Adkins is the daughter of Ronnie and Melissa Adkins. In winning the Jr. Miss Program, Adkins received a $2,500 scholarship plus she earned a 2-year scholarship to Jefferson State Community College worth $8,352.
The first runner-up for St. Clair Jr. Miss is Hannah Martin. She received a $750 scholarship. Second runner-up is Rachal Ezell and she received a $500 scholarship.
Total cash scholarships awarded totaled $8,500 while total scholarships awarded totaled $16,852.
“I was so shocked because I was not expecting this at all,” said Adkins. “I am so thankful for the opportunity and excited about representing St. Clair County.
“I am going to work really hard as I prepare for state. I want to represent this county really well. I’m just so excited about the opportunity.”
Adkins was a Little Sister for two years and has been around the local Jr. Miss Program for the past three years.
“Jr. Miss is a great opportunity not only for scholarships but to really show girls what they have on their heart and not just what’s on the outside.”
“I am so overwhelmed and thankful,” said Adkins’ mother Melissa Adkins. “She has worked so very hard and we are just so proud of her.”
Adkins’ grandmother, Nancy Myers, said she is so proud of Elise, her oldest grandchild.
“I am so thankful the judges could see into Elise’s heart and know she is such a kind and caring person,” Myers said. “I love and adore her.”
The 2010 St. Clair County Jr. Miss, Milea Hanner, said she was excited for Adkins.
“All 12 of these ladies were absolutely phenomenal,” Hanner said. “Elise will be a great representative for our county as she prepares for state.
“I look forward to getting to know her even better and giving her advice on going to state and how to deal with things. I’m so excited and ready to become her best friend.”
Hannah Martin said she was so surprised she was named first runner-up.
“It’s a good surprise,” Martin said. “I am so happy God gave me the words and courage. I’m glad I was able to do Him proud.”
Rachal Ezell said she was excited to finish second runner-up and very happy for Elise Adkins.
Jr. Miss Program Director Carol Hornsby said she is so proud of all of the 2011 Jr. Misses.
“With the tremendous support of our community, we were able to award $8,500 in cash scholarships to the contestants and their colleges of choice,” Hornsby said. “We thank everyone who so willingly contributed to the scholarship foundation.
“Elise will be an outstanding representative for St. Clair County, and we look forward to her involvement at area events in the coming year and her participation in Alabama’s Jr. Miss Scholarship Program in January, 2011. Elise worked extremely hard in preparation for our local program, and she is to be commended for her accomplishments.”