By Brittany Hanson/Garden Grove Journal
In the days preceding the 2012 Miss Garden Grove Scholarship Pageant, the dresses, shoes, makeup, rehearsals and jitters start to pile up. All the work for the past few months; the questions, interview skills, poise and execution are going to culminate on stage on Saturday evening.
“We’re doing our rehearsals, mock interviews, trying to practice for what it’s going to be like on pageant day,” said Stacy Margolin, pageant coordinator. “A lot of the girls are new this year. . . . I’m just trying to get the last minute details taken care of.”
Every Sunday since June has been rehearsal day for the dance numbers and organization of the pageant.
The pageant offers a combined $5,000 total for winning contestants and is an official prelim for the title of Miss California. There is also a teen portion, called “Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen” competition.
This year’s theme is “Cruisin’ on the Scholar Ship.”
Well-rounded characters are what set the Miss America, or in this case Miss Garden Grove and Outstanding Teen apart from beauty pageants like Miss USA, said Margolin. In Miss Garden Grove, said Margolin, the educational goals, community involvement, service, confidence, talent and fitness are the cumulated score, not just looks alone.
“We have a wide variety of talent this year; gymnastics, classical piano, quite a few dancers, monologues, dramatic and comedic,” said Margolin.
Although the talent portion is often the most exciting portion, Margolin said that the hardest part is the on-stage question.
“For me, while I was only in it one time, the most stressful is the interview and the onstage question. You’re standing there in front of everyone wondering what they’re going to ask you and if you’re going to be able to answer it,” said Margolin.
This year there are 15 contestants in all; eight for Miss Garden Grove and seven for Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen.
The pageants will take place on Saturday at the Marriott Suites in Garden Grove at 12015 Harbor Blvd. Start time is 7 p.m. and tickets to view the event are $20.