A young Midlothian girl has earned a chance at the national stage after demonstrating her big heart at the South Texas Queen of Hearts pageant.
Miranda Wright, a seven-year-old JR Irvin Elementary School student, was crowned the Ellis County Queen of Hearts in April after collecting more donations than any other competitor in the pageant. On Aug. 20, she competed in the state-wide pageant in San Antonio and was again able to collect the most donations, bringing in 5,997 items and winning the South Texas Queen of Hearts crown.
The Queen of Hearts pageant hands out smaller contest awards for beauty or community service, but the grand title is based on the number of collected donations for local food banks and nonprofits, Miranda's mother Amy Wright explained.
“The part that makes me the most excited was when I won and when I heard there was a big swimming pool,” Miranda said. “The part that made me the most nerves was when I had to give a speech.”
The contestants at the state level were required to introduce themselves to the judges, she explained. Miranda also won several two other contests, best scrapbook for her book showing the highlights of her activities as Ellis County Queen of Hearts and for best interview.
“They asked me where I wanted to travel to and I said Germany. They asked me why and I said to visit my sister who is a foreign exchange student,” she said.
The pageant offers contestants a verity of tests for different skills, Amy explained, but the pageant and Miranda herself focus on a generous heart.
“There are 12 titles she can win, but her main goal is Queen of Hearts. She wants to be the biggest donator,” Amy said.
To prepare for the state pageant, Miranda spent a lot of time going door to door with her little wagon asking for donations of non-perishable food and home cleaning supplies, Amy said. The food items are donated to Manna House and the cleaning supplies to the Necessity Closet run by One Way Church.
She also got a sponsor, Top Gun Carpet Cleaning, and Repair, that funded her formal outfit for state and national competitions and provided her a float in the Midlothian 4th of July parade. Top Gun owner Jennifer Turner is a long-time friend of the Wrights and said Miranda's beautiful heart attracted her to sponsor the young queen.
“Miranda is such a sweet little girl. In all the pageants she has won, I have never heard her boast or be prideful,” Turner said.
The entire family will be making the trip to Florida to cheer Miranda on, Amy said. Even they youngest in the family got into the spirit of things during the state competition, she recalled.
“My three-year-old son yelled “Go Sister” when it was dead quite before they announced the winners,” she said.
Before the national contest in Florida on Nov. 19-20, Miranda has set a goal to double her donations, for a total of 12,000 items. Donations can be dropped off at Manna House or at One Way Church with directions to add them to Miranda's count or people can contact Amy by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 469-309-9837.
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