Proud of her hometown, current Miss Cheraw titleholder Jina Smith will be donning her sash to compete in the the Miss South Carolina pageant Nov. 20-21 in North Charleston.
Smith, daughter of Penny and Tommy Dixon, is a 2012 Cheraw High School graduate. She is currently studying exercise science at Winthrop University.
When given the chance, she chose to represent her “Home of the Brave,” as she calls her hometown, in the pageant.
Winning to her means that she not only has been granted a title, but, “my hometown, my family, my siblings, my peers have won as well.”
“I believe this title is meant to be shared with the state of South Carolina, and that is what I will do,” she said. “I will represent my family, peers, et cetera with the utmost honor and respect. So winning to me is more more than just a crown to keep in my room as a memory.”
Smith and her mom have been working to get the word out about her participation — and need for sponsors — in the statewide pageant. They’ve held fundraisers to cover travel and other expenses related to the Miss South Carolina bid.
Although the pageant is just a few weeks away, Smith said she is still in need of assistance in the form of sponsorships and in-kind donations of professional services such as photography, wardrobe, makeup and hairstyling.
Smith is the current Miss NAACP 2014-15 titleholder for the NAACP’s Winthrop chapter. She’s also participated in pageants for Robinson AME Zion Church.
So why does Smith believe she should be the next Miss South Carolina?
“I think I have a truly humble spirit and I believe for this pageant, it takes a humble spirit and an ambitious mindset to take that stage by storm leaving a lasting impression on the judges and those watching,” she said. “I also believe I should win because it’s my goal to help the younger generation, especially young girls, to realize that they are much more than what the social media or what the bully at school are telling them what they can be.
“I want them to look at me and think, ‘Wow, she’s just a normal girl doing extraordinary things — not just for herself, but for everyone around her as well. As I stated earlier, if I am granted this title, it will not just be mine. It’s ours — youth, adults, family, friends, peers, South Carolina.”
Miss South Carolina events will not be televised, bit Smith’s supporters will be able to watch it live on the pageant’s website through an online streaming service. A link to the Web page will be released two weeks prior to the pageant.
Smith said she plans to come to Cheraw and visit local businesses to show her appreciation for the community’s support as her school schedule allows.
Anyone interested in sponsoring Smith or making an in-kind contribution can contact her at 843-287-2126 and Jina.rachelle@gmail or reach Smith’s mother at 843-287-5027 and email@example.com.
Reach Maria D. Grandy at 843-537-5261.