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Five local ladies compete for Miss PHCC 2017

Meet the contestants of Miss PHCC 2017.  Saturday evening, these five ladies compete for the title of Miss PHCC, $20,000 in scholarships, and the opportunity to participate in the Miss Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

In alphabetical order, the contestants are:

Kalayna Cassady, 23, completed her general studies degree at PHCC in 2015. She hopes to return next year to join PHCC’s inaugural class of physical therapy assistants. Cassady will be singing Carrie Underwood’s “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” for her talent.

Tiffany Gilbert, 19, studied nursing at PHCC and plans to continue her education at the Jefferson College of Health Sciences. Gilbert will be performing a poem for her talent.

Jessica Hubbard, 23, completed her science degree at PHCC in 2014 and her bachelor’s in atmospheric science from Cornell University in 2015. She is currently pursuing her master’s in science communication at George Mason University. Hubbard will be conducting a science presentation for her talent.

Mercedes Martin, 18, is completing her general studies degree at PHCC and hopes to transfer to James Madison University to pursue a degree in nursing. Martin will be performing “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical “Les Miserables” for her talent.

Demi Richardson, 20, began studying at PHCC and performing with PHCC’s theatre troupe in 2014. She is currently studying cosmetology at Leon’s Beauty School in North Carolina. Richardson will be performing “Somewhere” from the musical “West Side Story” for her talent.

The Miss PHCC Scholarship Pageant is this Saturday, February 4 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Buy tickets at the switchboard in West Hall or at the Visitors Center in the New College Institute.