Eve Pearson
Eve Pearson, 10, is a state finalist in the Nation American Miss Arizona state pageant. She is competing in the Junior Pre-teen age division on July 9 in Scottsdale. Randy Metcalf/The Explorer

Next month, 10-year-old Eve Pearson will head to Scottsdale to compete as a state finalist in the National American Miss Arizona pageant.

The Northwest Tucson resident will be competing in the junior pre-teen age division.

Eve enjoys playing volleyball and basketball, taking boxing classes, singing and dancing. The Harelson Elementary student participates in Girl Scouts, as well.

Eve’s parents, Curtis and Edie, were a little apprehensive about having their daughter participate in a pageant. After realizing the pageant was different, Edie said she started to come around to the idea.

“She’s been begging us to do this,” Edie said.

The pageant touts itself as being unlike others. All of the activities and competitions are kept age-appropriate. Girls who are under age 12 are not allowed to wear makeup, and there is no swimsuit competition. The pageant program is based on inner beauty, poise and presentation.

The pageant emphasizes the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship and setting and achieving personal goals.

“She is a Girl Scout, so she loves helping and dealing with anything,” Edie said. “She likes leadership-type stuff. She’ll say, ‘Oh mom, let’s volunteer for this’ or, ‘let’s do this project.’ Every club or whatever is available, she wants to join.”

The winner of the National American Miss Arizona pageant will receive $1,000 cash, the official crown and banner, a trophy, and the transportation and sponsor fees paid to compete in the national pageant in California. There, all state winners will get a complementary tour of Hollywood and two free tickets to Disneyland.

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