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Updated: 01/15/2014 08:00:00AM

Bok student a pageant competitor

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Savannah Adams of Lake Wales was recently selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Tampa pageant competition that will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, in Tampa.

By KATHY LEIGH BERKOWITZ

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She’s called a real “go-getter,” a student who “definitely doesn’t settle for less than the best,” according to her sixth grade advance math teacher Sarah McGathey.

That Bok Academy student Savannah Adams does have high aspirations is unquestionable, and now, she’s added one more thing to her schedule of events: Miss Pre-Teen Tampa.

Her mother, Sabrina Adams, said the 11-year-old has never been in a pageant before, but she is accustomed to being in front of people, as she performs in the Lake Wales Little Theatre.

She enjoys gymnastics, had tried T-ball and spent a couple of years in the Pram Fleet.

And she would like to go into dance.

“She’s one of those girls who wants to do everything — honors classes and on honor roll. She’s happy and social and she’s always helped my mom in the classroom.”

Sabrina says her daughter’s interest in pageants peaked by watching the little pageant shows on Netflix.

So she located a pageant and asked a friend of hers to go with her to the interview process.

Sabrina said that “tons of girls” received a notification, but that they were chosen to proceed to an interview.

“It was the last day they were interviewing and it was Sunday. And we got the phone call on Monday. I didn’t expect it to be that fast,” she said.

If Savannah wins this pageant, she’ll proceed to the national competition.

“She’s very personable, especially one on one,” her mother said. Mom is trying to get sponsors for Savannah, and set up her portfolio.

“It’s ball gown and every day wear,” she says.

The pageant cut out the swimsuit contest, and Sabrina says she is glad about that.

Savannah has a brother, Sean Paul Adams.

The 2014 Miss Pre-Teen Tampa pageant will take place on Sunday, Feb. 2.

According to a pageant release, Savannah will be competing, for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants. Savannah will be competing in the Miss Pre-Teen division, one of four divisions that will have young ladies ages of 7 and 19 competing in modeling routines, which include casual wear and formal wear. Most important, Savannah will display her personality and interviewing skills while interviewing with this year’s Tampa judging panel. Personality is the number one aspect that each contestant is judged on during all phases of competition.

If Savannah were to win the title of Miss Pre-Teen Tampa, she would represent Tampa and the surrounding communities at the national competition that will take place in Orlando. Over $30,000 in prizes and awards will be presented at that event while each winner enjoys this expense paid trip of five nights and six days in Orlando, Florida.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Savannah in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor to her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals, and financial support which will allow Savannah to become a very confident and well-prepared contestant in this year’s Tampa Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual who may be interested in becoming a sponsor to Savannah may contact the Miss Pre-Teen Tampa pageant coordinator, at 877-403-6678.

McGathey says her student has an ability to reach other kids, and is a leader.

“She’s able to talk to anyone,” she says.

If she could describe Savannah in one word, she notes, “outgoing” would be that word.


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