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ASU Student to Compete in National American Miss Pageant

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Author: Hazel Scott

Release Date: Aug 22, 2018

An Alabama State University student will represent the state of Alabama in a national pageant.

Candace Knight, a sophomore honor student, was recently crowned the 2018 National American Miss Alabama Teen at the state competition held at the Sheraton Downtown in Birmingham. 

Knight will attend the National Pageant in Anaheim, Calif., during Thanksgiving week, representing ASU and the state of Alabama, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of more than $500,000 in cash and prizes.

The Pleasant Grove, Ala. native competed against about 60 young girls to win the state crown. She also was awarded First Place in the Casual Wear Model Competition, Fan Appeal and she had the highest GPA.

“I strongly believe that you can do anything you put your mind to. This was my very first pageant. I came in with the mindset of winning and that is exactly what I did. As long as you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything you set your mind to,” Knight said.  

At nationals, a panel of judges will score Knight and other contestants in the following categories: interview, personal introduction, formal wear, resume and community service. 

“My optional contest that I will be doing is talent where I will be singing, runway, and casual wear modeling,” Knight said.

If Knight wins the crown, she will take home $5,000, plus any additional prizes she may win.

“When I win nationals I will have the opportunity to travel, meet different people, be able to collaborate in different community service projects and represent girls from across the United States,” Knight said.

Dr. Davida Haywood, vice president of ASU’s Student Affairs division, said she is thrilled about this opportunity for yet another one of the University’s students.

“We are always excited to hear about the achievements of our students outside of the classroom.  Knowing that Candace has been selected among her peers as National American Miss Alabama Teen 2018 is another win-win for our institution,” Haywood said.  “We certainly wish her well as she goes on to compete for the national title in Anaheim, Calif.  She should know that she has The Hornet Nation’s full support and cheers as she not only represents her hometown, her family and her institution but the great state of Alabama.”

Knight said while the National American Miss Pageant organization awarded her a stipend for travel, it will not cover her expenses for hotel and food for a week in California.  If you like to donate to help Knight represent ASU and the state of Alabama in California, please visit her cash app at $cwia and her PayPal at

“I’m looking to bring the national crown home to Alabama,” Knight said.

The National American Miss Pageant awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes each year to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. Its goal is to develop the success of young women across the nation with a program designed to be age appropriate and family oriented. Pageants are held in each state for young women in five different age divisions (at the state level) or six (at the national level), ranging from ages 4 to 20.

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