Miss Martinsville/Henry County Bronwyn Hairston is giving up her crown.
Hairston is stepping aside because she has made plans to move to Greensboro, N.C., to pursue a new job.
Due to the move, Hairston, a graduate of Virginia Tech, no longer will be qualified to hold the title.
Haylee Hunt will be crowned the new Miss Martinsville/Henry County 2013 at 2 p.m. Sunday at Piedmont Arts. Kelly Pickurel will be crowned Martinsville’s Outstanding Pre-Teen 2013.
When Hunt got the call asking her if she would like to step in as Miss Martinsville/Henry County, she said she was taken aback.
“I said, ‘Uh are you serious?’ Of course I took it,” she said Wednesday. “I’m ecstatic about it.”
As far as preparing for the Miss Virginia contest this summer, Hunt said she was preparing to enter the Miss Lynchburg pageant, which was held Saturday, so her preparation time would have been about the same.
“I’m as ready as I’ll ever be” to compete at the state level, she said.
She graduated from Franklin County High School in January and is a sophomore at Virginia Western Community College. She will enter Radford University in the fall as a junior and plans to study biology, she said. She hopes to become an optometrist.
She is the daughter of Keith and Debbie Hunt of Penhook.
Stepping in as Miss Martinsville/Henry County is “fabulous (and) not expected at all,” Hunt said. She expressed sadness that Hairston was stepping down but was glad she was there to step in.
Hunt still is working on her platform, she said, but it will have something to do with optometry.
The Miss Martinsville/Henry County competition in August was Hunt’s first at the miss level, she added.
Former Miss Martinsville/Henry County Bronwyn Hairston’s goal was to use her position to work with area high school students to help them find volunteer opportunities.
In the fall, Hairston organized a clothing drive to benefit victims of Superstorm Sandy in the Northeast. The drive collected more than 2,500 articles of clothing, shoes, blankets and toys, according to Bulletin reports.
Hairston could not be reached for comment Wednesday.