On Saturday, Oct. 6, the Miss Dodge City Organization held their annual scholarship competition at the Dodge City Middle School. This year the organization awarded three titles: Miss Dodge City, Miss Boot Hill and Miss Cowboy Capital.
"We also added a new title to our prestigious MISS titles by awarding for the first time ever a Miss Dodge City's Outstanding Teen," said Executive Director Jenna Powers. "The Outstanding Teen program isn’t new to the Miss America Organization, however, this is the first year local pageants were required to be held to award a title to a teen." The new title holder will then attend the Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen competition in June, 2019 in Pratt.
Dakota Derstein, Dodge City, was named the 2019 Miss Cowboy Capital. Derstein is a graduate of Dodge City High School and is attending school at Fort Hays State University majoring in Biology. Her social platform promotes MADD, "Mothers Against Drunk Driving," and for her talent, she performed a jazz routine to the song "Candy Man".
Emily Rugg, Greensburg, was named the 2019 Miss Boot Hill. Rugg is attending Oklahoma State University. Her social platform is "Fight Back: Living with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis," and for her talent, Rugg performed a vocal performance to "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman".
Paige Harding, Dodge City, was named the 2019 Miss Dodge City. Harding is a graduate of Dodge City High School and is attending the University of Kansas where she is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in history and political science.
Upon graduation, she plans to attend law school. Her social platform is "The A, B, C's of Alzheimer's Disease," and for her talent, Harding performed a Piano piece to "When I Look At You".
Abigail Harding, Dodge City, was named the 2019 Miss Dodge City Outstanding Teen. Abby is a junior at Dodge City High School, where she is very active in varsity cheer, drill team (captain), Student Council, TALC, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Future Business Leaders of America, TOC Committee, varsity swimming, and National Honors society.
Abby’s social platform is "Crusade Against Suicide". Through her different organizations in school she has been able to bring awareness to her platform while giving back and letting others know that they are not alone. For her talent, Abby performed an acro dance routine to "The Greatest Showman."
The Miss Dodge City Organization is looking forward to working with these outstanding young women throughout the year and help them grow not only themselves, but also help them grow their platforms and to bring awareness to them.
All four title holders will be competing at the Miss Kansas Competition in June, 2018 in Pratt, Kansas. The Organization and the title holders will be volunteering for many different events throughout the upcoming year.
For appearance and volunteer requests, please contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.