Reviews & Comments
When one ponders over the word “Pageant”, automatically the adjective “Beauty” is placed before this noun. Not so for the prestigious Miss Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant! Deb Landry has successfully been the recipient of directing one of the best top five pageants in the United States.
For the past ten or more years I have had the opportunity to have had a granddaughter participate in this pageant, a daughter who is an assistant director and have had the honor to be a judge. As well, I have come to know Miss Deb, and can understand why she has been the recipient of so many national awards.
Paramount in the Miss Maine Academic Pageant is the platform: Unite Against Bullying. Via this pageant girls and women have been given a voice to ensure this message, Bullying Prevention, is heard across the nation. Participants in Miss Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant educate thousands of school children yearly to understand bullying behaviors, to learn to recognize signs of bullying, and to know what steps to take when bullying occurs. How better to reach children from elementary school through high school than to have young women take a stand against bullying and make a difference for those four out of five kids who are bullied every day!
Another important component of Miss Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant is service work. Girls and women consistently offer vital help to people in need, worthwhile causes, and the community. The benefits of volunteering are enormous such as connecting with your community and others, learning new skills and even advancing one’s career, but most of all, volunteering is good for your mind and soul. In most cases these ladies continue service work into adulthood. The drive that I see in these ladies is amazing; they work their tiaras off all year long.
Hundreds of hours are put in by Miss Maine Academic Scholarship title holders. The events and activities in which they consistently serve would not be the same without their support.
E. Jane Smith, Principal Passamaquoddy School