Applications are being accepted for the annual Miss Texas County program.

A preliminary to the Miss America Pageant, the pageant is Sept. 20 in Houston. The Miss Texas County (MTC) program provides college scholarships to area young women on the basis of scholarship, service, style and success. The six Texas County title divisions are open to any eligible young lady ages 3 to 24 years. Contestants and title winners alike can qualify for many awards and scholarship opportunities both within and outside the pageant organization.

“We are a licensed franchise of Miss America and Miss Missouri,” said director Shari McCallister, “so the benefits to these girls and the connections our contestants can make are endless.”

The all-volunteer MTC program boasts three Miss Missouri top 10 finalists, including Miss Texas County 2012, Shelby Ringdahl, who was crowned Miss Missouri 2013.  

In the last 13 years, many Texas County titleholders have reached achievements of state and national recognition in the form of awards for volunteer service, scholarship achievements, talent and swimsuit competition. In June, Miss Texas County Mackenzie Mattix competed at the state level and was honored with the “Newcomer” Scholarship and awarded a non finalist talent winner. Miss Texas County’s Outstanding Teen, Alexis Fuwell, also competed on the state level.

New this year for the little girls show is a “people’s choice” award.

“We are all about the girls,” said McCallister, “helping them see their unique qualities and watching them grow in confidence is our greatest success.”

Applications can be submitted until Sept. 8.  Entry fees start at $45 for ages 3-12 and $50  for ages 13-17. Contestants age 18-24 are required to solicit sponsorships benefiting Children’s Miracle Network totaling $100.

To sign up, contact Shari McCallister at 417-967-3705 or email dlflorist@yahoo.com. More information is also available at www.misstexascountypageant.com.

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