MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. – A 12-year-old Mount Vernon resident will represent the city this summer at the National American Miss New York Pageant.
Rasheda Wallace has been chosen as a state finalist for the competition, which will be held on Aug. 10 and 11 at the Westchester Marriott Hotel in Tarrytown.
The state-wide American Miss competition is broken up into five categories, each grouped by age. Wallace will compete against other pageant queens in the “Miss New York Pre-Teen” division for girls ages 10 through 12.
An experienced panel of judges will score participants in three competitions, each worth 30 percent of the final score. Every contestant is required to model their finest formal wear, publically introduce themselves to the audience and judges and interview with the judges one-on-one.
The final 10 percent of the pageant final score will be awarded to contestants that participate in the Pageant Weekend Community Involvement Project, which seeks donations that can be provided to children in need. At the event, the contestants will present their donations to representatives from local libraries, literacy programs, firefighters and police officials to aid in their work with children.
Pageant winners will represent their state for the following year, until they crown their successor at next year’s event. They will also receive a daytrip to visit the governor, will make an appearance with local sports teams, speak at the state fair and participate in a myriad of parades.
Other prizes up for grabs include a $1,000 cash prize, the official state crown and banner, a trip to Hollywood, travel opportunities and modeling scholarships.
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