Two local girls have been selected to compete at the Pure International Pageant in Columbus, Ohio on Labor Day weekend. Madison Haislop and Nevaeh Hightower will represent Ohio as they compete for the titles of Miss Pure USA and Miss Pure North America.

Madison Haislop, the 19-year-old daughter of Bobby and Betsy Haislop of Jackson, is the 2020 Miss Pure Ohio State Teen. Madison is a sophomore at the University of Rio Grande, where she is majoring in Radiology Technology and is a member of the Rio Red Storm Women’s Collegiate Soccer Team. She served as the 2017-18 Jackson County Apple Festival Queen First Attendant. Madison is a former employee of the Jackson Area YMCA and this summer she was employed by COAD/RSVP of the Ohio Valley as a Summer Meals for Kids Program Assistant.  She is a 2018 Jackson High School graduate and while at JHS she was a member of the Leos Club where she worked with many anti-hunger initiatives. As Miss Pure Ohio State Teen, Madison will travel throughout the State to promote Pure and her platform of Celiac Disease Awareness.

Nevaeh Hightower, the 11-year-old granddaughter of John and Susan Rogers of Jackson and the daughter of Jessica Dillow of Wheelersburg, is the 2020 Preteen Miss Pure Appalachia. Nevaeh is a fifth-grader at Westview Elementary. She is a member of the Country Classics 4-H Club, Girl Scout Troop 1047, Upwards Youth Soccer League, and Jackson Pee Wee Red Cheerleaders, and is an active member of Grace Baptist Fellowship Church. She also enjoys working out at Iron City Barbell. She served as the 2019-20 Jackson County Fair Little Miss Queen, and the 2018-19 Little Miss Pure Ohio/Midwest States Queen. As Miss Pure Appalachia, Nevaeh will travel throughout the Appalachian region of Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, promoting Pure and her platform of Reducing Childhood Hunger in Rural Areas.

Pure International Pageants started as a United States-based organization and has held State, Regional, and National Pageants since 2011. Its motto is “Lead, Inspire, Achieve.” Pure emphasizes public speaking and interview skills while helping contestants discover their goals for the future, opportunities for community service, and development of leadership abilities. It is a “faith-inspired, family-focused” pageant which believes that everyone has the ability to make a positive impact in the world, and encourages its participants. Participants choose a platform based on their area of interest, and work during the course of their year to bring awareness to the need for this platform in their communities.