By Denise DuBois
Throughout Saturday, young women will be blow drying, curling and spraying their hair, donning sky high heels and keeping informed of world news as they prepare to walk the stage at Chattahoochee Valley Community College’s IPAC Center in the annual Miss Phenix City Scholarship Pageant.
The ladies will compete in phases of competition where they have had to prepare a 90-second stage talent and make sure they are familiar with current events as they talk to judges during interview and on-stage questions throughout the evening.
Pageant Director Gina Harper has been part of the program for many, many years and said talent is her favorite part of the competition.
“I think talent is what sets us apart from every body else. I think the arts are going away, so to be able to see ladies willing to develop their personal goals and dreams through the arts is a big deal. I know athletics has become such a huge goal, and there’s nothing wrong with that, but I don’t want to see the arts die,” Harper said.
Harper has a background in student ministry and that’s one of the main reasons she and her team continues to produce this pageant. “I have a real love for high school students and college students and this is a way to continue investing in the lives of these young ladies. It’s an extension of ministry,” she said.
Judges will crown a Miss Phenix City and a Miss Phenix City’s Outstanding Teen. Ladies will receive scholarship awards and represent the community at the Miss Alabama Pageant next year.
In addition, the young women will also develop a platform that is dear to them, where they are able to raise awareness and engage the community.
The pageant starts at 6 p.m. ET. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Children ages three and under are in free.