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Rugby to host pageant today

By Staff | Apr 8, 2013

Today the Rugby High School’s auditorium will be the place to be where you can watch 17 talented contestants from Rugby and all across the state compete in the Inaugural Miss Rugby/Miss Geographical Center pageant. The pageant will kick off at 5 p.m. 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 life style. 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 five age divisions starting at 1st grade up to age 24. These young ladies and women will be competing for two titles in each age group. Winners will receive scholarship money, crowns, sashes, floral bouquets, photo shoots, and will advance to compete at the state pageants.

This preliminary 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 contestants will be judged by a panel of five individuals from all across the state. They will judge the contestants in four phases of competition: interview, talent, sportswear, and eveningwear. 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, instrumental solos, and piano solos.

The program will be emceed by Miss North Dakota 2012 Rosie Sauvageau, Miss North Dakota’s Outstanding Teen 2012 Kaylee Seven, Miss North Dakota’s Junior Teen 2012 Raghen Lucy, and Miss Queen City 2013 Serena Buskness. They will also be guest performers at the event.

Seven of the girls competing for titles are from Rugby. They include: Reese LaRocque, Katelyn Duchscher, Morgan LaRocque, Kristina Brossart, Riley Grove, Kourtney Sattler, and Breanna Thompson. There will also be a guest performance by Rugby’s own Shelby King, who is the Junior Teen Red River Valley 2013.

Duchscher and both Morgan and Reese LaRocque said they are most looking forward to the talent portion of the contest, with Reese LaRocque set to play the piano as her talent.

Riley Grove entered because she likes “to dance and perform in front of people.”

Brossart said she is “looking forward to the modeling practice and the whole experience.”

Sattler, an eighth-grader in Rugby, participated in Miss North Dakota Teen USA in November, her first pageant.

That experience will make her less nervous for her second attempt.

“I felt better after that one and wanted to try another,” she said. “It was really nerve-wracking.”

In the junior teen division, Thompson will play the flute in the talent portion.

“I got interested when I heard about the scholarship chance I would have,” she said. “I also thought it would be a good experience for my future years.”

The pageant is run by co-directors, Julie Grove and Angie Wolfe. There are also around 30 volunteers helping to make the pageant run smoothly. The Rugby Preliminary Pageant is made possible by the generous donations of many area businesses. Please come out and support this event and enjoy a night of entertainment.

– Submitted by Julie Grove, additional content provided by Chris Bieri

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