The title of Miss Madison is a natural progression for Elizabeth Haines.
Haines, a junior at Madison County High School, was named Miss Madison 2019 Saturday. She was previously Junior Miss Madison in 2015—a title that led to her entering the Miss pageant.
“When I had my title as Junior Miss, I saw how much my Miss, Ashley Sharp, did for the community and I wanted to do the same,” Haines said.
Even though she was previously a title winner, Haines said she was shocked to hear her name called as the Miss winner.
“Since the sixth grade, having this title was always something I looked forward to, but never thought was possible,” she said. “Now that it has happened, I feel like I am in a dream.”
Over the next year, Haines will represent Madison County in a variety of events. She said she’s hoping to do as much as she can for the community and be a positive influence for her peers and younger children.
“I am beyond excited for this next year as Miss Madison and even more excited to do things with my court,” she said. “I would really love to be able to volunteer at a Special Olympics event.”
The Special Olympics is something Haines has decided to focus on during her year as Miss Madison.
“Special needs children have always had a special place in my heart and I absolutely hate that they do not get to participate and experience things that others their age may get to,” she said. “When people with special needs get to participate in these competitive sports games, it’s so easy to see how much their face lights up when they cross a finish line in a race or score some points in a basketball game and it’s a really beautiful thing to see and I would love to be a part of something so rewarding.”
Haines is the daughter of John and Christine Haines and is the middle of three children. Older sister Ashley is a freshman at James Madison University and younger sister Jackie is a freshman at Madison County High School. Haines said her parents were her biggest supporters as she prepared to compete in the Miss Madison pageant, nonstop driving her to dress shops, clothing stores and the nail salon. She said Heather Thompson, Sharp and Lauren Eanes provided her with amazing help and are always ready to answer any questions she has.
“Mindy Carpenter was amazing with doing my hair and prepping me with possible questions that could’ve been asked, and lastly my soccer family was a huge support,” Haines said. “My coach Mark Callahan and his family always reminded me to do my best and to just be me; two of my closest friends and teammates Kendra Callahan and Caitlynn Paige also held my hand along this process and put up with me talking about my pageant related stress. I couldn’t be more thankful of my support system.”
In addition to being Miss Madison, Haines is on the varsity soccer and swim teams. She’s also a member of the Student Council Association, Future Business Leaders of America and BETA, an honor society. She’s also been a member of Madison County Young Life for the past three years.
Haines said she plans to attend a four-year university after high school and is considering a major in the neurological science field.
Up next for Haines will be representing Madison County during the Dogwood Festival which will culminate April 27 with the crowning of the new Dogwood Queen. Madison’s last Dogwood Queen was Georgianna Woodward who was crowned the 2017 queen.