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Second Rugby pageant nearing

October 4, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

On November 9th, Rugby will be hosting the second Miss and Outstanding Teen Rugby/Geographic Center Preliminary Pageant. This event will be held in the Rugby High School Auditorium and is for girls in 1st grade through age 24. Julie Grove of Rugby and Angie Wolfe of Carrington are the co-directors of this local preliminary pageant.

The purpose and commitment of the Rugby Preliminary Scholarship Pageant is to recognize potential, reward achievement and promote young girls and women in our community by providing opportunities to develop interview and communication skills, enhance performance capability, encourage a healthy life style, and build self-esteem and self-confidence through competition. In addition, it provides college savings bonds and scholarship dollars to encourage the young girls and women in our community to continue their education in preparation for their future. Last year, with the help of local sponsors, the 2 winners in the Miss division were awarded $300 scholarships. This year, we are excited to be giving out a $500 Scholarship to both Miss Rugby and Miss Geographic Center title winners!

New this pageant cycle is the addition of the Miss America's Princess Program designed for girls who are ages 5 to 12. Young ladies in this age bracket will have the opportunity to participate in all areas of pageant competition and will perform in an on- stage choreographed dance and will have their picture in the program book. In the end every Princess will receive a tiara to showcase her hard work and the courage she exemplified to participate in a pageant. It is designed for girls who are looking to improve upon their pageant skills that promote self-confidence such as interview, talent, modeling and stage presence. Each Princess will participate in interview, sportswear, party dress/evening wear and talent (optional). Instead of being judged on each category by the panel of judges that is judging the coinciding Miss and Teen pageant, a Princess will receive a document of judges' comments indicating what they felt she did well on and suggestions for improvement. This is a wonderful opportunity for a young Princess to practice and grow her pageant skills so when she is of age to compete as a Teen or Miss she is more prepared. The girls who participate in the Princess Program in Rugby will also be invited to participate at the State Pageant in June.

The Outstanding Teen is the next age division which includes girls age 13 to 17. Contestants are judged on four areas of competition which include: Interview, Sportswear, Talent, and Evening Wear. The prizes awarded to both winners in the Outstanding Teen category include: $50 Gift card to purchase a $100 college savings bond, Crown and Sash, and a $50 Scholarship towards Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen Pageant 2014.

The Miss division is for young women age 18-24. Contestants in this division are also judged on the four areas of competition. The prizes awarded to both winners in the Miss division include: $500 scholarship, Crown and Sash, and entry fee into the Miss North Dakota 2014 Pageant. At the Miss North Dakota state pageant in Williston last year, 21 girls from across the state competed for the title of Miss North Dakota. At the state pageant, over $40,000 was awarded in addition to applied scholarships from virtually all of the colleges in the state.

Competing in the Miss Rugby pageant will give talented young women a chance to perform and to hone their interview skills. If you know of any gifted musicians, dancers, singers, dramatic performers, or those with any other type of performance talent, please encourage them to participate. For more information or to receive an application for the pageant, please email, call Julie at 542-2561, or look us up on Facebook at: Miss Rugby Scholarship Organization. Application deadline is October 26th.

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by Julie Grove



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