Elizabethton’s Hayley Hood crowned Miss Pre-Teen United States 20134:55 pm | July 6, 2013
An Elizabethton girl is a national winner, and she’s got the sparkling crown to prove it.
Hayley Hood won the Miss Pre-Teen United States title Saturday in Washington, D.C., at the conclusion of a series of events held over the Fourth of July in the nation’s capital.
“I’m so excited to be the new Miss Pre-Teen United States 2013,” Hayley told the Elizabethton Star in an interview not long after her win. During the pageant, she was cheered on by family members who had traveled with the girl to D.C.
Among those attending were her parents, Scott and Deanna Hood.
“We’re very excited, very proud and a little overwhelmed right now,” Scott said.
“The judges loved how natural she is,” Deanna added. “They also loved her Volunteer State accent.”
Her mother noted that Hayley competed against 18 other girls for the crown. Contestants came from as far as Hawaii, Arizona, Texas, Florida, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania to compete for the title.
While Hayley only won her crown yesterday, her duties have already begun. Later today, she will be attending the 2013 Miss United States Pageant. She will be recognized during the competition as the new Miss Pre-Teen United States.
Hayley was crowned Miss Pre-Teen Tennessee United States May 18 at the Country Tonight Theatre in Pigeon Forge.
During the national pageant in D.C., she competed in the categories of Introduction, On Stage Interview, Sportswear Modeling and Formal Wear.
Contestants from all over the country got the chance to take part in the Fourth of July Capitol Hill Parade, a patriotic runway fashion show and Longbridge Park events that include contestants on stage introductions and a fireworks display.
Hayley said she had a great time at all the events and has enjoyed meeting other girls from all over the country.
Hayley has several other pageant crowns to her credit, including Miss Pre-Teen Northeast Tennessee, United States 2013, Dixie Crown Beauty Supreme and Miss Tri-Cities Sweetheart High Point Queen.
She is a Watts Showcase Dancer and a member of First Baptist Church. She will attend T.A. Dugger Junior High School this fall.
Her grandparents are Leon and Nancy Hood, Ted and Carolyn Colbaugh and the late Gerald Pierce.
Her grandparents also traveled to Washington, D.C., to show their support for her.
Hayley’s grandmother, Nancy Hood, said, “We are just so proud of her. She won it all! She did so good.”
Her grandfather, Leon Hood, added, “What an honor for Elizabethton, Tenn.!”