Kerri Arnold, of Holladay, was crowned Miss Tennessee Volunteer 2019 on June 22 in Jackson. Arnold is a junior interdisciplinary studies major at the University of Tennessee at Martin and will spend the next year serving as Gov. Bill Lee’s character education spokesperson to schoolchildren across the state.
Arnold competed in the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Pageant as Miss Scenic City, a title based in Hamilton County. This is her first pageant appearance since participating in Miss Tennessee Teen while still in high school. She is using her new title to support the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Miss Tennessee Volunteer wins a $25,000 academic scholarship, the use of a new car for travel to and from her appearances and a public wardrobe from JoAnn’s in Union City for the next year.
Four other UT Martin students and one spring graduate also competed in the pageant. Amanda Mayo, currently of Union City and originally from Atlanta, Georgia, competed as Miss UT Martin and advanced to the top 10 contestants. She was also selected as Miss Congeniality by her fellow pageant competitors. Mayo is a senior geoscience major at UT Martin.
Morgan Martin, a spring 2019 alumna from Springville, received one of five non-finalist awards during the pageant. Martin graduated from UT Martin with a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance and is preparing to begin classes at the Union University College of Pharmacy this fall.
Kailey Duffy, a junior nursing major from Holladay; Sable Estes, a senior family and consumer sciences major from Trenton; and Madison Sisco, a sophomore communications major from Mercer, also competed in the pageant.
For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of University Relations at 731-881-7615.