was in the air Saturday morning at the Mr. and Miss Sweetheart Pageant.
all here, and they're no different from anybody else," said Brienna
Rhodes, Pageant Mom.
competition was the fourth one hosted by I Am Beautiful Pageants, specifically
for children, teens and adults with special needs.
get on stage, they wave to their parents, they love to shine and they smile and
some of them dance around," said Bonnie Williams, Pageant Director
is nine-year-old Brena's fourth pageant her mom says since starting these
pageants her confidence has grown.
gives her the ability to do something that she's not just there," said
McGinn is hoping the stage will have a similar effect on her daughter Lucy who
has down syndrome.
says the pageant gives her an opportunity to celebrate her daughter and her
goes to PE and they make her play with balls she likes dancing and the pretty
outfits so this was a natural transition," said McGinn.
contestants took the stage in their Sunday best various categories and vied for
tittles like best smile, most photogenic and best personality but at the end of
the day, they were all winners.
kids, they go up on the stage and just shine and they are amazing, they love
it," said Williams.
their time in the limelight gives all the participants an opportunity to stay
active and step out of their comfort zone.
just loves to participate because there's not much kids like her can do," said Sylvia
Sneed, Pageant Mom.
the pageant was over, the stage was filled with awards and smiles... a moment
that one pageant mom says is a reminder that we are all the same.
can teach us more than we can possibly teach them," said Shawndra Daniels,
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