Gray crowned 2017 Miss Junior COTR (with gallery)

10-9-17 — Demopolis, Ala. — LaCher Sincere Gray was crowned Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2017 by Molly Katherine Harrison, who was Miss Junior Christmas on the River 2016.

Monday night saw 16 beautiful young ladies compete in the Miss Junior Christmas on the River at the Demopolis Civic Center. They all presented their beauty, poise and confidence in hopes of being named this year’s winner. The top 11 chosen were Caylee Madison Jones, Anna Katherine Sellers, Madelyn Baty Singleton, Meredith Gray Patrenos, Taylor Mills Quinney, Abbie Grace Cameron, Wesley Elizabeth Craft, Megan Lindsey Roe, LaCher Sincere Gray, Leah Beth Stewart, and Cassidy Claire Crawford.

After a second parade of contestants, the top 5 were chosen and took the stage to answer the question “What makes you you happy or laugh?” The judges then debated and took in consideration the contestants answers and ability to speak in public, along with their poise and beauty to name the new Miss Junior COTR and her royal court.

Fourth Alternate was Meredith Gray Patrenos wearing a white chiffon dress with lace and crystal detailing on the bodice. Cassidy Claire Crawford was awarded third Alternate donning an emerald evening gown with beading at the waistline. In a Christmas red ball gown, Caylee Madison Jones was chosen as second Alternate. Taylor Mills Quinney earned the first Alternate position wearing a golden hued gown with lots of shine and sparkle.

This year’s Miss Junior Christmas on the River is LaCher Sincere Gray. LaCher was wearing an elegant white off the shoulder ball gown encrusted in crystals. She is the daughter of Henry and LaTara Jones and is in the seventh grade at Demopolis Middle School. LaCher said she was “super shocked but very excited to be named Miss Junior COTR.” She said she’d like to encourage other young ladies to participate in the pageant but to always have an open mind when competing. Miss Gray is looking forward to riding in this year’s COTR parade of floats.

Be sure to come to the Demopolis Civic Center and support more young ladies as they compete in the remaining COTR pageants.
Young Miss COTR Tuesday October 10th at 7pm.
Little Miss COTR Wednesday October 11th at 6pm.

Meredith Gray Patrenos crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2013

Meredith Patrenos was named 2013 Little Miss Christmas on the River.

Meredith Patrenos was named 2013 Little Miss Christmas on the River.

Fifty-one anxious and beautiful little girls competed for the title of Little Miss Christmas on the River 2013 tonight at the Demopolis Civic Center. The house was packed for the last of the forty-second annual Christmas on the River pageants. The Master of Ceremonies, Van Kelley, announced each lovely lady to the judges and a standing room only crowd. The fifty-one contestants were cut to twenty-five then ten and finally to the top five. After a lengthy and beauty filled competition, Mr. Kelley announced Little Miss Christmas on the River 2013 and her court.

(L-R) Avery Elizabeth Long, Lauren Olivia Tripp, Meredith Gray Patrenos, Anna Weber Jackson and Sasser Elizabeth Braswell.

(L-R) Avery Elizabeth Long, Lauren Olivia Tripp, Meredith Gray Patrenos, Anna Weber Jackson and Sasser Elizabeth Braswell.

Fourth alternate was Sasser Elizabeth Braswell, a second grader at Westside. Sasser was wearing a flowing turquoise gown with rhinestone detailing. A second grader at Sumter Academy was third alternate Avery Elizabeth Long. Avery was wearing a turquoise halter gown with a royal purple sash. Being awarded second alternate was Anna Weber Jackson, a first grader at Westside. Anna was wearing a pink satin and tulle ball gown sprinkled with stones. Lauren Olivia Tripp, a first grader at Westside, won first alternate. Olivia was wearing a turquoise sequined gown with a satin sash. And being crowned Little Miss Christmas on the River 2013 was Meredith Gray Patrenos, a second grader from Sumter Academy. Meredith was wearing a turquoise chiffon layered ball gown with rhinestone and sequin designs.

Meredith Patrenos was crowned 2013 Little Miss Christmas on the River by Taylor Quinney, 2012's Little Miss Christmas on the River.

Meredith Patrenos was crowned 2013 Little Miss Christmas on the River by Taylor Quinney, 2012’s Little Miss Christmas on the River.

Meredith is the daughter of Gray and Shelley Patrenos. She is involved in gymnastics and likes art, mostly painting. Her favorite subject at Sumter Academy is math. Meredith loves spending time with her labs, Belle and Jinx. When asked what she thought when they called out her name as the winner, she stated, ” I was shocked and surprised.” Patrenos looks forward to getting to ride in the Christmas on the River day parade and going to all of the COTR events.

The top ten not listed above were Alle Grace Quarles, Sara Michael Overmyer, Adalyn Broox Lindsey, Madelyn Baty Singleton and Savannah Belle Sealy.