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Three county pageant contestants compete for scholarships, title

Girls cite confidence, poise as takeaways from upcoming competition

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Left to right: Stephanie Barnes, Lilly Boothe and Taryn Miller will each compete in the Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant. The girls compete for scholarship money and a chance to move on to the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program.Three Columbia County girls will compete Saturday, Feb. 20, in the Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen pageant.

Taryn Miller of Scappoose, Stephanie Barnes of Warren and Lilly Boothe of Clatskanie are among 12 contestants heading to Seaside for the chance to be crowned Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen and win hundreds of dollars in scholarship money. Saturday’s crowned title holder will advance to the Miss Oregon Scholarship Program pageant.

Despite the event name, the competition includes girls from Clatsop, Columbia and Tillamook counties.

The contest is a preliminary pageant to the Miss Oregon and Miss Oregon Outstanding Teen pageants.

Contestants prepare for the pageant by choosing a charitable cause to get involved with. On Saturday, they’ll undergo an interview portion, an onstage question, a fitness portion in which teen contestants wear athletic or dance wear, a talent demonstration and a formal wear portion.

For Miller and Boothe, Saturday marks a return to the stage. Miller competed in the Miss Teen event last year. Boothe competed in the Miss Clatsop County Princess pageant about four years ago.

This will be Barnes’ first foray into the pageant world.

Stephanie Barnes, 14, Warren

“I’m feeling both nervous and excited,” Barnes said Tuesday. “It’s so close and there’s that thought of things you could do wrong, but also you could win and get a scholarship, so there are positive things, too.”

Thing she’s most looking forward to:

“Getting to walk in heels and evening wear. We get to change into our really pretty dresses and show everyone what we’ve got.”

Taryn Miller, 13, Scappoose

“It’s a great program, altogether, so I really wanted to come back,” Miller said. “You earn scholarship money and you have to have a platform, so it makes you want to volunteer more.”

Thing she’s most looking forward to:

“Opening number, only because it’s a time when you’re not really judged, you can kind of show your personality. You’re also with all the girls, you have a team with you.”

Lilly Boothe, 12, Clatskanie

“I really learned a lot about myself,” Boothe said of the pageant process. “I learned confidence and poise and interviewing skills. It’s really so much more than a pageant. You learn really valuable life skills.”

Thing she’s most looking forward to:

“I’m really excited for the interview. I really like talking to other people, getting to know people and them getting to know me.”