Miss Chattanooga And Miss Metropolitan Honored At Miss Tennessee Pageant

Friday, June 21, 2013 - by Wendy King
Dacey Winkleman
Dacey Winkleman


Miss Chattanooga Dacey Winkleman and Miss Metropolitan Jaclyn Torrento were honored for academic and community service excellence on Friday afternoon at the Miss Tennessee Pageant.

Ms. Winkleman and Ms. Torrento each received additional $1,000 scholarships as the respective recipients of the Miss America State Academic and State Quality of Life Awards.

A senior majoring in Molecular Biology at UT-Chattanooga, Ms. Winkleman wants to obtain her Doctorate and eventually become a medical technologies researcher.  The native of Winchester is also the Head Majorette, the 2012 Homecoming Queen and a member of Chi Omega.

Ms. Torrento, a Senior Entertainment Industry Studies major at Belmont University, was recognized for her platform Hands to Larger Service (www.handstolargerservice.com) which encourages youth to become involved in community service.

The final round of preliminaries take place tonight beginning at 9 PM ET and UTC graduate and outgoing Miss Tennessee Chandler Lawson of Tullahoma will crown Miss Tennessee 2013 late tomorrow evening.  The pageant is being webstreamed at www.eplustv6.com   Miss Tennessee Valley Hannah Robison won last night’s swimsuit preliminary.

Miss Tennessee 2013 will receive a $13,000 scholarship and represent the state at the Miss America Pageant which will return to its birthplace of Atlantic City in September. 


Jaclyn Torrento
Jaclyn Torrento

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