BY MWEZI DAKE firstname.lastname@example.org
Jercoiya Waiters of Manatee County was crowned Miss Manatee while competing in the Miss Manatee Scholarship Pageant at the Manatee Performing Arts Center on Saturday, November 19, 2016 winning the crown and a one thousand dollar scholarship. The honor and crown was awarded to Waiters, a twenty- two year old attending State College of Florida to become a Nurse
Practitioner. Waiters is a Palmetto native and grew up Bradenton during her childhood and its clear her love for Manatee County is clear and runs deeply.
Waiters has been involved in other pageants and has been crowned Miss Desoto Heritage in 2014, Miss South Tampa in 2015 and served on the Desoto Heritage Festival Queen’s Court. Waiters has set her mark and aim high for her aspirations in life and career as well as carefully choosing who she looks to as role models. Waiters spoke of her admiration and respect for First Lady, Michelle Obama during the pageant. Waiters commented she would emulate the qualities as Michelle Obama has shown and displayed during her career and during her time at the White House. Waiters stated she feels a deep care for the cause of autism and would be making autism a part of her platform in the upcoming pageants hoping to win at the Miss Florida pageant and go on to represent Florida in the Miss America pageant. Waiters possess the inner beauty and out- er beauty which shines brightly and is a genuinely talented and gifted person. She is a stellar role model to follow and a talent to follow to the upcoming pageants. Waiters represents all of Manatee County well and the State of Florida.