants, so far, is Miss Tennessee’s Outstanding Teen 2006 Leah Beth Bolton. She was third runner-up at the national pageant.

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