Four local girls place at Little Miss/Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant

  • Eva Ann Bell
  • Kinsley Breland and Izzie Brandt
  • Blake Pritchard

Four Barnwell County girls received awards in the Little Miss/Teen Miss South Carolina Pageant in July.

Kinsley Breland, Blake Pritchard, Izzie Brandt and Eva Ann Bell competed last month in the pageant, which was held at the Hartsville Center Theatre. The pageant included contestants in seven age categories from Wee Miss Tiny Tot for ages 2 and 3 to Miss Teen for ages 16 to 19. They were eligible to compete after placing in other pageants across the state.

“Little Miss & Teen Miss South Carolina is one of South Carolina’s oldest pageant systems for children and young adults,” according to www.littlemisssc.com. Founded in 1971 by the late Linda Floyd of Sumter, the pageant bestows several crowns, trophies and other awards, but is also a fundraiser for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital.

“These girls prepare throughout the year for it,” said Adrian Bell. Her daughter, Eva Ann Bell, has competed in pageants since she was three.

At the Little Miss S.C. pageant, Eva Ann Bell (Wee Miss Chapin), 6, won first runner-up in Wee Miss, third runner-up color photogenic and a Helping Hands Award for community service through Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital. For the community service award, she collected more than 100 sippy cups for babies at the hospital.

Adrian Bell said she and her husband John “are so proud of her accomplishments and how well she did.”

Sisters Kinsley Breland (Teen Miss Lake Murray), 16, and Izzie Brandt (Little Miss Batesburg/Leesville), 8, competed in their respective categories.

Izzie placed in the Top 12, was first runner-up for talent (playing the ukulele) and was the overall community service winner out of 60 competitors with a total of 200 hours of community service, said her mother, Stephanie Brandt. The community service award earned Izzie a $1,000 savings bond. She also was a Sweetheart and Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital winner.

Kinsley was the third runner-up for Teen Miss South Carolina, won the overall interview out of 90 contestants, black and white photogenic winner, a community service winner, first runner-up for color photogenic, Top 5 S.C. outstanding teens, Sweetheart, and a Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital winner.

“The community service award says so much because it’s a character award,” said Stephanie Brandt.

This was the first year Blake Pritchard (Teen Miss Richland County) competed in this pageant, although she’s competed in pageants since she was two. The 16-year-old placed in the Top 12 for Teen Miss and was fourth runner-up for Teen Miss color photogenic.

“She enjoys pageants because of the many new friendships, opportunity to travel and community service involvement,” said Pritchard’s mother, Alison Stevens.