Miss Tennessee Valley Hayley Lewis won the 2014 Miss Tennessee Scholarship Pageant Saturday night at the Carl Perkins Civic Center.
Lewis, 21, said the pageant week has been "a wonderful experience," as the contestants built each other up.
"I've definitely grounded myself more and found out a lot about my limitations and where I could push myself," Lewis said. "I am just thrilled to be here today."
Lewis said she was ready to "get all packed up" for the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City, N.J.
"I have become the young woman I have always wanted to be," Lewis said. "I have my goals set, and they are right in front of me, and it's all because of the Miss America organization and what it does for young women."
The final night of the Miss Tennessee pageant began with the announcement of the Top 16 semifinalists: Lewis, Miss Henderson County Jessica Haas, Miss Capital City Dacey Winkleman, Miss Nashville Kaileigh Bullard, Miss Collierville Elyssa Howell, Miss Chattanooga Jaclyn Torrento, Miss Rocky Top Rachael Turner, Miss Metropolitan Darby Schumacher, Miss Lexington Anna Leigh Phillips, Miss Historic Jonesborough Lexi White, Miss Music City Maria Sheppard, Miss Decatur County Courtney Walker, Miss Greater Greeneville Sarah Stokely, Miss Dyersburg Cassidy Sheppard, Miss Queen City Aria Stiles and Miss East Tennessee Maggie Belew.
The 16 semifinalists then competed in the swimsuit and fitness portion, and judges selected 12 from the group to continue. The 12 women then performed their talents again, with the talents including fiddling, inspirational speaking and singing.
The Top 10 semifinalists were selected afterward and then competed in the evening wear competition. Afterward, the Top 5 contestants were selected.
The first runner-up was Stokely, and the second runner-up was Bullard. The third runner-up was White, and the fourth runner-up was Torrento.
Lewis will receive $13,000 in scholarships. Stokely will receive $7,500 in scholarships, while Bullard will receive $5,500.
White will receive $4,000 in scholarships, and Torrento will receive $3,000.
The other five Top 10 semifinalists will receive $2,250 each in scholarships, and the two Top 12 semifinalists will receive $2,125 each in scholarships.
The four Top 16 semifinalists will receive $1,500 each in scholarships. The remaining contestants will receive $1,000 scholarships each.
"Being around these girls, it's amazing how much you want to better yourself being around them," said Bullard, who competed in her first and final pageant, as she will age out of the competition next year. "Because every single one is ambitious and talented and beautiful, and it's truly inspiring to be around them."
Stokely said contestants "learn so much" during the pageants, as well as create friendships.
Torrento said the pageant also tests the contestants' strength as they practice their talents, prepare for the swimsuit and fitness competition and research current events for the interview portion of the competition.
"It's just an honor to be here and to be surrounded by veterans and newcomers," White said. "I couldn't have asked for a better first Miss Tennessee week."