The Miss Kane County Scholarship Pageant took place on Saturday, June 25, at the Kanab High School auditorium. This year there were seven contestants between the ages of 13-17. The theme: “You’re Worth More Than Gold.” All of these young women showed a fair amount of grace and elegance, truly representing Kane County well. It’s a lot of work to get up on stage and perform and these girls crushed it!

Here are the results for this year’s pageant:

• Community Involvement Award: Shaelynn Heaton – raised approximately $5,000 in three years

• Miss Congeniality: Brynn Hepworth

• Miss Photogenic: Bethany Nording

• Second Attendant Princess: Caroline Giddings

• First Attendant Princess: Shaelynn Heaton

• Miss Kane County Princess: Esther Cox

• First Attendant Queen: Charlee Alred

• Miss Kane County Queen: Tauna King

All of these girls did a fantastic job. They had great responses to the questions, and showed impressive talent and leadership skills. These young women will be great members in society.

Jaycee Heaton, the director of the pageant for the past three years, said when going into this position, her goal was to help young girls in the community learn life skills and help provide them with scholarship opportunities to support them in their educational dreams. This year has been one of the most rewarding thus far.

“The girls have all worked so hard and have improved their stage presence and interviewing skills ten-fold in only a couple of months. Not only that, they have more importantly made life-long friends.

“All the girls who competed won in some way. They overcame fears, anxiety, spent hours of work on talent, interviewing, and modeling. They thought outside of themselves and looked into a platform that would better the community.

“They stretched themselves to try new things and work on improving themselves. In my eyes that is what makes a true winner, not the sash and crown, but the hard work done and the things learned and gained.

“As director, I am excited for what is to come in the rising generation of contestants. It always brightens my day to hear what girls have learned or gained from their experience. However much I may work with them and teach them, I think I always come out with more than I put in. The young women in this community are passionate, funny, quirky, adventurous, willing to take chances, beautiful, talented and so much more. I’ve had insight into what trials and difficulties they have in their lives, and how they have overcome them, or plan to help others.

“I just want to thank all of the beautiful and amazing girls who have competed, and for all those who make the pageant a possibility, including all those who sponsor the girls,” said Heaton.

The 2016 royalty would like to be a part of community events as much as possible to share their platform with others. If you would like to have them attend your event, please e-mail or call Jacey Heaton at 435-559-0491.