Miss Pleasantville Scholarship Pageant organizers are looking for candidates to compete in the 19th annual pageant tentatively scheduled for Saturday, April 13.
“I always tell the girls that they are all winners,” said pageant Treasurer Deborah L. Washington. “That’s because they walk away from here with more than they came with.”
The pageant is looking for young women between the ages of 16 and 22, she said.
“It really doesn’t have to do with physical appearance,” Washington stressed. “It’s all about giving it your all. If you do everything we ask, attend all the meetings and workshops, you can beat out the other girls who came in here thinking they had it all in the bag.”
The winner of the Miss Pleasantville pageant receives a $1,000 scholarship. First runner-up earns a $750 scholarship, and second runner-up gets a $500 scholarship. Miss Congeniality will get a $150 scholarship.
The first task for candidates is to complete a fact sheet and return it by Friday, Feb. 22 to Washington at the Pleasantville Recreation Department, 400 W. Brighton Ave., Pleasantville.
The girls are rated on their performances during the interview, talent, swimwear, evening gown and overall portions of the pageant, the treasurer said.
When someone approaches Washington with doubts about entering the pageant, she encourages the girls to go for it, she said.
“I remember the few times that I thought a girl didn’t have a chance, and she ended up placing in the top three,” Washington said.
That’s because each girl may have abilities that she never developed or discovered until deciding to join the pageant, she said.
“We have people that come in here and work with the girls,” she explained. “We help them prepare. You’ll be surprised how much they gain in confidence with the help of their mentors.”
But there is more to the pageant than just learning how to perform during the actual night of the event, Washington said.
“They learn social graces, teamwork, public speaking. The girls learn a lot of positive things.”
She said they also learn how to dress for success, how to prepare for a job interview and how to be interviewed.
For more information call Washington at the PleasantvilleRecreationCenter, (609) 484-3608.
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