MARLIN, Texas (KWTX) A local pageant started a decade ago to help give young women in more rural communities an opportunity to compete for scholarship money is celebrating its 10th year.
The Miss Central Texas Pageant in Marlin began in 2009 and has happened every year since with the most recent taking place over the weekend at the Marlin High School auditorium.
The pageant attracts girls from Falls, McLennan, Bell, Robertson and Limestone Counties.
“It has really grown,” said pageant director Stacy Curry. “It’s been really exciting.”
The girls participate in interviews and spirit wear and evening wear categories but organizers stress it is not a beauty pageant but more of an event to help the girls feel good about themselves while dolling out $2,500 in scholarship money.
“This is about scholarships and building up self-esteem,” Curry said. “We work on what’s on the inside and not the outside.”
The winner of the crown this year was Reisel High School senior Jacie Ehlers.
Jacie was presented with a crown, sash, roses and $1,000 Alpha Kappa Sigma scholarship by the group which sponsors the event.
First runner up Kendall Johnson of Bremond received a $750 scholarship.
$500 went to the second runner up, Kodi Kluck of Riesel.
Third runner up Ellie Tate of Lorena received a $250 scholarship followed by $100 scholarship to fourth runner up Kelsy Miller of Lorena.
Money raised at the silent action was donated to a young woman injured in a car accident as well as non-profit Love Thy Baby.
Last year the check went to Layla Evetts who lives part time in Riesel as she battles an aggressive form of brain cancer.
Rissa Shaw and Justin Earley of KWTX emceed the pageant.