Ignite Payments Media and Marketing Director Ashley Broockman added another job to her resume on Saturday night when she was named Miss Watauga Valley 2014 in the Northeast Tennessee city of Elizabethton.
Ms. Broockman, who will graduate from UT-Chattanooga next year with a degree in Broadcast Communications, becomes the tenth area woman to advance to next June’s Miss Tennessee Pageant in Jackson. She won a $500 scholarship and sang “The Prayer” in the talent segment.
The former WDEF News 12 intern is a native of Maryville and a 2010 graduate of William Blount High School. She competed in the 2010 Tennessee’s Junior Miss program in Cleveland representing Blount County.
She is the second UTC senior to win a local preliminary this season joining Dacey Winkleman the former Miss Chattanooga who won Nashville’s Capital City title in August.
Ms. Broockman almost withdrew from the Watauga Valley competition after injuring her ankle while jogging on Friday morning. However after some rest and reconsideration, she decided to make the trip to Elizabethton to continue pursuing her two year dream of becoming a local titleholder and competing at the state level.
She will make appearances in both the Tri-Cities area and throughout Chattanooga as she begins preparations for the state pageant. The Chattanooga region will be well represented in Jackson as 10 of the 18 local titles already contested and with 18 more remaining have been won by area residents.
Joining Ms. Broockman and Winkleman will be Miss Chattanooga Jaclyn Torrento, Miss Metropolitan and Baylor School senior Darby Schumacher, Miss Scenic City Kristen Mosley, Miss Tennessee Valley Hayley Lewis, Miss Country Sunshine Meryl Anne Dexter of Signal Mountain, Miss Music City and Lee University senior Maria Shepherd from Cleveland, Miss Dogwood Festival Farrar Jean Ford and Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival both of Tullahoma.