Jennifer Jones '07
By Drew Brooks of the Spartanburg Herald-Journal
Limestone College alumna Jennifer Jones '07 was crowned Ms. United States during a competition in Washington, DC on Sunday, May 7.
Jones, a native of Shelby, NC and also a third-year student at Sherman College of Chiropractic, won the title after being matched up against 38 women from other states.
"Sunday was surprising — in a good way of course," Jones said Tuesday when reached by phone.
Jones, who turned 28 less than two weeks ago, said the four-day event was both exhilarating and nerve-wracking.
During an opening number on the pageant's final day, Jones fell onto all fours as she was introduced, but recovered and waved. "The audience was very supportive," a laughing Jones said.
In the days since her win, Jones said she has been inundated with calls and messages of support."The response has been wonderful," she said.
"So absolutely grateful and speechless for all the blessings that have been bestowed on me ..." she said on Facebook shortly after her win. "The ball is rolling on this fabulous opportunity. This next year will be the best of my life!"
The Ms. United States pageant is for women between the ages of 26 and 55, according to the organization's website. A competitor must be single, windowed or divorced.
Contestants are judged based on a personal interview, an on stage question, and swimsuit and evening wear competitions.
Jones said she began competing in pageants at age 19 and only wanted to do her best and represent both Carolinas.
"I claim them both," she said of her home state and South Carolina, to which she commutes to every day.
Her message to the judges, she said, was that a woman's role in society was whatever she chose, whether that be homemaker or professional.
Jones said she also advocated for her future career, telling the judges about her efforts in chiropractic school.
Jones said she still isn't clear on her schedule, but said it will include a number of nationwide appearances and modeling opportunities.
Jones said she celebrated with cake, a nod to both her win and her recent birthday. "You can't eat cake before the competition," she said.