Strickland wins Miss Northeast 2022 title

Callie Strickland (centered), of Rainsville, Plainview High School graduate and NACC Sophomore, was crowned Miss Northeast 2022 on Oct. 2 at the Tom Bevill Lyceum. 

The 2022 Miss Northeast Alabama Community College pageant was held last month at the Tom Bevill Lyceum on the college’s campus.

The event’s organizers were thankful to host the pageant this year as last year’s event was canceled due to COVID-19.

Eight women competed for the title of Miss Northeast 2022, and the theme for this year’s pageant was “Positivity for the Future”. Contestants answered the on-stage question, “Looking back over the past two years, what have you learned about yourself that has had a positive impact on your life?”

Callie Strickalnd was crowned Miss Northeast 2022. She is a Sophomore at NACC and is a Pre-Nursing Major. Callie is from Rainsville and graduated from Plainview High School. “I have been in pageants all my life, so I was very excited to participate in the Miss Northeast pageant this year and have the opportunity to meet so many amazing people,” said Callie. “When I was named Miss Northeast, I felt so honored and blessed. I could hardly contain my excitement because I knew I would have so many opportunities ahead to use my leadership skills, enthusiasm, and fun personality to serve the school and community I love.”

“We congratulate Miss Strickland for being selected as Miss Northeast and we thank all who participated,” stated NACC President Dr. David Campbell. “All these young women displayed poise, intelligence, and attractiveness as contestants. We are proud of them all! “

Miss Congeniality was awarded to Kayla Henderson of Rainsville, and the Poise and Appearance Winner was Haylin Veal of Valley Head. Kayla Henderson of Rainsville won the Judges’ Interview category, and the NACC Student Popular Vote Winner was Briley Bynum of Bryant.

First, second, third, and fourth alternate winners were also awarded as follows:

• 4th Alternate: Briley Bynum, Bryant

• 3rd Alternate: Jaden Hallmark, Pisgah

• 2nd Alternate: Haylin Veal, Valley Head

• 1st Alternate: Kayla Henderson, Rainsville

Andrea Okwu is one of the college sponsors for the Miss Northeast pageant. She is also the Coordinator of High School Relations and Recruiting at NACC. “The Miss Northeast Pageant is always an exciting event for our community and the students, faculty and staff at Northeast! The contestants this year were impeccable young women of Northeast, and we are so proud of each of them.”

Contestants wishing to compete for the Miss Northeast title must be currently enrolled at NACC. Additionally, the winner of the pageant must agree to represent the college at day, evening, and weekend functions throughout the year. Miss Northeast Callie Strickland is looking forward to doing just that. “I am looking forward to the year ahead and serving Northeast during my reign as your 2022 Miss Northeast!” said Strickland.

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