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Medearis makes transition from contestant to judge

Friday, July 11, 2008

When someone spends so much time competing in pageants, one would think judging them wouldn't be difficult.

But Melissa Medearis would beg to differ.

Being a judge at the National American Miss Pageant has allowed Medearis to experience all the behind the scenes activity. The National American Miss Pageant promotes the quality of women in America and its drive to succeed by awarding scholarship money to the top five contestants.

"To be a judge is stressful," Medearis said. "You are responsible for the votes that matter to women and in most instances, scholarship money is at stake."

Being a former contestant herself, Medearis would know. She was first runner up in Popcorn Festival, 4-H queen, American Colored State Finalist and Miss Brazil for Dream Girls USA, so she knows the business.

Medearis said she coordinates the Clay County Popcorn Festival Pageant because of the girls, to see the looks on their faces and to teach them how to handle the interview process and how to walk. She knows the knowledge she gives women will benefit them in the future.

Anyone who would like to be a contestant in this year's Clay County Popcorn Festival Pageant may pick up an application at Northview High School in the Guidance Office and online at http://www.popcornfest.net/, or contact Medearis at Pageantdirector_ccpf@hotmail.com or 812-236-4656.



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