Two UT Martin students earn their crowns

MARTIN, Tenn. — Two University of Tennessee Martin students have received their crowns.

According to a news release, Caleigh Jo Erwin, of Dyersburg, and Karenna Rainey, of Adamsville, claimed the Miss UT Martin and Miss Tennessee Soybean Festival crowns in early November.

“I feel this is an opportunity to give back to the university and community after all it has given me,” Erwin said.

The university’s news release also shared how Erwin uses the platform to spread awareness about lupus, a disease she was diagnosed with at 18-years-old.

“I strive to be a support system for other young women and men that are diagnosed with any autoimmune disease,” Erwin said. “I want to be an example to not let the disease take away from who they are but to embrace it.”

For Rainey, she says pageants have helped make her the woman she is today.

“Pageants have shaped my life in so many ways, whether it be lending a helping hand to someone in need, gaining public speaking and communication skills, or simply making new friends,” Rainey said.

The two will go on to compete in the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Scholarship Pageant.

It will be held July 26 through July 29 of next year at the Carl Perkins Civic Center in Jackson.

You can read the full news release here.

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