Beauty pageant raising money for local high school PTSO
When Sun Valley High School Principal Janice Burns approached former Cheering Commissioner Tammie Phillips with the idea of a staging a beauty pageant as a fundraiser for the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, Phillips was excited.
“Nothing like this has ever been done before in our school system,” Phillips said, and she had not pageant experience herself.
But she called her skills promoting cheering, including a community service Troop Day, and began organizing the Little Miss Sun Valley Pageant. Children 7 to 14 years old who attend Sun Valley High School feeder schools may compete.
She got help from Charlene Summerfield, another former cheer commissioner with 13 years of pageant experience as a director in Virginia and a parent, and the 2011 Little Miss Sun Valley Pageant will take place Feb. 26 at 2 p.m. at the high school.
Katherine Elizabeth Southard, 2009 Miss North Carolina, will emcee, and the event should be exciting, Phillips said.
Tickets are just $5, and children 3 and younger get in free.
Summerfield’s now 12-year-old daughter competed for nine years, traveling to pageants around the country before switching to competitive cheerleading. The VH1 network even featured her on the “Little Beauties” television show years ago.
“She still begs to go back to pageants,” Summerfield said.
Unlike the self-described “high glitz” pageants in which Summerfield’s daughter participated, Little Miss Sun Valley is a “natural pageant,” which means contestants should look their age, with judges instructed to look for the “girl next door” in Beauty and Casual Wear categories.
The judges also will select winners in three optional categories: Talent, Most Photogenic, and Best Eyes, Hair and Smile.
While winners of high-glitz pageants walk away with a crown, Summerfield said the experience will not end there for the child who ultimately wears the Little Miss Sun Valley crown. Little Miss Sun Valley will represent the Indian Trail school at events like Sun Valley’s Homecoming and various community-service events through the year.
Also different is the fee. While other area pageants charge participants upwards of $250, the Sun Valley Pageant costs a mere $75, with an additional $25 to compete in the Talent category and an additional $10 for Most Photogenic and Best Eyes, Hair and Smile.
Parents interested in their child competing in any of the four age divisions should attend the informational parent meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Sun Valley High cafeteria.
Pageant details, including pricing, an outline of the day’s events, as well as category requirements, are available via the Sun Valley High website, www.svhs.ucps.k12.nc.us. Contestant Entry Packets are also available at this site, and the deadline for entering is February 8.
Want to compete?
Parents interested in their child competing in any of the four age divisions in the first Little Miss Sun Valley pageant should attend an informational meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18, in the Sun Valley High School cafeteria. Find more information online at www.svhs.ucps.k12.nc.us.