An Orangeburg native is looking forward to competing in the upcoming Miss South Carolina Teen scholarship competition.
Zaria Sumpter, 15, is the reigning Miss Garden City Teen 2019. A rising junior at the High School for Health Professions, Zaria is the daughter of BJ and Zipporah Sumpter of Orangeburg. She said she is overjoyed for the opportunity to compete this June.
“I have been involved in the Miss South Carolina Princess Program since I was 8, and I am so excited to be able to return as a Teen contestant again,” Sumpter said.
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She also looks forward to being an advocate for the Orangeburg community through her personal platform, “BIG TIME against Cancer,” specifically pancreatic and non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
“Ever since I was a princess, I’ve seen several girls participate as Teen and Miss candidates. I’m so excited and blessed for my own opportunity on this level. As a teen candidate, my own dreams have been realized, giving me the chance to speak about my platform. My family and I have been through so much having both pancreatic cancer and and non-Hodgkin lymphoma touch our lives. It hasn’t been easy, but telling my story not only makes people aware but also show other young girls to be strong and empowered,” she said.
“I’m so ready to see old friends and to make new ones. This competition is a once in a lifetime experience.”