On March 14, McDowell High NJROTC will host the annual Little Miss McDowell Talent Pageant. Recently, cadets with Ava Effler, last year’s “Little Miss McDowell” visited local elementary schools to bring awareness to eligible girls and to promote the pageant.

Any young lady residing in McDowell County between the ages of 7 to 12 can compete for the coveted crown. The girls will be judged in interview, talent, and evening gown categories. The pageant will be held at East McDowell Middle School. This year’s theme is “ Groovin’ back to the 70’s .”

While the pageant is the biggest fundraiser for the NJROTC unit, the primary focus is on the young ladies in our community. The pageant provides a wonderful opportunity for ladies to showcase their talent, improve their self-confidence, and build their self-esteem.

For the NJROTC cadets, it provides them an opportunity to give back to the community by working with the young ladies during pageant week. Male cadets work as stage hands, and do work behind the scenes to make the event run smoothly on pageant night. Female cadets serve as “Big Sisters” to the contestants during the practice week and help them prepare for the pageant, as well as help them with their school work.

As a result, many long lasting friendships are created between the cadets and the young ladies during pageant week.

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