BIRMINGHAM - Randolph County will be well represented this week at the Miss Alabama Pageant as three local young ladies have earned their spots as contestants in this year's event.
Lindsay Gaines Fincher is a junior at the University of Alabama, where she is majoring in dance and political science and minoring in theater and social innovation. Lindsay is a 2017 graduate of Handley High School.
Her talent will be a jazz dance to Elvis Presley's "Bossa Nova Baby." Her social impact initiative is "Stand Tall America: Adolescent Scoliosis Screening." She is Miss Auburn-Opelika Area.
Lindsay is the daughter of Sonja and the late Jay Fincher of Wedowee. Her grandparents are Gerald and Faye McCord of Roanoke and the late Jack and Sue Fincher of Wedowee.
The other two local contestants are twins Jasilynn and Julianna Kelly, daughters of Guy and Mary Kelly of the Rock Stand community. They are 2017 graduates of Randolph County High School. Their grandparents are Margaret Ramos of Wadley and Donald and Shirley Grice of Sylacauga.
Jasilynn is the current Miss Southern Union. Her platform is fighting against puppy mills, harmful and commercial breeding facilities. She will sing "Never Enough" by Loren Allred.
Jasilynn just completed her sophomore year at Southern Union and will apply for Southern Union's LPN program in the fall.
Julianna's platform is mental health awareness in schools. She said, "What I want to do with my platform is to raise awareness of the mental health crisis that faces our youth. The best way we can fight this is to target our schools and make sure that our youth are educated that talking about our mental health is not something they should be ashamed or scared to do."
Julianna's title is Miss Circle City, and she will dance to "Confident" by Demi Lovato.
She just finished two years at Southern Union State Community College and will attend Auburn University in the fall to obtain her degree in agricultural business and economics.
Forty-seven contestants will compete for the title of Miss Alabama on June 5-8 at Samford University in Birmingham.