By James Bennett
The Miss Cabarrus County Scholarship Committee is seeking contestants for this year’s pageants Saturday, Nov. 1, in the Mount Pleasant High School auditorium.
Miss Cabarrus County and Miss Cabarrus County’s Outstanding Teen are local qualifiers for Miss America and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen.
“The Miss America Organization is one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women,” Executive Director Deanna Barnhardt said in a letter to potential contestants. “Our Miss Cabarrus County pageant gives contestants the opportunity to experience the spirit of competition and personal growth, along with giving them a sense of personal pride and accomplishment that comes with community service.”
Amanda Sowards was crowned Miss Cabarrus County for 2008 at last year’s pageant. Chastity Chapman was chosen Miss Cabarrus County Outstanding Teen.
The Miss Cabarrus pageant is open to women who live, work or attend school in Cabarrus and Rowan counties. Women who are age 17 (at least a high school senior) and no older than 24 on Dec. 31, 2009, are eligible to compete.
Both pageants will be Nov. 1, with winners advancing to compete in Raleigh for state titles in June 2009.
The Miss Cabarrus County pageant will include five areas of competition: private interview; lifestyle & fitness in swimsuit; talent; evening wear and on-stage question.
There is no entry fee for Miss Cabarrus County.
The Outstanding Teen pageant is for girls 13-17. The entry fee is $150.
A reception to honor 2008 Miss North Carolina Amanda Watson and contestants in Miss Cabarrus County, Cabarrus County Outstanding Teen and Youth Division pageants will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at Cabarrus Country Club, 3247 Weddington Road, Concord.
The deadline for contestants to submit photos and paperwork for the pageants is Oct. 19.