Montana Jo Bell, 11, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Kansas Pageant to be held July 15-17 in Wichita. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions. Montana will be participating in the pre-teen age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the great state of Kansas.
The winner of the Pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California where whe will receive an exciting complimentary Tour of Hollywood and two V.I.P. tickets to Disneyland®.
The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships and other prizes.
Montana’s activities include swimming, dancing, photography and gymnastics. She also enjoys spending time with family and friends.
The Pageant program is based on inner-beauty. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition. Emphasis of this pageant is put on the importance of developing self confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.
Montana’s parents are Shawna Kirk, Olathe; and Frank Bell, Gardner.