July 12, 2013 10:40 AM
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MeKenzie Paige McCracken, 13, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pennsylvania Pageant to be held Aug. 10 and 11 at the Hilton Towers Hotel, Harrisburg.

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18, and have five different age divisions. MeKenzie will be participating in the pre-teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across Pennsylvania.

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 complete in the national pageant in California, where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with lifelong skills. Each year, the pageant nationally awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes, which includes a new Ford Mustang convertible.

All activities and competitions are kept age-appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition.

MeKenzie’s activities include ballet, jazz, lyrical and pointe dancing at Sharon’s School of Dance, Indiana; playing clarinet for the Purchase Line High School marching and concert bands; chorus and County Chorus; and County 4-H.

MeKenzie also enjoys shopping, swimming, spending time with friends and baby-sitting. MeKenzie will be in the eighth grade at Purchase Line this fall. She is the daughter of Mike and Karin McCracken, of Clymer.

MeKenzie’s sponsors include family and friends, Clymer Beverage and Indiana Eye Care.

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