OAKWOOD — Estee Miller is no stranger to pageants.
senior at Paulding High School and this year’s representative for the
Peony Pageant, has competed in four pageants at her hometown of
Oakwood’s Labor Day Homecoming, an annual festival that holiday weekend.
not as involved as the Peony Pageant because there’s no interview,” she
said noting that participants just do an on-stage question.
festival has four different pageants split up into four age divisions:
the Little King and Queen Pageant, the Little Miss Pageant, the Junior
Miss Pageant and the Miss Pageant. After a participant wins in her age
division, she cannot participant in it again.
She won the Junior
Miss Pageant, was first runner-up in the Little Miss, second runner-up
in Little Queen and Miller won the Miss Pageant her freshman year of
high school. Now she organizes the pageant each year.
living in a small community and the small town pageants give you an
opportunity to get your name out in the community and gives the
community members a way to put names to faces,” she said. “You get to
meet a lot of new people.”
Miller wanted to join the Peony Pageant this year for many of the same reasons.
always tried to make the most of my high school experience,” she said.
“When this opportunity came up, I was eager to apply to be part of it. I
was excited to meet girls from area schools and I thought it was a
great fit to add to my array of different experiences that I’ve
participated in in high school.”
“Being involved is really
important to me because you never know when the next great opportunity
will be for you to take,” she added. “I’m always eager to seize the
opportunity and make the best out of everything.”
Now she feels a stronger connection to the Peony Pageant after learning of a family connection.
getting into the pageant, I learned that my great grandma (Alice Lisk)
participated in the pageant in the 1940s so it’s more special to me
now,” she said. “I think it’s awesome that the pageant has lasted that
long and I think it’s great to be part of a great Van Wert tradition.”
plans to attend Bowling Green State University to earn a degree in
inclusive early childhood education, which means she would graduate with
degree to teach preschool through third grade and a special education
degree to teach preschool through third grade.
“Being an educator
you really have to be a role model and in the pageant you’re also being a
role model,” she said of how the experience of participating in the
pageant will help her in her future.
She has also learned that
many of the girls are also attending Bowling Green State University so
she hopes to continue their friendship after the pageant as well.
new people can be nerve-racking, but they’re all really welcoming and I
think they’re a great group of girls and it’s been great to grow my
friendships outside of school and meet people from the area,” Miller