St Joseph's High School Aberdeen Year 10 student Katie Sutcliffe crowned 2020 Upper Hunter Teen Showgirl

WELL DONE: Chocolate & Moss Florist's Andrea Burns with 2020 Upper Hunter Showgirl People's Choice award winner Katie Sutcliffe.
WELL DONE: Chocolate & Moss Florist's Andrea Burns with 2020 Upper Hunter Showgirl People's Choice award winner Katie Sutcliffe.

SCONE'S Katie Sutcliffe is the toast of the town after securing the 2020 Upper Hunter Teen Showgirl crown.

The teenager, who also picked up the People's Choice award, prevailed from Singleton's Emily May.

In the main Showgirl section, Denman's Ally Morrison claimed the title from runner-up Rolanda Clout-Collins (Kars Springs), Yasmin Jimmieson (Muswellbrook) and Kaitlyn Vincent (Scone).

The impressive youngsters were acknowledged at an informal presentation at the Muswellbrook Showground on Friday, June 26.

All received their sashes and flowers, in front of Upper Hunter Show Society (UHSS) staff and sponsors.

"Showgirl is a vital role for the entrants - and their personal development," president Keith Googe said.

"Today was a chance for them to meet our supporters while we finalise everything.

"It also gives the girls a tiny piece of the experience.

"They are all fantastic ambassadors for the Upper Hunter community."

2020 Upper Hunter Teen Showgirl Katie Sutcliffe and sponsor Muswellbrook RSL Club CEO Daryl Egan

2020 Upper Hunter Teen Showgirl Katie Sutcliffe and sponsor Muswellbrook RSL Club CEO Daryl Egan

Miss Sutcliffe, 15, admitted she was "very honoured" to win.

"This year's event is certainly a different experience," said the St Joseph's High School Aberdeen student, after the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic forced the cancellation of the March extravaganza.

"For example, we took part in a Zoom call for the interview process, instead of meeting the judges face-to-face.

"But, I'm glad to have been a part of it.

"Now, I am keen to encourage more young girls to get involved in the Showgirl competition.

"It's a great opportunity for them to speak about issues that are important to them.

"That's one of the reasons I'm also on the Upper Hunter Youth Council."