The Lake County Community Pageant System held their 13th annual pageant in November and crowned three new queens.
The new 2017 Miss Lake County is Zaryah Dixon of Zion; 2017 Junior Miss Lake County is Nahlia Tindal of Beach Park; and 2017 Little Miss Lake County is Dakota Cleaver of Ingleside.
Also awarded were 1st runner ups in each category. The recipients of those awards went to Milan Tindal of Beach Park for Miss, Suhanee Patel of Lake Zurich for Junior Miss and Daija Hoard of Zion for Little Miss.
Zaryah Dixon and Daija Hoard of Zion, Elizabeth Larsen of Beach Park, Aliyah Thibault of Fox Lake and Abigail Barkhurst of Volo were all recipients of the congeniality award.
This pageant focuses heavily on the communication and public speaking skills of the contestants. They participated in a timed interview with a panel of professional judges consisting of business people, educators and state pageant experts. All the contestants were required to prepare a planned speech and also had to be spontaneous and respond to a pop question.
Some other highlights of the pageant were Kathleen Hunt, 2016 Miss Lake County, accepting her scholarship award of $1,000, which she is applying to her education at George Washington University. There were also other monetary awards given to Junior Miss 2016 Abigail Hernandez and Little Miss 2016 Jordan Gaston. !
The program also promotes community service work throughout Lake County. The new 2017 queens began their reign by delivering the toys collected from the contestants to the Marines for their Toys for Tots program. All of the town queens in this program will work together to make a difference in Lake County, attending events to support organizations like Haven House, PADS and working with the elderly.
More information about the Lake County Community Pageant program can be found at www.lakecountycommunitypageant.com.