Local girl seeking Iowa Pre-Teen honor
Savanna Jo Handy, 11, a student at Clay Central-Everly Elementary School, will be making her third bid in Iowa's National American Miss competition.
Handy, the daughter of Rick and Jolene Handy, is active in Girl Scouts, the TAG program at Clay Central-Everly and plays basketball and softball.
She also plays the guitar, clarinet and sings.
Selected as a state finalist in the National American Miss Iowa Pageant, she will travel to the Ramada Convention Center in Waterloo on April 13-14 and compete in the Pre-Teen age division.
In the past two years, Handy has won many trophies, medals and ribbons, including first runner-up for photogenic. She has also placed in the top five in actress, casual wear modeling and spokesmodel.
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.
All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under age 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition. Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals.