by Lisa Pecchenino
Big things come in small packages, as you will see with Olivia Strickland. Given only two weeks to prepare for an event she had never even considered before she took home the prize. When one of the Junior Miss participants had to drop out, Olivia was asked to take her place. The modest Olivia stepped up to the challenge thinking it might be fun.
Her essay on ‘Why Education is important To Me’, impressed the Judges, not to mention her poise, and ability to hold a conversation with confidence made her the shoe-in for this years Miss Junior High 2014, walking away with the sash and crowned as Miss Junior High Idaho.
Miss Junior High School pageants, in some states also called Miss Middle School pageants, are beauty contests for teens from ages 12 to 14. The event can be arranged by a school or by a private professional pageant operator. In many circumstances the pageants offer cash prizes or scholarships to the winners, and the competition can be fierce.
Miss Junior’s compete in writing an essay, answering individual questions asked by five different the judges and are judged on Posture, Poise, Makeup, Hair and the Dress.
Walking straight with your head held high is just one of the things required. Junior Miss pageants allow makeup but suggests a moderate approach and the dress itself is the most important aspect of the pageant. Not the dress itself exactly but the way it is worn it what makes it special. Choosing a dress that is age-appropriate.
“I only like modest dresses, I think it’s important to dress age appropriate and not show a lot of skin. It’s a choice I made and will stand by.” Olivia stated.
There’re are no bathing suits or talent required at this age, however, I have no doubts Olivia would step up to the challenge.
The Miss High School, Junior High School and Collegiate America Pageant competition exists for the purpose of providing personal and professional opportunities for young women. Their goal is to provide outstanding high school, junior high and collegiate girls the opportunity to compete in a pageant system that has the highest of moral values.
Olivia’s platform is raising awareness about bullying by sharing the CARES (Creating A Respectful Environment In Schools) program statewide. She aims to talk with schools, parents, and teachers to educate them on how to respond to bullying in a healthy way. She hopes this will help unite our communities together and overall lower any kind of crimes associate with bullying.
“The four points that are important and close to my heart are, be helpful not hurtful, don’t be a bully, don’t be a by stander and go comfort fellow students that are lonely.” She sheared.
Olivia is a well-rounded young lady knowing what she wants and making plans to achieve her goals.
Her accomplishes include holding third place out of 80 in tennis, playing the flute, has a 3.9 GPA. Loves sewing and photography, played the singing lead in ‘Emma’ at the Nampa Civic Center and plans to go to college to become a pediatric nurse.
Olivia’s motto, “Stay courageous and confident in yourself.”
She wishes to compete for a $10,000 scholarship at nationals this July.
“I would love to go to nationals and on to Miss World”, she said, “I think it would be a great opportunity and a lot of fun.”
Her mentor Julia Melchin, former Miss Idaho, has volunteered to take Olivia under her wing she is so confident in her abilities.
Miss Junior Olivia will make several appearances and perform her duties as required of a Miss Junior, as well as making several appearances to speak on bulling and what can be done to prevent it. Her first stop was the Kuna City Council meeting. She will be speaking at her own middle school, and appearing on Channel 7 News soon, I hear there’re is a surprise guest.
If you would like to help Olivia with this great opportunity, she will be holding a silent and live auction on line in May. Anyone who would like to donate services or product please contact her on Facebook at 2014 Miss Idaho Jr. Olivia Strickland’s Online Fundraiser Event or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org
Olivia would like to thank the following for giving her their support and encouragement, Rehab Authority, Summit Photography, Tran4mations, Everest Group and her Grandmother Carol Holland who made the perfect dresses.
For more information on how you can participate in the pageants contact Lauralyn Salinas at email@example.com or check it out on line at www.americashighschoolpageant.com.