Pageant candidate list still needs to grow

Applications for the Miss Ray County Scholarship Pageant are due by Feb. 21, 2009, and Executive Director Tara Gottschalk encourages girls, ages 17 (and a senior in high school) to 24, to consider entering.
Gottschalk said, “I’m pleased to have Chris Stigall from 710 Talk Radio Morning Show as our emcee for the pageant again this year. Also, we will have Shapes Dance and Acro’s Competition Team “ACT” performing too. The instructor is Tracy Wozny, and if you haven’t seen them perform; it’s absolutely wonderful.”
Michael Robinson also returns, to perform a song he has written. Robinson has been in many of the Ray County Community Arts Association musicals.
Pageants cannot materialize without the contestants and the audience, so Gottschalk hopes many county girls will want to compete, and encourages the community to stand behind them and come to the pageant at 7 p.m., March 21 at the Farris Theatre in Richmond.
“We would like to get the word out to not only the young ladies to compete, but to the community to come to the pageant. It really is wonderful entertainment, not to mention all the proceeds go to the young ladies’ scholarship given that evening. So, the more in attendance the better.” said Gottschalk.
With just 19 business days remaining to enter, only a few local young ladies have indicated their intent to compete. The pageant is hopeful that more will enter. Gottschalk has presented pageant information to schools in Richmond, Orrick and Lawson.
Miss Ray County 2008 Addie Duncan is scheduled for some appearances at Watkins Mill Division of Youth Services on Feb. 16 and at the Father/Daughter Dance held at the Richmond Middle School on Feb. 21.
There are many scholarship opportunities available, and the experience it takes to prepare oneself for a pageant, the personal presentation and interviewing skills are invaluable in everyday life.
For more information about the pageant and its rules, contact Tara Gottschalk at 816-853-5833.

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