Farris is a Walker High School graduate and is currently a sophomore at the University of Alabama majoring in commerce and business administration. Farris also won the talent portion of the competition, presented by the Walker County Arts Alliance, with a classical piano excerpt from “Hungarian Rhapsody No. 6.” The two awards total $2,200 in scholarship money.
Overwhelmed with emotion and excitement after the crowning, Farris was surrounded by the people who she credited with much of her success, including her parents, Circuit Judge Doug Farris and Jane Farris, as well as her sister Gracie.
“I couldn’t have done it without my family and friends,” Farris said after her crowning. “They have been there through thick and thin.”
Although Farris was excited about her win, she was already focused on the future. She will represent Walker County in June at the Miss Alabama Pageant held at Samford University, where 51 contestants will vie for the chance to compete for Miss America.
“I’m ready to represent Walker County in Miss Alabama, and gain statewide and possibly national recognition for my platform, ‘LiveLovely: hope for a cure, strength for a lifetime.’ That is my ultimate end goal,” Farris said.
The mistress of ceremonies for the event was Hayley Jones, Miss Walker County 2010.
The Leigh Sherer Scholarship Award was awarded to Sarai Ingle, who was also named the first runner-up for the pageant. Ingle received $1,600 in scholarship money total.
The Dorothy and Nelson Hudson Memorial Scholarship award was given to Jessica Cook.
Cook and Emily Woods also received $400 each in scholarship money.