LONE TREE -- was in a pageant when she was a baby, but the stakes might be a tad higher next month.
LONE TREE --Jenny Jones ( photographed on left) was in a pageant when she was a baby, but the stakes might be a tad higher next month.
The Lone Tree High sophomore will compete in the Iowa junior teen finals of the National American Miss Pageant from in Grinnell.
"I've (been nominated) every year, and I never thought about doing it," said Jones, 16.
She decided to follow through on the nomination this year and was named a finalist in the state portion of a national competition that is dedicated to "celebrating America's future leaders, and equipping them with life-long skills," according to a news release.
If she wins the state contest, she will receive $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a trophy and the chance to compete in the national contest Hollywood and tickets to Disneyland. The national winner receives a scholarship and a new Ford Mustang convertible.in Anaheim, Calif., which will include a tour of
To qualify for the state contest, Jones had to submit a list of activities and community service she had completed. It was a lengthy list for her, including the Family Career and Community Leaders of America, principal's cabinet, student council, the school's dance team and National Dance Academy, as well as playing tenor and alto saxophone for the Lone Tree High band, jazz band and . She also is a member of the school's volleyball, basketball, track, soccer and softball teams.
She had to find sponsors to cover her participation and travel costs for the competition, she said.
Jones said she will enter four photos in the photogenic actress category. She also said she plans to perform "Showoff" from "" and a for the talent portion of the state pageant.
"I love to dance and I love to sing, and I saw that was an option," Jones said.
She said she did not know much about her chances of winning the state contest or moving on to the national show. She said she did intend to have fun with the competition.
"If I enjoy it this year, I might do it again in the future," Jones said.