Miss El Cajon, Miss Rancho San Diego 2013 pageants accepting applications

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With an emphasis on community service and scholarship, women and young ladies ages 10-24 are encouraged to apply as contestants for the 2013 Miss El Cajon series of pageants.

Along with the title of Miss El Cajon, divisions are being held for Miss Teen El Cajon, Miss Junior Teen El Cajon, plus three similar winners in the Miss Rancho San Diego scholarship pageants.

Event organizers offer a rewarding experience and an opportunity to represent the community to dozens of events, including both public and private events, including the annual Mother Goose Parade.

With an emphasis on community service and scholarship, women and young ladies ages 10-24 are encouraged to apply as contestants for the 2013 Miss El Cajon series of pageants.

Along with the title of Miss El Cajon, divisions are being held for Miss Teen El Cajon, Miss Junior Teen El Cajon, plus three similar winners in the Miss Rancho San Diego scholarship pageants.

Event organizers offer a rewarding experience and an opportunity to represent the community to dozens of events, including both public and private events, including the annual Mother Goose Parade.

Plus, winners will receive college scholarships.   “We believe that in order to become a strong leader, a young woman must be a well rounded individual; challenging herself scholastically, be poised, and be comfortable with who she is,” said Billie Sangster, who took over as pageant director in 2011. “She must be willing to take that extra step, to go that extra mile without worrying about failing, because it’s through failing where we learn to be successful.” “She must also possess a strong desire to serve her neighbors and positively effect the world around her.”

Contestants are judged on a personal interview, evening gown, poise and personality — there are no swimsuit or talent competitions. Entrants must be residents of El Cajon, or attend Grossmont College, Cuyamaca College, San Diego Christian College or San Diego State University.

There is no entry fee. An orientation and first rehearsal is scheduled for Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 beginning at 1 p.m., at Kennedy Recreation Center, located across the street from Granite Hills High School at 1675 East Madison Avenue.

“In the spirit of competition, she must be confidant yet gracious,” added Sangster. “We believe involvement in community service provides not only these avenues, but an environment that fosters understanding, personal growth and fulfillment, and an active spirit of compassion. Community participation should be encouraged.” she added.

For further information, or for an application, visit the pageant’s Facebook page, or call (619) 368-6948, or e-mail the organization, at misselcajon@cox.net. The pageants are slated for March 2, at 4 p.m. at Cuyamaca College Theater. The reigning court includes Stephanie Schauer (Miss El Cajon), Amy Endicott (Miss Teen El Cajon), and Kaylie York (Miss Junior Teen El Cajon), along with Shannon Monaghan (Miss Rancho San Diego), Hannah Elliott (Miss Teen Rancho San Diego), and Elise Butsko (Miss Junior Teen Rancho San Diego).. There are also similar pageants in other East County cities, including Miss La Mesa. For information on the latter, phone (619-698-4163) or visit their website at MissLaMesaPageant@yahoo.com.