By David Knox
Allie Byrom is the queen of corny jokes.
“What did the cake say to the fork? Hey! You want a piece of me?”
She’s also the queen of pageants. The daughter of Allen and Jennifer Byrom is a rising freshman at Moore County High School and is the 2019 Junior Teen Tennessee Valley and competed for Junior Teen Tennessee United States. There, she took home fourth runner-up and won the costume portion of the pageant.
The 13-year-old has won Miss Lynchburg three times and several local charity pageants.
Then, Saturday, she won Young Miss Bedford County.
She’s committed to giving back to her community. She tutored first grade students and conducted a book drive. She also began a service project for a free little library that will be completed soon.
She’s always been a cheerleader. She’ll be a varsity cheerleader at MCHS this fall.
All the while, she made all-A’s in eighth grade, so she’s got a lot going for her. One of her favorite movies is “Legally Blonde,” and she wore the costume of the character Reese Witherspoon portrays to win the state contest’s “Best Costume” award. If you think she sees a little bit of her in the underrated Elle Woods, you’d be right – there’s more to Allie than being cute and funny.
In fact, people sometimes tell her she even looks like Reese Witherspoon, and she revels in the comparison.
She’s a social media star, too, as her “campaign” site racked up more than 1,000 likes. She also had to secure sponsors for her bid, so she worked hard to get them lined up. Her gift of being able to talk to anyone helped her out there.
She said pageants sometimes get a bad rap, but “they have taught me so much. I have learned to be confident, poised and meet new people and make lots of friends. My mom says I will be able to talk myself into any job I want.
“My favorite part is the interview. I like to talk,” she laughed.
No surprise, then, she got a perfect score in that portion of the state-wide pageant.
Her dream right now is to attend the University of Alabama, major in broadcast journalism and eventually host the “Today” show.
She said the pageants “are just fun. The state competition was different because there was an interview and a lot more categories.” Besides costumes and interviews, there was exercise wear and evening gown. For the record, she wore a red ball gown Sherri Hill. In the Tennessee Valley pageant, she wore a blue mermaid Sherri Hill. Her platform was early literacy. Near the end of the school year, she helped her mom – a first-grade teacher at Lynchburg Elementary – and read to the class.
For now, her charm and wit and corny jokes can be seen on her Facebook page and on the MCHS “Raider Review.”
Next stop? Maybe the “Today” show?