Featured twirler wins Miss San Antonio crown

By Kendrah Ramos


The new Miss San Antonio apparently wowed the pageant’s judges with her baton-twirling talent just as she did the crowd at halftime Saturday night with the Marching Cardinals Band.

Ashley Stone-Sneed, 19, became a part of Miss San Antonio history as its first black winner Sept. 9.

“I was very excited to win Miss San Antonio, considering that I am the first black Miss San Antonio,” said StoneSneed, a fashion management major at the University of the Incarnate Word.

As the winner, she will be entered in the Miss Texas Pageant next year, a preliminary event in the Miss America competition.

Besides that, she said, “I will be involved in all Fiesta events and then some considering I am Tricentennial Fiesta Royalty.”

Stone-Sneed, the featured twirler in the band, said she has been competing in beauty pageants since she was a little girl and has grown to love them, including previous title wins in the Miss Central Texas and Miss Alamo City Teen pageants. The scholarship money she has won will come in handy for her education. And the education is expected to help her launch a career.

“I am (planning) to be a business owner specializing in gowns and costumes and athletic uniforms for college and pros,” she said. A graduate of East Central High School, Stone-Sneed said she has been twirling for 17 years.

“I started when I was 2 years old,” she said, learning the skill to win local, regional, state and national twirling competitions.

“Baton twirling takes a lot of focus and dedication just like any other sport,” StoneSneed said. “Baton twirling is a sport and I do consider myself an athlete. I spend 36 hours a week practicing.”

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