The secret to standing out from a field of highly accomplished pageant contestants is having more depth than width in your life. The width is the quantity of the activities in which you participate, and the depth is the quality of your involvement within your accomplishments. The more prestigious the title, job or scholarship you are competing for, the more important your depth of contribution becomes.
For example, let’s say there are three young women who all have a 4.0 GPA. When comparing the transcripts, we find the first young lady has taken the basic courses required by her high school to graduate. The second young woman has taken honors classes all four years of high school. The third contestant took honors courses as an underclassman, but her senior year she took an AP (Advanced Placement) course for college credit. If scholastic achievement is part of the judging criteria, the third pageant contestant is going to get the highest points for her academic accomplishments.
When it comes to academics, the evaluators want to see progressive growth and that the individual is continually challenging herself each year. This is not only relevant in pageants, but also a standard for college scholarship selection as well.
This same principle carries over into your extracurricular activities, community service, pageant appearances, and platform involvement.
Just remember, you hit oil by drilling deep.
The ability to answer questions about you, your purpose, current events, and controversial topics in a clear way is an important life skill. The more you practice, the better you will get. This handy interview card is a great way to practice with a partner or to use by yourself.
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Rhonda Shappert is an expert pageant coach, an iPEC Certified Professional Life Coach, an Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner, and an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) with the International Coach Federation (ICF).
She created Winning Through Pageantry® to partner with pageant contestants and their support people to provide complete pageant preparation, achieve winning results in life through pageantry, and to Succeed From The Inside Out®.
She has over 30 years experience in the pageantry world as a contestant, judge, emcee, staff member, mother of daughters who compete, Mrs. Ohio America 2005, and has held multiple titles at the local, state and national levels.
Rhonda graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelors degree in Musical Theater from The Ohio State University and has performed on stage in 15 countries on the Asian, European and American continents. This mother of three home educates their children and has been married 23 years to her husband Stephen, is the former mayor of her community, and serves on two governing boards of non-profit organizations. She and her husband perform original contemporary Christian music. For more information on Rhonda, visit www.WinningThroughPageantry.com.