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Two for two: Miss Columbia wins swimsuit preliminary award; second in three nights

COLUMBIA, SC – Four winners were announced at the third and final night of preliminary competition for the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen pageant on Thursday at Township Auditorium.

Miss Upstate, Davia Bunch, 20, from Spartanburg, won the Thursday talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition. She performed classical ballet choreography to “Carmen.”

Miss Columbia, Suzi Roberts, 23, from Pawleys Island, won the Thursday swimsuit preliminary in the Miss South Carolina competition. This is the second preliminary win for Roberts. She also won the Tuesday talent preliminary with her high-octane dance routine to a toe-tapping remix of Whitney Houston’s “Greatest Love of All.”

Miss Clarendon Teen, Julia Herrin, 15, from Bluffton, won the Thursday talent preliminary in the Miss South Carolina Teen competition. She played “The Battle” on piano.

Miss Socastee High School Teen, Ashley Jones, 16, from Myrtle Beach, won the Thursday evening gown/onstage question preliminary in the Miss South Carolina Teen competition.

The final competition for the teens is at 7 p.m. Friday, when the new Miss South Carolina Teen will be crowned. The final competition for the Miss S.C. contestants starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, when the new Miss South Carolina will be crowned live on WACH FOX TV along with other Sinclair stations in the state.

Tickets are available at Ticketmaster.com and at the Township Auditorium box office at (803) 576-2350, www.thetownship.org.

Miss South Carolina 2017 will compete for the title of Miss America in Atlantic City, N.J., in September. Miss South Carolina Teen 2017 will compete for the title of America’s Outstanding Teen in Orlando, Fla., in July.

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