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Girls Ready For Oak View Pageant

By Sondra Murphy

Accentuating etiquette, confidence and inner beauty, the 2010 Oak View Pageant of Excellence is a long-time valley tradition. Scheduled for March 6 at the Oak View Community Center, 18 Valley Road, 16 young ladies have been busily preparing for their night to shine.

“The pageant contestants have been very busy preparing for this year’s pageant by visiting care facilities in the valley and will be writing their speeches according do what they experienced,” said Kim Armstrong, pageant coordinator. “They also have been rehearsing for their event by learning sign language, a new dance routine, walking the walk and gaining confidence in high heels.”
While the pageant is a great learning experience for contestants, it’s the year of community services which follows the pageant that helps them learn the importance of making a true difference in the world. The “court ladies” assist the Oak View Civic Council in its many events, such as the Easter egg hunt, Christmas tree lighting ceremony, plus help decorate floats and ride in cool cars during Oak View Memorial Day and Ojai Fourth of July parades.
To prepare for the pageant, “The girls attended a tea held at The Gables of Ojai and an etiquette class taught by Sandy Delaney at the Ojai Methodist Church in Ojai. Not to mention all this, they actually found time to do community service by helping the Park and Recreation Committee and the Oak View Civic Council’s fund-raiser ‘Treasure for Chairs’ and then serve at a Valentine’s dinner at the Ojai Methodist Church,” Armstrong said. “As you see these are very committed young ladies and I invite the community to come experience a wonderful evening watching these young ladies excel in the Pageant of Excellence. Our Theme, ‘Look Within,’ says it all!”

“The pageant contestants have been very busy preparing for this year’s pageant by visiting care facilities in the valley and will be writing their speeches according do what they experienced,” said Kim Armstrong, pageant coordinator. “They also have been rehearsing for

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