Chelsea, a state queen for the prestigious International Pageant System has been involved in the pageant since her freshman year at Gardner-Webb. Her freshman year she competed; sophomore year she danced with the Gardner-Webb Bulldoll Dance Team; and last year as a junior she co-directed and emceed the entire pageant.
The pageant has been a long time tradition but Chelsea would like to see a lot of changes made to make the pageant more important.
"I would like to see the winner more involved in the community. In past years the winner has been a senior and we never see her do anything or come back for appearances. I would like to see her have a platform, come back for homecoming and orientation and be more of an influence in the community." Miss Gregory would also like to see the pageant become a preliminary for the Miss North Carolina Collegiate Pageant System which goes on to compete at the Miss Collegiate Pageant.
Chelsea has been involved in pageants since her senior year in high school when she competed for Miss Butler County America in Pennsylvania. She then competed her freshman year of college in the Miss Mount Holly America pageant before competing heavily in 2010 for Miss South Carolina USA, Miss Charleston USA, Miss South Carolina United States and finally winner Miss South Carolina International in March of this year. She then competed in the Miss International 2011 pageant inChicago in July.
Chelsea has held the titles of Miss York County United States, Miss Tega Cay International and now Miss South Carolina International. Chelsea is a senior public relations major at Gardner-Webb and plans to seek a career in public relations. She also has plans to attend graduate school in the next year or so.
Chelsea will be giving up her crown in March. "I will be so sad as this has been an amazing year with so many wonderful opportunities,"
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Mentors-Matter is a non profit founded by Chelsea Rae Gregory, Miss SC International. The program offers workshops, support groups and a website resource that helps students with learning disabilities get into college and be successful in life.