HERMISTON — Telisha Boedigheimer, 12, daughter of Mike and Jacquie Boedigheimer of Hermiston, has been selected from about 45 Oregon girls to represent the state at the 2002 Miss American Preteen Pageant.

As the 2002 Miss Oregon American Preteen, Boedigheimer will attend the national pageant for her age group in Florida and Disney World during the week of Thanksgiving. The Sandstone Middle School student will compete for the national pageant title of Miss American Preteen and more than $25,000 in cash awards, prizes and scholarships.

Nationwide, state winners and state pageant finalists will compete in the 18th annual national scholarship competition organized by American Coed Pageants, Inc. National talent, speech, academic achievement, community service, photogenic, personality, most promising model, best actress and national cover girl and hostess contests will be held in addition to the National Pageant Winner's Contest. In 2002, cash awards and prizes totaling more than $1 million will be presented to outstanding girls ages 3 to 20 at state and national competitions.

American Coed Pageants, Inc. annually holds state pageants for the purpose of recognizing and rewarding outstanding young women for their past and present accomplishments and to encourage them to set and achieve high goals for the future. In states where pageants are not held, selection of state reps is made through written applica-tions and photos.

(For the full story, please see the Nov. 19, 2002, issue of the Hermiston Herald.)

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