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Peacock, top junior in county

By By LYDIA GRIMES – Feature Writer
Jamie Marie Peacock, daughter of Terry and Sharon Peacock of Brewton, was selected by a panel of judges Saturday, July 19, 2003 to represent Escambia County as the new Junior Miss.
Jamie also won the fitness and talent competitions and in the process won a total of $3,700 in tuition scholarships and a cash award of $200 from Brewton Civic League.
Young ladies who wanted to be a part of the competition signed up in May and practice begins in June with the last week before the competition spent in daily practices.
Judges were given school transcripts of the girls and on the day of the competition, they met for an interview with each girl. The interviews were intended to let the judges get a little bit more familiar with the contestants and find out how they would respond to different questions.
The girls were also asked to name a past and a present role model and give the reasons for their answers.
The girls gathered at Woodfin Patterson Auditorium at Jefferson Davis Community College at 5 p.m. on the day of the competition and spent a couple of nervous hours before the program began.
The program, with a theme of "Latin Craze" opened with the fitness number. Jamie, being in gymnastics most of her life, won that competition and used the same gymnastics background for her talent, winning that competition also. She used a routine that she choreographed herself to Walt Disney's "Aladdin" and dressed in a genie costume.
Jamie was born in Mobile, although she has lived her whole life in Brewton. She has attended Brewton City Schools and will graduate from T.R. Miller High School in 2004. She has been involved in many activities and organizations over her young life, including, Student Council president, yearbook coeditor, Pep Club vice-president, member of the National Honor Society, Envirobowl team and Science Club. She was a cheerleader, band member, HOBY ambassador, a representative for Girl's State and played softball.
She got gymnastics at the YMCA and was involved in competition for four or five years. She attended a gymnastics camp in Texas and worked with Bela Karolyi, the teacher who helped get gymnasts to the Olympics.
It was while she was in Brewton Middle School that she became interested in competition in a future Junior Miss Program.
Her mother, Sharon Peacock, shows her pride in her daughter and her achievement.
The next big step for Jamie is to go to the state competition in January in Montgomery.