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McDermott to compete in Ms. America

By The Staff

An Indian Land woman will represent the Carolinas in the upcoming Ms. America Pageant.
Cheryl McDermott, 46, was awarded the Ms. South Carolina 2018 title on Oct. 28, 2017, by the Ms. America Pageant.
“Cheryl McDermott really left a positive impression on our judges and we are thrilled to have her representing the Carolinas as Ms. South Carolina at the 2018 Ms. America Pageant finals this March,” said Susan Jeske, pageant CEO.
McDermott, who has lived in Walnut Creek for three years, is a registered nurse.
Her pageant platform is “We are all Special” – empowering people with special needs and disabilities, as well as those who are bullied, to be their best, believe in themselves and go after their dreams.
The Ms. America Pageant is open to women 26 years of age and up who are single, divorced, widowed or married. The pageant’s mission is to celebrate the accomplishments of women, encourage them to be involved in community service, as well as to use their “Crown for a Purpose” to make a difference.
The selection process for receiving a title was done by submitting an application, photo and followed up by an interview over the phone.
Twenty-five finalists from across the United States will compete in interviews, sportswear and evening gown competitions and on-stage interviews for three pageant titles: Ms. America 2018, Ms. America International 2018 (contestants age 40 and up only) and Ms. International 2018.
Fans can help their favorite contestant win the Ms. International 2018 title by voting for them at www.msamericapageant.com, under People’s Choice at the top left of the home page. Each vote costs $1, half of which goes to the pageant and the other half to the winning contestant.  Voting closes at 5 p.m. March 4.
McDermott urges local residents to vote for her. If she wins the Ms. International title, she plans to donate any money awarded to charities helping those with special needs, anti-bullying, the homeless and veterans in the Carolinas.
“Your support is vital to help me give back to our local charities,” she said. As of Friday, McDermott is ranked fourth in the People’s Choice voting.
McDermott has been visiting area events in the last few months to spread her message, such as the Indian Land Fall Festival in October, the Lancaster Veterans Day Parade, anti-bullying events and toy and food drives.
If you’d like Ms. South Carolina to appear at an event, contact McDermott at mssouthcarolinaamerica2018@gmail.com.
The 2018 Ms. America Pageant will be March 10 on the historic Queen Mary, permanently docked in Long Beach, Calif.
The red carpet walk starts at 6:30 p.m. and the pageant at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which went on sale last month, are available at www.MsAmericaPageant.com. There will also be free live streaming of the pageant on www.AlertTheGlobe.com.