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New York Mills girl to compete in state pageant

Brittany Johnson

Brittany Johnson, age 10, New York Mills, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Minnesota Pageant, to be held July 28 in Bloomington, Minn. Brittany is the daughter of Dr. Tim and Kristen Johnson.

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18 and have five different age divisions. Brittany will be participating in the Miss Minnesota Pre-Teen age division, along with other girls from across Minnesota.

Brittany is involved in the Lions Club's Adopt-A-Highway program, piano, basketball, volleyball, softball and various church activities. She is the New York Mills Little Miss Princess and New York Mills People's Choice Princess. She enjoys reading, has volunteered for the Great American Think-Off and sang for the Shriners at the Target Center.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes.

All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 10 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition. The program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation. Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, and setting and achieving personal goals.