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Posted: July 26, 2012 9:08 p.m.

Newton girl to compete in national pageant

Eight-year-old Kaitlyn Cole, of Newton County is a third grader at Oak Hill Elementary and she recently competed in the East Coast Beauty Pageant held in Raleigh, N.C. where she won the grand prize.

Kaitlyn will now represent North Carolina at Nationals against contestants representing every other state in Orlando, Fla. over Thanksgiving.

She competed in mulitple categories and placed in top five in photogenic, top five in speech, won best interview, best interview attire and the title of Miss Tar Heel Sweetheart.

Kaitlyn has been competing in pageants since she was 3 years old, and she holds more than 100 local, state and national titles.

Other than pageants, she also enjoys tumbling, gymnastics, cheerleading, reading and playing with her baby dolls.

At the age of 7, she started her own organziation called Kaitlyn Cares. She has organized several fundraisers for St. Jude, Relay for Life, Melissa Ward, a local teacher diagnosed with breast cancer, Tori Svenson, 8-year-old pageant friend with a brain tumor, donated more than 500 pairs of shoes to Soles4Souls, delivered more than 1,000 cookies to local fire and police enforcement for 9/11. Find her on facebook under KAITLYN CARES.

National Miss American Coed Pageants encourage and reinforce the confidence and natural beauty that is within each girl. Likewise, the clothing and onstage presentations are age-appropriate.

Since 1983, Miss American Coed Pageants have been the country's most popular pageants for girls for a reason: the events are family-oriented and age-appropriate. Many of the participants, and winners, in our pageants have never competed in a pageant before.

Through fun rehearsals and activities on pageant weekend each contestant will gain a new sense of self-esteem, teamwork, and appreciation for her family.

The National Miss American Coed Pageant helps each girl develop poise, self-confidence and the ability to express herself while striving to reinforce the teachings of her home, school, and church while at the same time giving her a chance to fulfill one of her most glamorous dreams.

Several fundraisers are being set up to help with expenses, please contact Crissy Alter at calter30016@att.net for more information.

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