This Akron-Westfield sixth grader loves dancing, playing the trumpet and riding her bike.
But Shelby Kunkel, daughter of James and Penny Fannon of Chatsworth, also loves fixing her hair and trying on makeup, playing with friends and family members, and helping others.
The 12-year-old has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Iowa Pageant, which will be held May 3 – 4 at the Ramada Inn in Waterloo.
The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4 – 18 and have five different age divisions. Kunkel will be participating in the Pre-Teen Division, along with other outstanding girls from across the state.
The winner of he pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where she will receive an exciting complimentary tour of Hollywood and two Very Important Person (VIP) tickets to Disneyland.
The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with lifelong skills. Each year the pageant national awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes, which include a new Ford Mustang Convertible.
All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls, under age 12, are not allowed to wear makeup and there is no swimsuit competition. The Pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship as well as setting and achieving personal goals.
Kunkel is sponsored by family and friends and The Akron Hometowner. Others wishing to help make Kunkel’s goals come true may contact her mother, Penny, at 712-422-0101.
People interested in learning more about this youth program, may visit www.namiss.com.