ST. CHARLES – Noelle Speers, 8, of North Aurora, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Illinois Pageant, which will take place Aug. 2 and 3 at Pheasant Run Resort in St. Charles.
The National American Miss pageants are for girls between the ages of 4 and 18; and are divided into five different age divisions.
Speers will be participating in the junior pre-teen – between 7 and 9 years old – age division, along with other girls from across the state.
The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 award, a crown, banner, bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California, where the winner will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland.
According to a news release, the National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills.
Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes, which also includes a Ford Mustang Convertible.
According to the release, activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls younger than the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition. Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, and goal-setting.
Families interested in learning more about the program may visit www.namiss.com.
Speers’ activities include gymnastics, soccer and figure skating.