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April 5, 2014

Little Cypress Junior High student named finalist in pageant

LITTLE CYPRESS — A local junior high student is pursuing her dreams one step at a time.

Haleigh Stark, an eighth grade student at Little Cypress Junior High, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant, which will be held Sunday, June 15 and Monday, June 16, in Houston. The pageant is for girls ages 13 through 15.

Haleigh, 14, is the daughter of Andy and Amanda Stark. She is also an active teenager in numerous school and personal activities. She has served at a student council member for three years at Little Cypress Junior High and was recently selected to be a freshman cheerleader at Little Cypress-Mauriceville High School.

She has five years experience in dance at the Lorna Badon School of Fine Arts, and enjoys a variety of sports such as running track and cross country, swimming, fishing and tumbling, plus being part of theatre arts and Christian Community youth.

According to a press release, the winner of the title of Miss Junior Teen Texas will receive a cash award of $1,000, along with the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to California to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland.

Haleigh will compete with contestants from across the state in four categories, including formal wear modeling, personal introduction, interview and community service project.

The pageant awards thousands of dollars in scholarships and prizes annually in an effort to recognize and assist young ladies across the country.

The National American Miss Pageant system is reportedly the largest in the U.S. It focus is to create future leaders while equipping them with real-world skills to help make their dreams become a reality.

All activities are age-appropriate and suitable for the whole family. Visit www.namiss.com for more information.

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