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5 years can make a difference: How Miss TN Valley is different from her first time competing in Miss TN Volunteer

The Jackson Sun logoThe Jackson Sun 6/16/2021 Brandon Shields, Jackson Sun
a person in a blue dress: Peyton Wilson, Miss Tennessee Valley, during her first public appearance as a Miss Tennessee Volunteer contestant at Old Hickory Mall on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Jackson, Tenn. © PAULA OSPINA/ The Jackson Sun Peyton Wilson, Miss Tennessee Valley, during her first public appearance as a Miss Tennessee Volunteer contestant at Old Hickory Mall on Sunday, June 13, 2021 in Jackson, Tenn.

Peyton Wilson stood in a line she’s stood in four times before Sunday at Old Hickory Mall after making her appearance during contestant introductions.

She’s Miss Tennessee Valley this year in the Miss Tennessee Volunteer Pageant.

In the past, she’s been Miss Wautauga Valley, Miss Johnson City, Miss Carter County and Miss McMinnville.

At 24 years old, Wilson feels confident in herself this week because of her experience and also because of her comfort within the pageant this year.

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“It is different for me this year than the first year I came here at 19 years old,” Wilson said. “People expect more out of you, but also there have been huge changes within the organization itself.

“It really is exciting to be back for a fifth time to see how I do compared to the other times I’ve been here.”

Wilson’s talent has been singing every time she’s competing in Jackson, and that hasn’t changed, although the selection has. She’ll be singing "The Just Keep Moving the Line" on Friday.

Her platform hasn’t changed over five years, but she said it has evolved.

“I have Tourette’s syndrome, and I’ve learned over the last five years about similarities between that and sensory disabilities and processing disorders,” Wilson said. “I’ve been working with a local center that helps kids on the autism spectrum to see what sensory tools can be used and how they help kids having a meltdown.”

Giving out sensory bags when she visits children’s hospitals has become part of her platform’s mission work as well.

a group of people sitting at a table with wine glasses: Peyton Wilson, Miss Tennessee Valley, talking with Dr. Ed Palmer during a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel as guests of the Jackson Lions Club and Old Hickory Rotary Club on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Jackson, Tenn. © PAULA OSPINA/ The Jackson Sun Peyton Wilson, Miss Tennessee Valley, talking with Dr. Ed Palmer during a luncheon at the Doubletree Hotel as guests of the Jackson Lions Club and Old Hickory Rotary Club on Monday, June 14, 2021 in Jackson, Tenn.

As far as competing goes, Wilson says she feels good going into the pageant.

“My approach this year is to just be myself and not be afraid to do that,” Wilson said. “At this point, what else is there to lose.

“I’ve been through it enough to know what I need to do, so I approach it knowing that, so that takes away some anxiety I might’ve had had the first time I was here competing.”

Reach Brandon Shields at bjshields@jacksonsun.com or at 731-425-9751. Follow him on Twitter @JSEditorBrandon or on Instagram at editorbrandon.

This article originally appeared on Jackson Sun: 5 years can make a difference: How Miss TN Valley is different from her first time competing in Miss TN Volunteer

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