Weight of pageant not judged by looks



    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but beauty is not the only thing considered in one local pageant.

    Applications for the 1998 Miss Utah Valley Scholarship Pageant are available at the Petal Pantry, 54 N. Main St. in Payson, and must be returned to the Petal Pantry no later than Tuesday by 5 p.m. to be considered. Applications can also be requested by contacting Chad Hulet, Pageant Director at 465-2585.

    The 1998 Miss Utah Valley Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 1 at Payson High School. The winner will receive $750 in cash, $500 in wardrobe, and other gifts and prizes.

    The contestants will compete in four categories: 40 percent is based on talent, 30 percent is based on the interview, 15 percent is based on evening wear as well as swimming suit. There will be four practices beginning Oct. 4 and will continue on each Saturday in October.

    “This pageant was specifically created to give BYU students an opportunity to compete for Miss Utah,” said Hulet. This pageant helped Sharlene Wells Hawks win her way to the Miss America title. It also awarded Amy Osmond, a BYU English graduate student, first runner-up to Miss Utah.

    Hulet said Osmond gained much exposure as a speaker more than anything else. She was the guest speaker for elementary schools, firesides, women’s clubs and youth groups. She also traveled to Arizona for the National Mother/Daughter Convention. Because she is a talented violin player, Osmond was a part of the entertainment for the March of Dimes Kiwanis Fun Run as well.

    “The title holder will represent the pageant as a full year commmitment,” said Hulet. Students interested in participating have until Tuesday before time runs out.

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