The road to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant starts long before the competing girls walk onto a nationally televised stage to represent their respective states.
In reality, it starts in small towns and cities—much like Hockessin—with girls leaving everything they have on stage before one uniquely qualified and outstanding young woman is chosen to move forward to the state competition.
This weekend, four such young ladies will bring whatever poise, beauty, intelligence and talent they have accumulated throughout their lives thus far in hopes of representing Hockessin at the state level. Sunday night's winner will also go home with scholarship money from Wilmington University as well as prizes from sponsors like All About Smiles, Silk: The Salon, Queen Nails Spa, Hockessin Day Spa, Designer Consigner Boutique, Route 40 Nutrition and Royal Jewelry Design.
Despite a hectic schedule this week preparing for the pageant, the girls took time to explain why they want to be Miss Hockessin, the charity they'll be representing and even a secret or two.
Meet Sian Rigby:
Hometown Liverpool, England
Hockessin connection She's lived in Hockessin since she was in the eighth grade
School The Charter School of Wilmington
College Plans Rigby has been accepted to Northeastern University in Boston with a $100,000 scholarship offer, Oxford University in England and St. Andrews in Scotland (the alma mater of Britain's Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge). She is still waiting to hear back from universities in the United States.
Platform Children's Cancer Research
Talent "Out Here on My Own"
Platform connection "My mother is a nurse on the oncology unit at AI duPont children's hospital so I have always felt a connection to the cause. Children take adult medicines in small doses, despite vast biological difference in the bodies of adults and children. I am highly dedicated to this cause and will continue to work at AI and other children's hospitals for as long as I live."
Why she wants to be Miss Hockessin "I want to be Miss Hockessin because I believe the Miss America Program does a lot of truly amazing work in communities around the nation, and I would love to be a part of that experience. It would be a great avenue through which to push my platform, and expose more people in our community to the disparity in funding between adult and childhood cancers.
A secret? "This is my first ever pageant and I have loved every minute of it. I have realy felt my confidence grow. Also, I came very close to singing and playing a song I wrote myself but I couldn't pass up the chance to belt out such a fabulous, heart-wrenching ballad like "Out Here on My Own."