Kailyn Hurst, 8, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss California Pageant to be held July 31 though Aug. 2, at the Hilton Orange County in Costa Mesa. She will be competing with other girls age 7 through 9.
Hurst's said she enjoys dancing, gymnastics, riding her bike, swinging and listening to music. Her favorite song is "Replay," by Zenzaya. She also enjoys reading, riding horses, helping animals, shopping, playing with friends and watching movies.
"My favorite movie is 'Frozen'," said the Cummings Valley School student.
Asked if she was nervous or excited about competing in the upcoming event, Hurst replied, "A little bit of both."
As for what she wants to be when she grows up, Hurst was very certain.
"I want to be a professional gymnastics teacher," she said. She first started doing gymnastics at the age of four after joining Perfect 10.
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 at Disneyland. Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen in five age groups.
The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented.
The National American Miss pageants are for "Today's Girl" and "Tomorrow's Leaders." The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and presentation, and offers an "all-American spirit of fun for family and friends." Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future.
A panel of judges will score the contestants in the following categories: Formal wear, 30 percent; personal introduction, 30 percent; interview, 30 percent; and community involvement, 10 percent.
Her sponsors include Dr. Jones of Old Towne Dental, P-Dubs Grill & Bar, Hungry Howies Pizza, Art Garcia of Pacific Financial Strategies, Jewlscent.com/gifts you want to give, Hurst Construction, Merri and Robert Bonino, Carol and Rod Thorpe, Hair Designs by Tricia, Erin Johnson, and Dr. Martin Chiropractic.
Kailyn is the daughter of Kerri and Todd Hurst of Bear Valley Springs. She is the oldest child of three, and has two younger brothers.