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Van Schaick chosen as State Finalist

Ava Paloma Van Schaick, 13, of Versailles, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Kentucky Pageant to be held Aug. 31-Sept. 2 at the Marriott Cool Springs in Franklin, Tenn. The pageant is held for girls ages 13 to 15. She is the daughter of John and Amy Van Schaick.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $l,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland® in California. Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen, in five age groups.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented.

Families interested in learning more about this unique and outstanding youth program may visit www.namiss.com.

The National American Miss pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders.” The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.

Miss Van Schaick’s activities include showing dogs, horseback riding, reading, swimming and preparing for advanced studies in high school.

She also enjoys playing the violin, helping her father with polo and volunteering to help with the Lighthouse Ministries’ annual Christmas party benefit. Ava is currently looking for sponsors.

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