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home : insight & opinion : staff columns July 3, 2020

4/9/2004 4:17:00 PM Email this articlePrint this article 
Local 'idols' are in short supply

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“Wanted: young women ages 16 to 25 to compete in local pageant. Contestants will be required to dress in business attire and be interviewed by a panel of judges. Contestants will be required to display some form of talent, such as music, dance, vocal, dramatic interpretation, etc. Contestants will be required to display their physical fitness by modeling a swimsuit. Contestants will also be judged for poise and stage presence by answering a question while dressed in an evening gown. Winners will receive a crown, scholarship, and a chance to compete at the state and national level for the title of Miss America.”

Seeing an ad like this in the local paper is like the answer to a prayer for every girl who ever dreamed of becoming “Miss America.” It instantly revives images of having that sparkling crown placed upon her head, then walking down the runway waving to everyone with tears of joy falling upon the bouquet of roses, all while “There She Is” is being sung in the background.

Last month three area girls took a major step towards achieving that dream by competing in the Miss Robinson/Miss Lincoln Trail pageant held at Robinson High School.

The pageant is a qualifier for Miss Illinois, who goes on to compete for Miss America. Two years ago Erika Harold from Champaign won the Miss America crown.

Each local pageant must have a certain number of girls competing, and while there are more than enough intelligent, talented, and beautiful young women in Crawford County to fill any contest, only two chose to participate. The Miss Robinson/LT pageant is currently open to any girl whose permanent address is within Illinois.

Just like the people who show horses, race cars or motorcycles, compete in amateur sports, or pull tractors, travel in hopes of winning a prize, so do many of the girls who compete in these pageants.

It is discouraging, considering Amercia’s fascination with reality television shows, that more young women from Crawford County did not take the opportunity to become a real “American Idol.”

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