Ten-year-old Pine Forest Elementary student Rachel Dishongh will be going to the finals for the National American Miss Texas pageant June 16 and 17. Held at the Intercontinental Hotel in Houston, the pageant bills itself as being for “today’s girls and tomorrow’s leaders,” and is open for all girls ages 4 to 18. Dishongh will be competing in the preteen division, against other girls ages 10 to 12. The pageant is a competition of “inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation,” and serves to provide “an all-American spirit of fun for family and friends. The pageant is designed to promote self-confidence in the contestants and encourage them to learn new skills, good sportsmanship, and how to set and achieve goals for themselves. The winner of the pageant earns the traditional crown, sash and bouquet, but will also receive a $1,000 prize and a flight to Disneyland in California, where she will compete in the national competition. Dishongh will be competing against many other girls for the title of Miss Texas. Aside from being a student of Pine Forest, Dishongh will also be representing herself as a member of the Go Green Club, the Ecobots (an activity club that encourages environmental awareness as well as promoting several important learning and thinking skills), and the school Honor Choir. She is being sponsored in the pageant by several local businesses, including Jerry Winchester D.D.S, Nelson Architectural Engineers and Carlos Diaz Insurance. For more information, visit www.namiss.com or call 281-496-9000.

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