Cassville hosts inaugural pageant

Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Jayden Capps, 8, daughter of Mike and Shelly Capps, does a jazz dance for the talent division of the competition. Capps won the Petite Miss division and will be competing for Little Miss Missouri in July. Kayla Monahan/

Girls featured poise and talent in evening wear

The inaugural Miss Cassville 2014 Pageant was held Saturday at Cassville school in the FEMA Event Center as a preliminary to the Misses of Missouri.

The winners and first runner-up of the pageant get to attend the Misses of Missouri Pageant in Mexico, Mo. during the last weekend of July.

Madison Horner, crowns the winner of the Young Miss division, Faith Correia, 9, daughter of Michael and Katie Correia. Horner was the winner of the Miss Southern Missouri Outstanding Teen pageant and the co-announcer of the Miss Cassville pageant with her father, Jon Horner. Correia said her favorite thing was going to church on Sunday with her whole family. Pictured, from left, are Whitney Beck, Kailyn Speer, Horner and Correia. Kayla Monahan/

"I thought the pageant was a beautiful mixture of talent and fun," said Marissa Allen, teacher at Exeter R-6 School and judge of the competition. "Watching those little girls walk across the stage like they owned the world was inspiring."

The girls paid $20 to participate in the event, which featured them in evening wear. They answered a question asked by Madison Horner, who won the Miss Southern Missouri Outstanding Teen pageant and will be competing for the Miss Missouri Outstanding Teen in June.

Assistant Director Paula Rawling's daughter competed in the pageant and won first in talent and runner-up in the Young Miss Division.

Krysta Rawlings, 11, daughter of Patrick and Paula Rawlings, sings "Home" by Phillip Phillips. Rawlings was the winner of the talent division, and first runner-up in the Young Miss division. She will be competing for Little Miss Missouri in July. Kayla Monahan/

"I have seen her gain confidence over the last three years of doing pageants," Rawlings said. "And when she goes to the pageants, she makes friends from all over Missouri."

The pageant had six divisions. Toddler, 13 months to 3 years old; Little Miss, 4-6 years old; Petite Miss, 7-8 years old; Young Miss, 9-11-years-old; Junior Miss, sixth through eighth grade; Miss Cassville, 9th-12th grade.

Paislee Shumaker won Toddler Miss, and Lyndsie Vanderhoff was first runner-up. Tyra Sturgell won Little Miss, and Whitney Beck was first runner-up. Jayden Capps won Petite Miss, and Zoe Arndt was first runner-up. Faith Correia won Young Miss, and Krysta Rawlings was first runner-up. Sarah Shumaker won Junior Miss. Audra Shumaker won Miss Cassville. Whitney Beck won the photogenic division, and Krysta Rawlings won the talent division, in which the girls could choose to participate.

View 1 comment
Note: The nature of the Internet makes it impractical for our staff to review every comment. Please note that those who post comments on this website may do so using a screen name, which may or may not reflect a website user's actual name. Readers should be careful not to assign comments to real people who may have names similar to screen names. Refrain from obscenity in your comments, and to keep discussions civil, don't say anything in a way your grandmother would be ashamed to read.
  • In the picture above that shows the girls on the stage, the girl in the pink dress is Lyndsie VanDerhoef, not Kailyn Speer.

    -- Posted by Leilani on Wed, Apr 2, 2014, at 7:57 PM
Respond to this story

Posting a comment requires free registration: