Two area collegians won Miss Tennessee local preliminaries on Saturday night in the Nashville
suburb of Gallatin as both of them secured return trips to the state pageant next June.
Dacey Winkleman of Winchester, who is a senior at The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga,
won the Miss Capital City title, while Lee University senior Maria Shepherd of Cleveland became Miss Music City.
Ten women competed in the preliminary at Station Camp Elementary School which was open statewide to eligible contestants
Miss Winkleman, who is majoring in molecular biology with a goal of obtaining her Doctorate
and becoming a medical researcher, was Miss Chattanooga 2013.
The UTC Head Majorette
performed a baton routine to “Oh So Quiet” in the talent competition and received the Miss
America State Academic Award at the 2013 Miss Tennessee Pageant in June.
A graduate of Rhea County High School and a double major in Music Education/Clarinet
Performance at Lee, Miss Shepherd was Miss Country Sunshine 2013 and the recipient of the
Miss Tennessee Non-Finalist Interview Award. She wants to eventually pursue a Doctorate
in Musical Conducting with a goal of teaching. She performed the vocal “My Man” from the
musical Funny Girl.
The Chattanooga area is guaranteed of having a strong presence at Miss Tennessee 2014 with
at least seven representatives competing in Jackson. Kristen Mosley of Vanderbilt University
is Miss Scenic City, Belmont University students Jaclyn Torrento and Hayley Lewis are Misses
Chattanooga and Tennessee Valley respectively. Baylor School senior Darby Schumacher of
Hixson is Miss Metropolitan and Signal Mountain’s Meryl Anne Dexter, who attends Brigham
Young University, succeeded Miss Shepherd as Miss Country Sunshine at the McMinnville-
based pageant two weeks ago.