Waxahachie resident Alyssa Starling was recently selected to participate in the 2016 Miss Teen pageant competition, taking place on Feb. 28. Starling learned of her acceptance into this year’s competition when the pageant announced their selections following interviews in the local Dallas area.

Starling submitted an application and participated in her interview session conducted by this year’s Dallas Pageant Coordinator.

Starling will compete for her share of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts distributed to contestants. Of the four age divisions, including young ladies ages 7 through 19, she will compete in the Miss Teen division. In each of these divisions, contestants compete in modeling routines including casual wear and formal wear. Most importantly, Starling will display her personality while interviewing with this year’s judging panel. In each phase of the competition, the panel uses personality as the number one criteria for judging.

If Starling were to win the title of Miss Teen, she would represent Dallas and the surrounding communities at the National Pageant taking place in Orlando, Florida. Each winner receives an expense paid trip to Orlando for six days and five nights. At this National Competition, contestants from around the nation compete for their share of over $30,000 in prizes.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals will assist Starling in participating in this year’s competition by becoming an official sponsor for her. Through sponsorship, each contestant receives all the necessary training, rehearsals and financial support, which will allow Starling the confidence and preparation for this year’s Preliminary Pageant.

Any business, organization, or private individual interested in becoming a sponsor to Starling may contact the Miss Teen Dallas Pageant Coordinator at 1-877-403-6678