Cassville hosts inaugural pageant
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.
"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.
"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.