WASHINGTON, D.C. — In March of this year, Channing Gillum competed for a state title in Charleston, West Virginia, where she won the title of Junior Miss West Virginia Earth. Claiming this state competition set the wheels in motion for Gillum to travel to the nation’s capital and compete for a national holding. On August 10, Gillum did just that – she competed and won the tenure of Junior Miss Earth USA 2019
Girls in WV reportedly often feel as if they are overlooked when competing in the national pageant systems. Gillum, who is only 11 years old, changed that tradition when she traveled to D.C. and competed against junior miss contestants from all over the United States, ranging in age from 10-15.
The contestants were scored on five phases of competition: Environmental activity, community service, introduction, fun fashion, photogenic, and gown. Prior to the pageant, contestants must perform an environmental activity to be reviewed by judges. Gillum, along with her mother, Melanie Gillum, organized recycling at the Almost Heaven BBQ bash in Weston during the month of June.
Gillum is a sixth-grade student at Buckhannon-Upshur Middle School and is a competitive gymnast at Tumble Time Gymnastic in Elkins. Gillum also enjoys volunteering and riding her horse, Buck. Her mother stated, “We have thoroughly enjoyed this pageant experience, and we are so excited to have found a pageant system that revolves around protecting our Earth, environment, and community service.” The Record Delta would like to congratulate Channing Gillum on this fantastic achievement and her positive representation of our community and state.