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Big Shot: Warwick Township Pre-Teen State Finalist in National American Miss, 2014 Miss Pennsylvania

By From the Schaeffer Family

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jennifer and Peter Schaffer, Warwick Township, are pleased to announce that their daughter Miss Payton Nicole Schaffer, age 11, has been chosen as an Official State Finalist in the National American Miss, 2014 Miss Pennsylvania Pre-Teen Pageant to be held Aug. 9 to 10 at the Hilton Harrisburg and Towers. If she wins, she will have the honor of representing our great state of Pennsylvania and our local communities during the Miss America Pageant (Pre-teen) in November, in California.

Miss Payton is an outstanding student in the Owen J. Roberts School District. She is the Captain of the Safety Patrol and the Captain of the (Blue Ribbon Winning) Reading Olympic Team. She has also won/received art recognition, participated in The Girls on the Run Program and The Chester County Science Research Competition. She is an active girl who loves fitness, animals, riding dirt bikes, decorating cupcakes, travel, fashion, technology and playing piano (which is her talent). Most importantly, she is a kind, bright girl with great friends and family support.

Miss Payton is hoping to improve her public speaking skills and win cash and scholarship money to pursue a career as a Veterinarian and open a clinic in PA. Our local community support will help her to reach her goal of becoming a Pennsylvania Leader. Miss Payton has received community support/tax deductible contributions from the following local business and individuals: Destination Salon and Spa, Inc., Kurtas Chiropractic, Mr. Richard A. Montevidoni, CIC, CPA, National Penn Insurance, Mr. and Mrs. Michael E. Mostochuk, St. Clair CPA’s, P.C., Asset Financial Services, Ms. Holly Graver, Fulton Bank, T. Roderick Henkels, Henkels & McCoy, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Ocheltree, Mr. and Mrs. Luc Ducrocq, Mrs. Sandra Mull, Mr. and Mrs. Parke Schaffer.

National American Miss Pageants are held for girls 4-18, and have five different age divisions. The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes. The pageants are unlike any other. All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not permitted to wear make-up and there is no swimsuit competition. The pageant program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “All-American spirit of fun for family and friends.” Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The Pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.