Chandler Lawson Receives Duke Of Edinburgh Bronze Medal Award

Wednesday, January 09, 2013 - by Wendy King
Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson performs her rendition of “Turning Tables” during Tuesday’s first round of Miss America Pageant preliminaries at the Planet Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas.
Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson performs her rendition of “Turning Tables” during Tuesday’s first round of Miss America Pageant preliminaries at the Planet Hollywood Theatre in Las Vegas.
- photo by Miss America Organization

Chandler Lawson did not win talent, but she did receive a the Duke of Edinburgh Bronze Medal Award for Community Service, Fitness and Personal Development.  

The UTC graduate from Tullahoma competed in the on-stage question segment during Wednesday’s second round of preliminaries.  

Ms. Lawson is one of the seven finalists for the coveted Miss America Quality of Life Award and the winners will be revealed on Thursday. The first place recipient will be awarded a $6,000 scholarship for exceptional community service. She will also conclude her preliminary competition on Thursday with swimsuit and evening wear.  

The top 15 plus America’s choice will be announced in the early minutes of Saturday’s final which starts at 9 p.

m. on NewsChannel 9. A special Miss America edition of 20/20 will air at 8 p.m. Miss America 2013 will receive a $50,000 scholarship and embark on a nationwide speaking and appearance tour promoting Children’s Miracle Network along with her personal platform. 


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