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Cinderella winners deserve applause

When a crafty Atlantic City hotelman decided in 1920 to stage what he hoped would be a spectacular – and profitable – fall festival, or “pageant” as he called it, the uniquely American tradition of judging a woman’s beauty – in a formal setting, at least – was born.
The hotelman’s promotional gimmick was to include a "National Beauty Tournament" on the beach to select "the most beautiful bathing beauty in America".
A local newsman, Herb Test, added the crowning – and lasting – touch when he announced, "Let’s call her ‘Miss America!’" Eastern newspaper editors were invited to run photo contests to pick winners to represent their communities at the new pageant.
And the race was on.
That first year, eight contestants competed for the first Miss America title, and Margaret Gorman, who represented the nation’s capital as Miss Washington D.C., won the first Miss America title. It helped, they say, that the 16-year-old schoolgirl was a dead ringer for reigning matinee superstar, Mary Pickford.
For decades after that first contest, beauty pageants grew in popularity and were so well received that during their hay-day, pageants were the most watched televised programs ever. While the popularity of such contests has waned in the last decade or two, hundreds of thousands of young women – and young men – continue to participate in the pageant system as a way to showcase their talent and earn much-needed scholarship money.
Our community played host to one of the best of these pageants recently as more than 40 contestants gathered at Ennis Intermediate School to vie for the privilege of representing Ellis County at the 2007 Texas State Cinderella finals in June. The winners of this local contest will move on to the next level to compete for scholarships.
We are proud of the hard work and dedication of all of this year’s participants and want to honor our winners: Corinne Terry, Cinderella Tot; Faith Jones, Cinderella Miniature Miss; Tara Clem, Cinderella Miss and Morgan Nichols, Cinderella Teen; Alexandra McDonnell, Cinderella Infant; Parker Reese, Cinderella Baby; McKenna Stracener, Cinderella Tiny Tot; Jacob Scarbrough, Baby Prince Charming; and Jesse Diaz, Prince Charming.
All the young men and women who participated, and the organizers, families, volunteers and judges are to be commended for their devotion to this event and we want to wish all our winners good luck as they move to the next level of competition.

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