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Pageant to be held tonight

November 7, 2013
Pierce County Tribune

Rugby High School's auditorium will be the place to be tonight as you can watch around 20 talented contestants from Rugby and all across the state compete in the 2nd annual Miss Rugby/Miss Geographic Center pageant. The pageant will kick off at 5:30pm. Tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for students and the pageant is open to the public.

The Rugby Preliminary pageant is all about recognizing and developing the talents of young women in our state, and giving them an opportunity to showcase that talent. It also provides opportunities to develop interview and communication skills, builds self-esteem and self-confidence, and encourages a healthy lifestyle. In addition, it provides college scholarship dollars to encourage the young girls and women in our community to continue their education in preparation for the future.

There are 3 age divisions starting at first grade up to age 24. The youngest group is the Princess Program which includes the first grade through sixth grade. The purpose of this group is to give the girls experience and help them gain self-confidence while performing on stage. There are no winners chosen in the Princess Program, it is just an opportunity for the girls to have fun and learn about the process.

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Katelyn Duchscher

In the next two age divisions, Outstanding Teen and Miss, the young ladies will be competing for two titles in each group. Winners will receive scholarship money, crowns, sashes, floral bouquets, photo shoots from Portraits by Misti, and a spot at the state pageants. In the Miss division, the two title winners will both receive a $500 scholarship thanks to the generous donations of our local businesses.

The contestants will be judged by a panel of five individuals who all have ties to the Rugby area. They will judge the contestants in four phases of competition: interview, talent, sportswear and evening wear. However, the audience will also be able to pick their favorite contestant by participating in the People's Choice Award. It will be an exciting evening of entertainment including dancing, singing, monologues, instrumental solos and piano solos.

The program will be emceed by Miss Rugby 2013 Carlie Meehan and Miss Geographic Center 2013 Megan Yahna. The pair will hand off their crowns to Miss Rugby 2014 and Miss Geographic Center 2014. There will also be guest performances by Miss North Dakota 2013 Laura Harmon, Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen Abby Wolfe, Miss Jr. Teen North Dakota Carly Lehr, Miss Pre-Teen North Dakota Sydney Helgeson and Little Miss North Dakota Gabby Tweten.

Four of the girls competing for titles are from Rugby. They include: Kendyl Hager, Katelyn Duchscher, Lauren Voeller and Riley Grove. They are all in the Princess Program.

This pageant is an official preliminary to the Miss North Dakota's Outstanding Teen & Youth Pageant, Miss America's Outstanding Teen Pageant, Miss North Dakota Pageant and Miss America!

The pageant is run by co-directors, Julie Grove and Angie Wolfe. There are also around 20 volunteers helping to make the pageant run smoothly. The Rugby Preliminary Pageant is made possible by the generous donations of many area businesses. We invite you to come out and support this event and enjoy a wonderful night of entertainment.

Rugby contestants include Katelyn Duchscherer, Kendyl Hager, Lauren Voeller and Riley Grove.

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by Julie Grove



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