BY JAMES PHILLIPS, DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE
A Walker County woman will be representing Alabama in August at the Mrs. United States Pageant in Las Vegas.
Joeletta Barrentine, a Dora-based attorney, was named Mrs. Alabama United States 2016 after competing in May against other ladies from across the state.
“I am truly amazed at the doors this crown has opened, and I am humbled by the opportunities that it has given me,” Barrentine said.
Since winning the crown, Martin has been on a whirlwind tour of the state, speaking in different areas and raising awareness for the fight against childhood hunger.
“We have so many children in our state that struggle to have enough food, especially during the summer months when they are not in school,” Barrentine told members of the Rotary Club of Jasper on Tuesday. “I’ve been involved with the Backyard Blessings program, which feeds students on the weekends during the school year, for some time, but I felt like we needed to do more and help children during the summer months.”
Martin recently started The King’s Table, a summer food program sponsored by Backyard Blessings.
“We have just gotten started, but we have already been feeding children,” she said. “Lack of nutrition during the summer can make the “summer slide” in learning even worse. I just don’t believe any child should be hungry. Children go through so much. They shouldn’t have to worry where their next meal is coming from.”
Barrentine will have the opportunity to share her passion for ending childhood hunger and represent her home state when she competes in the Mrs. United States Pageant at the Palms Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Aug. 1-4. She will be judged on interview, swimsuit and evening gown.
“I’m truly honored. It overwhelms me with emotion every time I think about wearing my ‘Alabama’ sash,” Barrentine said. “My goal is to make it into the Top 15 and be there in the finals.”
The Mrs. United States Pageant is considered to be the premiere pageant for married women. Barrentine, a 40-year-old, said she was the oldest competitor in the state pageant.
“I was competing against mostly girls in there 20s and 30s,” she said. “They were models and actresses. Most of them didn’t have multiple children and work a full-time job.”
Barrentine and her husband, Jeremy, have two children. She is a full-time attorney but also serves as municipal judge in Dora and Parrish.
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