Queen, princesses crowned at first Little Miss in Moab pageant
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The winners of the Little Miss in Moab pageant, (from left) Princess Kailee Thurman, Princess Bailey Hansen, Queen Avery Young and Princess Alexis Morse, pose after receiving their crowns. Courtesy photo
The winners of the Little Miss in Moab pageant, (from left) Princess Kailee Thurman, Princess Bailey Hansen, Queen Avery Young and Princess Alexis Morse, pose after receiving their crowns. Courtesy photo
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The first annual Little Miss in Moab pageant was held Friday, Aug. 8 as girls, ages 5 through 13, from across eastern Utah, competed for the title of Queen.

Avery Young, daughter of Brad and Shannon Young, won the overall title of Little Miss in Moab Queen. Kailee Thurman, daughter of Joe and Debbie Thurman, won the title of Princess in the 5- to 7-year-old division; Alexis Morse, daughter of Steve and Geni Morse, won the title of Princess in the 8- to 10-year-old division; and Bailey Hansen, daughter of Shaun and Nesha Hansen, won the title of Princess in the 11- to 13-year-old division.

The girls competed in four different categories: fitness wear, talent, evening wear, and interview.

The evening concluded a full week of activities which were designed to develop friendships among the contestants, instill pride in their community, and build self-esteem within each girl.

The Little Miss in Moab pageant strives to teach each young lady “that it is important to feel beautiful and be beautiful, but not only on the outside,” according to pageant director Geni Ainge.

“Our motto for the Little Miss in Moab pageant is ‘Be-YOU-Tiful,’” Ainge said. “We want the girls to know that they are amazing just being them, each and every one is different, and we want to celebrate what makes them unique.”

Ainge also noted that the pageant stressed the importance of helping the girls to attain a strong sense of self-worth through providing service in our communities. Each girl was encouraged to provide service individually and they also participated in a group service project where they hand-made cards and pictures then delivered them to the extended care unit of Moab Regional Hospital, bringing smiles and cheer to the patients, she said.

The pageant will continue next year, Ainge said. She thanked the pageant’s many supporters for their help with putting together the inaugural event.

“We look forward to a year full of service to our communities and helping these young ladies grow and achieve their dreams,” said Ainge.

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