Blythewood crowns new queens

Miss Blythewood Teen Brianna Binder and Miss Blythewood Madison Coffman. Photo from Miss Blythewood SC Facebook.

The torch — or rather, tiara — has been passed. The new Miss Blythewood, Madison Coffman, and Miss Blythewood Teen, Brianna Binder, were crowned at a pageant Saturday night at the Blythewood High School auditorium.

Coffman, 19, of Lexington is a freshman at the University of South Carolina, where she is a Palmetto Fellows scholar. Her new crown earned her a $1,000 college scholarship.

Binder, 17, is a junior at Dutch Fork High School and lives in Irmo. She won a $500 college scholarship.

The two talented teens outscored seven other young women in interviews, talent, fitness or swimwear and evening wear competitions to earn their crowns. Coffman performed the song “Let Me Be Your Star” and Binder sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” before an audience of about 125 people in the talent competition.

The Blythewood event is an open pageant, meaning young women from anywhere in South Carolina are eligible to enter. It was first held in 2015 and provides “monumental” value, according to its executive director, Traci Cooper.

“It elevates the presence of the town because we’ve elected two new ambassadors,” Cooper said. “Blythewood has really gravitated toward the pageant and I’m confident residents will be proud of these two young ladies representing it.”

The pageant was a preliminary to the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant to be held June 25-29 at the Township Auditorium in Columbia. State winners will compete in the Miss America pageant.

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