Minden Press-Herald

Oct 01st

Local Beauties vie for Crown

Editors Note: Updated from print edtion to include correct dates.

Pageant to be held June 28 thru 30 in Shreveport

Five of the 19 contestants vying for a crown in the Miss Teen Princess Louisiana Pageant next weekend are from Webster Parish.

Competing for the Teen Princess crown along with three others will be Elizabeth Marie Wise, Tristan Nichole Starkey and Taylor Paige Smith.

Wise carries the title of Minden Teen Princess and she is the daughter of Scotty and Marie Wise of Minden.

Starkey is Germantown Teen Princess and is the daughter of Richard and Miann Starkey and Shantell Shoemaker, all of Minden.

Smith carries the title of Corney Creek Teen Princess and her parents are Mel and Tracy Smith of Minden.

Jordan Marie Lary will compete with six other young ladies vying for the Junior Princess crown while Madelyn Lee Bethea is one of six competing for the Pre-Teen Princess crown.

Lary carries the title of Minden Fair Junior Teen Princess and her parents are Gil and Paula Lary of Dubberly while Bethea carries the title of Germantown Pre-Teen Princess and her parents are Sam and Sallie Bethea of Minden.

According to Shelly Price, event secretary, this is a pageant geared toward a contestant as a "whole" individual not just for her looks.

"This is a scholarship pageant and we do give academic awards, as well," Price said.

"So we really focus on not the glamour so much as the wholesomeness and the community service."

The pageant organization requires each contestant choose a cause that is significant to her, which she supports through community service.

Each contestant will have an opportunity to win the community service award along with additional awards.

The winner of the Miss Teen Princess Louisiana crown will use her title to address community and civic organizations throughout the state regarding her community service issue.

The areas of competition for the contestants include: personal interview, which will count for 35 percent of the total score; evening wear, for 25 percent of the total score; lifestyle and fitness, 15 percent of the total score; on-stage question, 15 percent of total score; and casual wear, which will count for 10 percent of a contestant's total score.

Also participating in the pageant will be four Webster Parish girls who have been selected for the Petite Princess Mentoring Program.

Girls between the ages of five and 10 are paired with a pageant contestant and will model on-stage with that contestant during the formal wear phase of competition. The Petite Princesses will also be presented in a production number of their very own.

Alison Elizabeth Martin is the Petite Princess for Jordan Lary. Her parents are Scott and Michelle Martin of Minden.

Frances Marie Robinson and Clara Margaret Robinson will be presented with Elizabeth Wise. Their parents are Justin and Haley Robinson of Minden.

Sandra Lillian (Lilly) Williams is the Petite Princess of Tristan Starkey. Her parent is Mary Williams and grandmother is Louise Chandler of Heflin.

Contestants will have rehearsals all day on Thursday and attend a dinner to get to know everybody Thursday evening. They will have rehearsals again all day on Friday with preliminary competition beginning at 7 p.m.

Saturday morning, the girls will have their personal interviews with the judges and the finalists will be announced at 6 p.m.

The pageant will be held at the Shreveport Convention Center.

Tickets for next Friday night's events are $20 and Saturday night's events are $25. Tickets can be purchased at the door.






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