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Belmont’s Mattie Lee named Miss Clemson University 2020

Feb 20, 2020 11:40AM

The moment Mattie Lee was crowned Miss Clemson University 2020.

The newly crowned Miss Clemson University 2020 is Mattie Lee, a native of Belmont.

Sixteen contestants competed for the title of Miss Clemson University 2020 on Friday, January 31st, 2020 at the Brooks Center for Performing Arts on Clemson University’s campus at 7 pm.

Winners included- Mattie Lee - Miss Clemson University 2020; Delaney Crenshaw - 1st runner up;

Tatum Sass - 2nd runner up; Mallorie Worley - 3rd runner up; Caroline Effinger - 4th runner up.

Talent Winner - Mattie Lee; Interview Winner - Hallie Elrod; Ad Sales Winner - Lauren Crocker; Miss Congeniality - Caitlyn Moyd; Philanthropy Winner - Darby Billing; People’s Choice - Tatum Sass.

Mattie, 21, is the daughter of Bow and Angie Lee. She is a junior at Clemson and expects to graduate in 2021 . She is a graduate of Stuart W. Cramer High School. She has a GPA of 3.84. Her Major is Communications with a concentration in Health Communications. Her Minor is Sociology and Brand Communications. 

She has 17 years of dance including tap, jazz, ballet, lyrical, and hip hop; 12 years of competitive dance at Dance Specialties in Belmont, NC; 7 years of cheer and gymnastics; 3 years of classical flute

Activities at Clemson include- A student in the Calhoun Honors College,  Clemson Undergraduate Student Government,  Member of the Rally Cat Dance Team, Alpha Delta Pi Sorority, CUGA - Clemson University Guide Association,  Pearce Center for Professional Communications Intern,  Academic Success Center Student Advisory Board, Member of the Student Advisory Board for College of Behavioral, Social, & Health Sciences,  Campus Recreation Social Media Intern,  TigerVision Student Network. Participant in the Alternative Break Program (Fall Break 2017).

Community Activities include-Tim Tebow Foundation - Night to Shine Prom – 3 years; Clemson Community Foundation; Emerson Rose Foundation; Volunteer at Clemson Downs Assisted Living Facility; Team Captain for the Walk to End Alzheimer’s - 3 consecutive years; Member of First Presbyterian Church, Belmont.

Future plans are to  obtain a Master of Health Communications and pursue a career in patient advocacy in the healthcare field.

Her type and title of talent performance-  Jazz Dance to Celine Dion’s “River Deep, Mountain High” – choreographed by Heather Maree Betenbaugh and Kelsey Jones at Dance Specialties in Belmont.

“I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of the Miss Clemson University Pageant experience, from meeting and creating friendships with fifteen girls, to rehearsals, to being able to experience it all come together on stage with so many of my friends and family supporting me,” Mattie said. 

“It was truly one of the highlights of my Clemson college experience thus far and a memory I will never forget. It is an unbelievable honor to represent such a wonderful group of young women and one of the best universities around!”

“My main goal as Miss Clemson University is to develop a closer relationship with the Clemson Child Development Center (CDCC), the philanthropy and community service platform for the Miss Clemson University Pageant. Whether it be monthly visits or hosting events to raise awareness and funds for the CCDC, I hope to make an impact on this organization and bring to light the importance of their mission in the Clemson community.”

Mattie’s mom, Angie Lee, had this to say. “It truly is a blessing to watch your child work so hard for a goal that means so much to her. Mattie loves Clemson University and being able to represent her college seems surreal. We were overwhelmed with the amount of love and support Mattie received during this venture. A group of approximately fifty people from the Belmont area traveled to Clemson to cheer her on, and even more friends and family supported her through program ad sales, donating supplies to the CCDE non-profit organization, sponsoring her financially, and simply encouraging her to be the best she could be. I am so proud to have the opportunity to watch Mattie represent the title of Miss Clemson University this year.” 

The Miss Clemson University Pageant is sponsored by Clemson’s Mortar Board. Mortar Board is the nation’s oldest senior national honor fraternity dedicated to service, leadership, and academics. Members actively serve their community during their senior year. Clemson’s Order of Athena Chapter of Mortar Board’s philanthropy is the Clemson Child Development Center (CCDC). All proceeds from the Miss Clemson University Pageant goes directly to CCDC. In addition to raising money, the contestants also collected basic items to be donated to CCDC, and make visits to the child development center. This year, over $10,000.00 was raised for CCDC and over 900 items were donated. 

Founded in 1968 by the Clemson Chapter of the South Carolina Council of Human Relations, the primary purpose of the Clemson Day Care, as it was first called, was to provide quality pre-school education to African-American children preparing to enter the newly integrated school system. In 1969, the daycare center opened its doors to 20 children on 2.5 acres of wooded, landscaped property on McGee Street...and remained there for 38 years. In 1975, with funding from federal, state, and, local grants, its mission expanded to provide a 12-month comprehensive child development program, and its name changed to reflect the expanded vision. The Clemson Child Development Center (CCDC) served children from six weeks to five years old until public schools implemented a five-year-old kindergarten program. It was also one of the first sites in the state to offer a 4K pre-school curriculum as a part of SC First Steps. In February 2007, having outgrown the original facilities, CCDC moved to their present location in the historic Calhoun school building (and former Morrison Annes) on Butler Street where they currently nurture and educate 70 children.

Today, CCDC is run by Clemson Child Development Center, Inc., a 501c(3) organization. The board of directors includes members from local congregations and the community at large. The student body is ethnically and socio-economically diverse. Staff members have experience in early childhood education and development and attend annual training programs. CCDC is licensed by the Department of Social Services and adheres to all child care and developmental standards required by the ABC Voucher System.