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by Patty Cheffey
As if Palmyra wasn’t fortunate enough to have one representative in the Miss Missouri Pageant, a second young lady, Mallory Sublette, will also be participating.
Sublette, who currently holds the title of Miss Heartland’s Outstanding Teen, will be participating in the Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen pageant June 13-19 at Mexico, Mo.
Although COVID also put a halt to last year’s Miss Outstanding Teen pageant, Sublette said, not all of the girls who could have participated last year will be competing this year.
“There are 23 contestants, with some new ones and some old ones,” she said. “Some of the girls gave up their titles for a number of reasons.”
This will also be Sublette’s third time to participate in the program, noting she has this “down to a science”.
“I love it,” she said of the pageant. “It’s my happy place. It’s non-stop go-go-go, and I love that.
“I love getting to visit with the girls back stage, too,” Sublette added. “They are my sisters. They probably know more about me than
anyone. They know my habits and what I enjoy doing.”
And while the event in itself is fun for Sublette, she admits she is also there to earn scholarships, something that will be beneficial when she graduates high school in a couple of years.
At 16, Sublette said she can participate one more year in the Outstanding Teen pageant before moving up to Miss Missouri.
While Amanda Lewis’ pageant career began in the Miss Marion County queen contest, Sublette’s career began directly with those pageants associated with the Miss Missouri program.
“My first title was Tiny Miss Heartland, which I earned 10 years ago,” she explained, noting that pageant was held the first two years in Palmyra before moving to St. Louis. “I’ve never stopped competing since then. It’s become second nature to me.”
Similar to the Miss Missouri pageant, the Miss Outstanding Teen pageant will include a private interview, which is eight minutes long; as well as lifestyle and fitness, an on-stage question and talent portions to the program.
For her talent, Sublette will be playing a medley of Queen music on her drums.
She also has a social impact initiative, Drop and Give Me 20, an initiative she has been working with for about three years now.
“Its goal is to get people up and moving for at least 20 minutes a day,” she explained. “It shows them the mental as well as physical benefits of moving.”
Sublette added she is just glad to have the opportunity to compete again this year.
“I’m excited,” she said. “It’s a special time.”
Sublette is the daughter of Brandon and Jessica Sublette and attends Palmyra High School.