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Statum competes for the Miss Jr. Teen Title

Special to The Leader

Gabriel Statum, of Deweyville, was recently selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Jr. Teen pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, February 21, 2016. Gabriel learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviewing in the local Houston area. Gabriel submitted an application and took part in an interview session that was conducted by this year’s Houston Pageant Coordinator.

Gabriel will be competing for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Gabriel will be competing in the Miss Jr. Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 through 19 competing in modeling routines, which include Casual Wear and Formal Wear. Most importantly, Gabriel will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Gabriel were to win the title of Miss Jr. Teen, she would represent Houston and the surrounding communities at the National Competition that will take place in Orlando, Florida. Over $30,000.00 in prizes and awards will be presented at the National Competition while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Gabriel in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Gabriel to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Gabriel may contact the Miss Jr. Teen pageant coordinator, at 1-877-403-6678.

Gabriel is a freshman at Deweyville High School and a member of the youth group at Deweyville First Baptist. She is the daughter of Jeremy and Lacey Johnson.