Purdy student selected for state pageant

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Purdy Middle School seventh grade student Amber Holm has been selected as a state finalist for the National American Miss pageant. Amber, who is the daughter of, Cindy Holm, of Purdy, and the late Gordon Holm, will compete in the pre-teen division at the pageant in Columbia Aug. 9 and 10.

Students are selected for the pageant based on their performance in dance or cheerleading, their academic history or a recommendation by a teacher. Earlier this month, Amber received a letter notifying her that she had been selected for the preliminary round of the pageant, which included an interview by a panel in Joplin.

"They asked me what I like to do on Saturdays, what my favorite kind of music is, what the last song I listened to was and what FBLA was," said Amber.

On May 10, Amber was notified that she had been selected to take part in the state pageant, which will include formal attire, business attire and public speaking competitions. Amber plans to begin training for the pageant in June.

The winner of the state pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, air transportation to compete in the national pageant in Columbia, a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland. The winner of the national pageant will receive $5,000 along with the national crown and banner.

"Modeling is something I have always wanted to do," said Amber. "This could provide me with a modeling scholarship. I'm very excited about everything about the pageant."

Amber is active in volleyball and band at Purdy Middle School and her church, Purdy First Baptist.

"I'm excited for her," said Cindy. "I'm tickled that somebody thought enough of her to nominate her for this. I just wish her dad was here to see her."

Amber is currently collecting sponsors and donations for training and preparation for the state pageant. Donation jars have been placed at several local businesses. Contributions can also be mailed to Amber Holm, 6731 Farm Road 2095 Purdy, MO 65734.

According to a press release issued by National American Miss, all pageant activities and competitions are kept age appropriate, which means no swimsuit competition is included and girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up.

"The pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an all-American spirit of fun for family and friends," states the release. "Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for her future."

For more information, call Cindy Holm at 417-442-9346.

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