Many local ladies are getting ready for the Miss Muskingum Valley Pageant.
Twenty-seven women attended the Miss Muskingum Valley Scholarship Program Forum Saturday. Organizers with the pageant took the girls through a mock-interview similar to the interview the contestants will have on the day of the pageant.
"They go into a room where it is set up like an interview session and there are judges in there, mock judges again, and they go through a sitting with them of how the interview will be conducted. We have a talent room where they can preview their talent and make suggestions," says Stina McKendry the Executive Director of Miss Muskingum Valley.
New this year to Miss Muskingum Valley is an Outstanding Teen program. All participants must be Muskingum County residents between the ages of 13 and 17. Kylie Johnson is one of the contestants and was Miss Southeastern Ohio in 2008 and Miss Northeastern Ohio in 2009. Even though she is experienced with pageants, she says it never hurts to receive constructive criticism.
"It was just really helpful to have a lot of positive feedback about what we were doing, constructive criticism is always a really big plus when you are doing these things. It helps you prepare and it helps you feel confident with the presentation you are going to put on," says Johnson.
The Miss Muskingum Valley Pageant is March 5th and 6th at Secrest Auditorium. The winner will go on to compete in the Miss Ohio Competition in June. Stina McKendry says pageants teach young women interview skills and how to be a role-model in the community.