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Randee Osceola named Miss Florida Pre-Teen Cover Girl

By Judy Weeks

IMMOKALEE — “Dreams can come true!” exclaimed Tribal citizen Randee Osceola when she was crowned National American Miss Florida Pre-Teen Cover Girl at the state pageant on July 23. She comprised one of approximately 250 entrants in the three-day event hosted at the Orlando Hyatt Hotel & Resort.


The enterprising 12-year-old joined 94 other young ladies contending for the four teenage categories, which followed stringent requirements based on school grade averages, interviews, social potential, community services, evening gown presentation and advertisement sales.


In addition to being awarded her official state crown, banner, trophy and state ambassadorship for most advertising sales, Randee received a special invitation to compete at the National Pageant to be held during Thanksgiving week in Anaheim, Calif.


Randee began following her dream three years ago when she first entered the pageant while attending school in Maryland. She was recommended by her teachers for her outstanding scholastic and social achievements. A sports enthusiast, she participates in basketball, softball and soccer.


The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Their focus is on developing the success of young women through programs that are age appropriate and family oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls from 4 to 18 years old in five different divisions with a national final.


The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation and all-American spirit. Emphasis is placed upon the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, developing a positive competitive attitude and achieving personal goals.


Each year they award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. This year National Pageants has added the ultimate door prize to the Nationals 2011. Each girl who qualifies for the national pageant has a chance to win a new 2011 Ford Mustang convertible.


“Achieving this title wasn’t just all about me,” Randee Osceola said. “I owe a great deal to my mom, Geraldine Osceola; my dad, Randall Byrd; grandma, Ruth Osceola; and the Seminole Tribe of Florida. Their sponsorship, encouragement and support have made it all possible. Modeling has given me an opportunity to meet new people, exchange ideas and pursue my love of travel.”

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