This week, the 78th Miss SC and Miss SC Teen pageant begins as young women from all over the state gather in Columbia to compete for the crown.
Practices and premiminaries occured over the weekend to narrow down the group of young ladies for the first round of competition.
The pageant will feature three nights of live competition, ending Thursday evening.
Four preliminary winners were announced after the first night of prelim competition.
Miss Greater Greer, Lia Holman, 21, from Spartanburg, won the Tuesday Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition. She sang “I Have Nothing.”
Miss Greater Hartsville, Anna Brown, 21, from Greer, won the Tuesday Swimsuit preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition.
Miss Duncan Teen, Anna Grace Hatchette, 14, from Inman, won the Tuesday Talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina Teen competition. She performed an Irish Step Dance to “Dueling Violins.”
Miss Landrum Teen, Makayla Stark, 15, from Boiling Springs, won the Tuesday Evening Gown/Onstage Question preliminary in the Miss South Carolina Teen competition.
The new Miss SC and Miss SC Teen will be presented in the final crowning event on Saturday at Township Auditorium in Columbia.
Miss South Carolina 2014 will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City, NJ, in September 2014. Miss South Carolina Teen 2014 will compete for the title of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, FL, in August 2014.