Students in Joshua and Burleson ISDs can now apply to compete in the 2020 Miss Joshua Scholarship Competition in February. 

The pageant is the first local preliminary competition in Joshua for the Miss Texas and Miss America scholarship organizations, Executive Director Amanda Jolley said. 

The Miss Texas Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to outstanding young women to help advance them academically and professionally, according to its website. Participants have gone on to achieve major success in diverse fields including medicine, law, business, broadcast journalism, theater, politics, literature and more.

“It’s quite a process that competitors go through — even at the preliminary level — to win a local title,” Jolley said. “They must first apply by submitting all the necessary local and state paperwork, including headshots, a detailed resume and a ‘Social Impact Initiative’ essay, explaining what platform they are passionate about and how they plan to bring awareness to that particular initiative and make a difference in their community.”

The girls must maintain a high GPA, be available to make appearances, share their platform and be involved with their local community, she said.

“On the day of the actual pageant, candidates have a 10 minute private interview, which takes place off stage,” she said. “Then the on-stage judged areas of competition include talent, evening gown, on-stage interview and for the teen candidates, a lifestyle and fitness routine. It’s very much like what you’d see when watching the Miss America pageant on TV.”

When she and her family lived in North Dakota, one of their good friends was the executive director of the organization and her daughter became involved with pageants there.

“She was lucky enough to be paired with Cara Mund, Miss America 2018, in the ‘little sister program,’” she said. “We remained close friends with her and she even came to Texas during her reign as Miss America to visit my daughter and speak at her school. 

“Seeing what a positive and empowering impact the Miss America Organization has on a young woman’s confidence, ability to speak in public, interview skills, ability to make new and lasting friendships and so much more, we wanted to bring that same positive experience to Joshua.”

It’s also a way for the girls to compete for scholarships, she said.

“The Miss America Organization is one of the largest providers of scholarships for women in the country,” she said.   

The eligibility requirements for the Miss Joshua competition are for girls ages 13 to 17 for Miss Joshua’s Outstanding Teen and ages 18 to 25 for Miss Joshua and must as attend Joshua and Burleson ISDs, attend college or work a full-time job within 25 miles of Joshua or Burleson.

The pageant is at 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at the Hamptom Inn & Suites Fort Worth — Burleson, 13251 Jake Ct. Shortly after the competition, the Joshua Area Chamber of Commerce will host a meet and greet with the two winners. 

To apply or for more information, email missjoshuaorg@gmail.com. For the Miss division, no entry fee is required but each contestant must raise a minimum of $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals by visiting missamericaforkids.org.  

For information about the Miss Texas Scholarship Organization, visit misstexas.org.

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