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Miss Ellis County Pageant taking contestants

The Miss Teen Texas International Pageant is now accepting applications for the title of 2009 “Miss Teen Ellis County.”
If selected as Miss Teen Ellis County, the contestant will represent her area at the Miss Teen Texas Pageant. In addition, she will become an ambassador from the Ellis County area and receive an official title and sash.
The winner of Miss Teen Texas will receive a scholarship and prize package worth more than $15,000. She will also get the opportunity to compete in the 2009 Miss Teen International Pageant.
The Miss Teen Texas pageant began in 1985, and has established a precedent of maintaining high qualities ever since, said Kristin Koether, Director of Miss Teen Texas International. The pageant has a strong emphasis on tradition, and last year the event saw 40 girls competing in the pageant.
For the Miss Teen Ellis County competition, there were 20 applicants, Koether said.
The current titleholder for Miss Teen Texas is Hilary Elizondo from Corpus Christi. Elizondo is the national spokesperson for DoSomething.org, which provides teens the resources to convert their ideas and energy into positive action. As Miss Teen Texas, and in conjunction with DoSomething.org, Elizondo speaks to youth and teens about their power to make a difference. She looks to inspire a “generation of doers.”
The current titleholder for Miss Teen Ellis County is Corley Peel from Midlothian. Peel said the overall experience of competing in the pageant was a good one. It improved her people skills, and helped her get experience for a business interview.
“I thought being in the pageant made me a much more well rounded person,” Peel said. “It also helped me gain more confidence in myself.”
The 2009 Miss Teen Texas Pageant will take place March 20-22 at the Scottish Rite Auditorium in San Antonio.
Contestants will compete in four areas. There will be an interview, which will count for 40 percent of the contestant’s score. The contestant must have a platform about which to speak. The next area of competition is the evening gown, in which the contestant will be judged on grace, poise and elegance. This section counts as 20 percent of the contestant’s total score. Contestants will also be judged in fitness wear, which will also count 20 percent. The contestants will be evaluated on being physically fit, healthy and energetic. For the last 20 percent of the contestant’s score, she will be judged on her appearance in fun fashion wear. During this portion, the contestant may wear something of her choice, but the state office must approve it.
To be considered, applicants must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 13 and 18 by July 1 of 2009. They must also be of good health and moral character, be single and never have been married and never have given birth to a child. Contestants must never have been convicted of a felony.
The official charity of the Miss Teen Texas International Pageant is the American Heart Association. In 2008, the International Pageants joined the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement. Each state titleholder will champion heart disease as a national platform in addition to promoting her own platform throughout the year, Koether said.
Go Red for Women captures the energy, passion and intelligence of women, to work collectively to wipe out heart disease, the number one killer of women. Almost one in every three women will die from cardiovascular disease, while only one in 30 women will die from breast cancer. Go Red for Women’s passion is to unite women in the fight against cardiovascular disease, even at an early age. For more information about this movement, visit www.GoRedForWomen.org.
For information about Miss Teen Texas or to get an application, e-mail Kristin Koether at Kristin@TexasInternationalPageants.com or visit www.missteentexasinternational.com.

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