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Katy-area woman directs local pageants

January 9, 2019

A former pageant competitor has stepped forward to volunteer her time to coordinate pageants for the Katy and Bay areas.

As executive director of the Miss Katy Scholarship Organization, Jacqueline Arnold is coordinating Miss Katy and Miss Katy Outstanding Teen and Miss Bay Area and Miss Bay Area Outstanding Teen pageants on Jan. 26 at the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston. The event will start at 6 p.m. at 3400 Main St. in Houston.

The teen pageant is open to girls ages 13-17 and the miss pageant is open to ages 18-25, she said. The deadline to file to compete is Jan. 19, but Arnold encouraged young women to enter earlier if they can. “The sooner the better,” she said. “There’s quite a lot of paperwork they have to fill out.”

Miss Katy is open to residents and students within 50 miles of Fort Bend, Harris and Waller counties. Miss Bay Area is open statewide.

Young women may email Arnold at Jacqui@MissKaty.org, visit www.misskaty.org or https://www.facebook.com/misskatyorg/ or call 832-690-0941 for requirements, filing fees and other information.

No limit exists on the number of competitors. But a minimum of 12 to 15 contestants must participate, she said.

The local Miss pageants are preliminaries to the Miss America pageant and are following the new rules which include no swimsuit competition, she said.

Contestants for the Miss Katy and Miss Bay Area will have their talent competition count for 40 percent of their judging. They also will be judged on a private interview, evening wear/social impact statement and onstage interview.

For teen contestants, the talent portion will represent 35 percent of their judging. They also will be judged on a private interview, fitness routine and evening gown/on-stage question.

Each contestant also must have a service platform. Five people from the area will serve as judges, said Arnold, and they include Fulshear Mayor Aaron Groff and Mrs. Texas 2019 Shannon Dresser, who also is a Katy Independent School District police officer.

“We have a great group of judges lined up,” Arnold added.

Winners of the Miss Katy and Miss Bay Area will advance to compete in the Miss Texas pageant in June in Dallas, she said. Teen winners can advance to compete in the Miss Texas Outstanding Teen pageant which will be in June in Richardson.

“Miss America is completely not for profit,” said Arnold. “Everyone involved are volunteers. All have full-time jobs but are passionate about the (pageant) industry and what Miss America stands for — Community service, education and empowering women.”

The Katy-area resident volunteered to direct the local pageants because she thought it would be great for the area. She remembers a Miss Katy pageant last being held about 2015.

“I know that the Miss Texas organization could use more locals out this way,” Arnold said. “It’s great event to bring to the Katy area.”

Because of pageant changes at the national level, Arnold said she’s noticed quite a bit of interest locally.

“Some people still are questioning what’s happening next. It’s really interesting to see the public response to the changes,” said Arnold. “Overall it’s very positive.”

karen.zurawski@chron.com

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