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Prineville teen selected as a state finalist in this year's National American Miss Pageant

by: Contributed photo - Anna Zinn of Prineville was selected based on her excellent academic standing and extracurricular activities.

Anna Zinn is trying something she has never tried before.
   The Prineville teen has been selected as a state finalist in this year's National American Miss Pageant.
   Zinn, 12, was selected based on her excellent academic standing and extracurricular activities.
   "The pageant is three days long," said Zinn, "The first two days are for friends and family, but also open to the public, the last night is a pageant-like performance."
   The pageant consists of four required competitions: personal introduction, interview, community involvement and formal wear.
   In preparation for the personal introduction competition the contestants will learn how to speak effectively into a microphone. They will also learn how to confidently and professionally present themselves to audiences.
   Contestants will present themselves delivering their name, hometown, where they see themselves in the future and something unique or interesting about themselves.
   For the interview portion contestants will be taught proper interviewing skills: making eye contact, speaking confidently and sitting properly for an interview.
   The girls will be interviewed personally by each individual judge, who will ask questions that delve into the personality of the contestants.
   The community involvement competition is a project that the girls will complete as a team. Each girl will donate an item such as a book or a stuffed animal. On the final day the girls will present what they have donated to local libraries or fire and police departments to help with any work they may do with children.
   The final night of the three-day pageant is the formal wear competition. Each girl will be individually announced and escorted on stage wearing a formal gown of their choice. The contestants will be taught how to walk and stand like polished pageanteers.
   Zinn will also be competing in a vocal performance and a photogenic competition, both of which will add to her final score. She chose these from a list of optional competitions.
   She received her application in the mail in February, sent it in along with a recent photograph, and waited to hear back. After the screening process Zinn was chosen as a state finalist.
   To go along with her superb academic standing, Zinn participates in little league softball, where she represented Crook County in the all-star tournament, Parks and Recreation Basketball and is active in her youth group at the Eastside Church.
   This is Zinn's first pageant, and she is unsure if there will be more in the future. "I would like to; I will see how this one goes," she said. If she wins she will participate on the national level in Las Vegas.
   "This is a great deal for her." said her father, Doug Zinn, "She'll have memories for the rest of her life." Mr. Zinn likes this particular pageant because he says it seems to be "positive, and show the heart of the kid, not just beauty."
   Anna Zinn is the daughter of Doug and Dee Zinn of Prineville. She has one older sister, Grace.
   The pageant will take place at the Hilton Eugene and Conference Center on August 17 through 19.