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Stanfield wins Miss Dawson County
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A week after winning Miss Relay for Life, 16-year-old Mollie Stanfield was crowned Miss Dawson County Sunday. - photo by For the Dawson County News

She has confidence. She has poise. And now Mollie Stanfield has her second crown in two weeks after winning the Miss Dawson County pageant Sunday at Dawson County Middle School.

"I'm really honored to represent Dawson County as Miss Dawson County and to be a good role model for other girls," said the 16-year-old, who just one week before was also crowned Miss Relay for Life.

The daughter of Julie and Jason Stanfield, Mollie is also the reigning Miss Gold Rush.

"I think it's really important to enjoy what you're doing, no matter if you win or if you don't," she said.

A junior at Dawson County High, Mollie began competing in pageants when she was in third grade, encouraged by her mother, who had also competed in her youth.

"My mom always wanted me to do pageants because she said it helped her with being able to speak in front of people and not being afraid to stand up in front of people and be proud of who you are," she said.

Mollie said in addition to gaining self-confidence, during her pageant experience, she has also made new friends and connected more with girls she's known for years.

"I think it's just fun because backstage you get to talk to people and even meet some new people and cheer each other on ... and then in the end, even if someone besides you or if you win and they don't, you are encouraging each other and it really brings you together to have faith in one another," she said.

For more than 50 years, the Miss Dawson County pageants have served as a Dawson County High School fundraiser.

This year's proceeds benefit the school's band.

"All of the money raised helps the band to provide travel to and from events, uniforms, equipment and other necessary items for the group," said pageant organizer Beth Covington.

Contestants, who must live in Dawson County, competed in five age divisions. The winners were: Adlee Kate Pritchett - Tiny Miss, Laila Renne Woody - Wee Miss, Angelina Ledford - Little Miss, Kaitlyn Tanner - Junior Miss and Stanfield - Miss Dawson.

Judging was based on age appropriateness of attire, personality, overall appearance, poise and stage presence.