Lauren Hall, a sophomore at Wilmington High School, competed as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Jr. Teen Pageant in Columbus June 28-29.
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. These pageants are for “Today’s Girl” and “Tomorrow’s Leaders!” Each year, the National American Miss pageants award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide. The National American Miss program is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. It is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills and good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals.
These pageants seek to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages 4-18 in five age divisions.
Lauren competed for the Ohio State Queen title, finishing as a semi-finalist in the top 25 out of 131 participants. She entered several other competitions such as the Photogenic Competition, the Talent Competition and the Top Model Competition. Her awards include the “Spirit of America” Award, the “Outstanding Participation” Award and the “Top Ticket Sales” Award. Lauren also earned an invitation to the National pageant, held in California in November, by finishing fourth in the Top Model Competition.
Her parents are Casey and Mike Stickle and Rick and Jerri Hall.