Melody Hager ends her two-year reign as Miss Statesville | Local News


Donna Swicegood

It’s been two years since Melody Hager became the first to be crowned Miss Statesville.

Hager was the first non-Iredell resident to win the crown, and thanks to COVID, her two-year reign was another first.

Yet as she prepares to crown her successor on Saturday night, she realizes the past two years have flown by. “Since I got the title, I feel like it was yesterday that I won,” Hager said.

The new Miss Statesville will be crowned Saturday night at Statesville High School’s Mac Gray Auditorium. The new Miss Statesville Outstanding Teen will also be crowned. Like Hager, McKenzie Scott Cox has held the title for two years.

It was a chance encounter that led Mecklenburg County native Hager to enter the Miss Statesville pageant two years ago. She and her musical group, Melody and the Notes, were playing at a Festival of Food Trucks in Mooresville when a man approached her. That man was Ryan Pegarsch, director of the Miss Statesville organization.

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Hager said Pegarsch told her that, for the first time, the pageant was open to women from outside Iredell County and encouraged her to enter. She filled out the paperwork and within weeks she was the new Miss Statesville.

The Miss Statesville pageant was not her first pageant. During her freshman year of college, she entered the Miss Asheville pageant and came out with that title.

She said she took a few years off after the Miss Asheville experience. “I needed to find out who Melody was,” she said. It was during this break that she met Pegarsch.

Although she’s not from Iredell County, Hager said, she feels embraced by her adopted hometown and has nothing but positive things to say about her two years as a Statesville representative.

“Miss Statesville was an incredibly distinguished title in the organization (Miss America) and the community showers our representative with so much love that I am incredibly honored to wear the Statesville title on my chest,” she said. last summer as she prepared to represent this community in the Miss North Carolina pageant.

Hager said one of the highlights of his more than two-year reign is being able to advance his social impact project, music therapy. She hosted a fundraising jam session at Daveste’ Vineyard and Winery, raising funds for Piedmont Music Therapy, and released a Christmas album with Miss Metrolina and Miss Gastonia to raise funds for G-Cleft Music Therapy.

While Miss Statesville, she and Caroline Princess Isabella DiFiore of Miss Statesville made numerous public appearances and participated in parades.

As all of this comes to an end, Hager said, she looks back on a few years of making lots of new friends and making memories.

As she prepares to crown her successor, Hager offered some advice for the woman who will take over as Miss Statesville. “Soak up every moment you can,” she said. And, Hager said, she knows that sounds cliché, but she encouraged the new Miss Statesville to “be yourself. Be the best you can be.

And, she said, the next Miss Statesville will represent a community ready to lend unreserved love and support.

“I owe the people of Statesville and Iredell County the deepest gratitude,” she said.


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