ST. GEORGE – The Miss St. George pageant 2012 is taking off with the theme, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” It is searching for an academically advanced, talented and driven young woman worthy of a college scholarship, who will be crowned on April 28 at the St. George Opera House.
This year, Jill Bailey will lead the event for the first time. “As the new director, I have aggressive goals for what I think the pageant should be, what it has to offer the young women in our community and what they can do to show pride and involvement in our great city,” she said. “Taking part in the pageant is a great learning experience for these girls.” Participants acquire leadership skills and poise as well as community service.
Bailey stressed that the event is about more than outer beauty. The ideal candidate is an intelligent, hardworking girl who can be dedicated to the duties of holding one of the pageant’s four titles. Volunteer service and a willingness to better the community are a must.
Nine contestants are already signed up and Bailey says there is room for more. Those vying for status on the new court may take inspiration from the young women who have served the past year.
Pageant royalty 2011
Miss St. George 2011 is Callen Crenshaw, currently a freshman at the University of Utah. After participating in the pageant, she graduated from Snow Canyon High School as National Honor Society President and a Music Sterling Scholar. She is also an accomplished violinist who performs with the Utah Symphony and contributed to the building of a Miss Saint George parade float last year.
The current 1st attendant is Baylee Hogan, a junior at Dixie High School. She serves as captain of her school’s volleyball team and is a singer, painter and classically trained pianist. Her other talents include being fluent in American Sign Language and performing musical theater.
Jocelyn Jones was awarded 2nd attendant but was forced to resign her position due to scheduling conflicts.
Miss Spirit 2011 is Emily Wilson. In the 9th grade, she serves on the Desert Hills Middle School student council and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society. She has volunteered at many community events, most notably the Washington County Fair.
Scholarship funds needed
Though the City of St. George provides $1,000 towards the expense of the pageant, it is not funding scholarships.
Bailey and her staff are seeking donations to help fund scholarships for the royalty and to help fund the building of the annual float.
“We make it easy for them,” Bailey said. “We have a donate button on our website or they can get a hold of me and I will pick up a check, etc. In return we will not only give them publicity but the girls are available to help any business in the community on a volunteer basis whether it be a Meet & Greet for a grand opening, handing out fliers, greeting customers, filling sand bags or whatever the City might need.”
Applications and Workshops
Applications are open to all female St. George residents between the ages of 14 and 18 and can be submitted online. The deadline is April 12, though workshops will begin on April 5 and continue every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. until pageant night.
The main event will be held on April 28 starting at 7 p.m. at the St. George Opera House.
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