Perkasie res­i­dent wins Miss Mid­state 2013 pageant

News-Herald (Perkasie, PA) - - FRONT PAGE - By Meghan Ross

Perkasie’s very own brin Price, a Pen­nridge High School 2010 grad­u­ate, won the ti­tle of Miss Mid­state 2013 at the pageant com­pe­ti­tion in Harrisburg, Satur­day, Jan. 26.

In June, the West Ch­ester mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion ma­jor will travel to Pitts­burgh to com­pete for the Miss Penn­syl­va­nia ti­tle. That win­ner will then go on to the Miss Amer­ica pageant.

Price first started par­tic­i­pat­ing in pageants last year, her sopho­more year of col­lege. She won the ti­tle of Miss Key­stone this past April and spent the year as an am­bas­sador for the Chil­dren’s Mir­a­cle Net­work and sH1’s Save the Mu­sic Foun­da­tion.

“It’s been so re­ward­ing. bvery­one’s been really out­stand­ing,” she said.

Price com­peted against 13 other girls at the Miss Mid­state pageant in Jan­uary, and con­trary to what some may think, the girls ac­tu­ally got along, ac­cord­ing to Price.

“It’s def­i­nitely not catty. We cheer each other on,” she said. “bvery­one that’s there is mak­ing such an im­pact in their com­mu­nity, so it’s really a mo­rale booster.”

Price’s tal­ent was her voice; she sang opera, which she has been for­mally study­ing since she was 11 years old. She said she hopes to be­come a mu­sic teacher for a pub­lic mid­dle school af­ter she grad­u­ates.

Dur­ing her in­ter­view sec­tion for the pageant, Price was able to talk about her plat­form, “Save the Mu­sic: The Im­por­tance of Mu­sic in Pub­lic bd­u­ca­tion.” It’s a topic she feels passionate about, call­ing the drop in mu­sic de­part­ments an “epi­demic.” She listed some statis­tics, such as three out of five schools in Philadel­phia don’t have a mu­sic teacher. What’s worse, she said, is that this prob­lem is not only in the city but mov­ing out to the sub­urbs.

Re­cently, Price worked with the rp­per Darby School District to try to save the mu­sic de­part­ment. Thanks to a “mu­sic marathon,” the school was able to raise $25,000, but un­for­tu­nately, the de­part­ment was still cut, ac­cord­ing to Price.

This is what Price fo­cused on in her in­ter­view por­tion at the pageant: find­ing ways to trim pub­lic schools’ bud­gets in or­der to keep mu­sic de­part­ments alive.

Price said she be­lieves mu­sic ed­u­ca­tion pro­vides some­thing for ev­ery stu­dent, re­gard­less of abil­ity. It gives stu­dents an ac­tiv­ity to excel in if they are not do­ing well in other ar­eas of their lives. In ad­di­tion, Price said if stu­dents work on their mu­sic skills for three hours a week, they are four times more likely to score ad­vanced or pro­fi­cient on stan­dard­ized tests.

Ts shows like “Tod­dlers & Tiaras” may have given a bad name to pageants, but Price said there are a lot of mis­con­cep­tions about the hobby.

“There are or­ga­ni­za­tions that are ex­actly the stereo­type, but luck­ily with the Miss Amer­ica Or­ga­niza- tion, there’s so much more be­hind it,” Price said.

She ref­er­enced the four points of the Miss Amer­ica crown that stand for schol­ar­ship, ser­vice, success and style.

“In­stead of just look­ing su­per hot in a bikini, you have the op­por­tu­nity to look great and feel good about your­self, but also to take that to a whole other level by im­ple­ment­ing your plat­form and hav­ing a pos­i­tive im­pact on not only girls but also boys in the com­mu­nity,” she said.

To pre­pare for the pageant, Price said she spent a lot of time with her fa­ther se­lect­ing out­fits for the com­pe­ti­tion. She needed to find a swim­suit, an in­ter­view out­fit, an open­ing num­ber gown, an evening gown and a gown for her tal­ent por­tion. Price ad­mit­ted it’s a pretty ex­pen­sive hobby, though she has spon­sors who help de­fray some of the costs.

Price also prac­ticed her tal­ent and pre­pared for the in­ter­view por­tion of the pageant where she could be asked about any­thing hav­ing to do with r.S. and world pol­i­tics or global is­sues.

What was more nerve-wrack­ing than the in­ter­view por­tion was the on-stage ques­tion, in which con­tes­tants must put to­gether a wellar­tic­u­lated an­swer in 30 sec­onds be­fore a crowd.

Price was so ner­vous at the time that she said she can’t even re­mem­ber what the ques­tion was that she had to an­swer.

From par­tic­i­pat­ing in pageants, the Perkasie na­tive said she gained a sense of con­fi­dence and a sis­ter­hood.

“I like to say that I be­long to the most elite soror­ity that you could ever be­long to,” she said, com­pli­ment­ing her “sis­ter queens.”

Her ad­vice for young girls who may be in­ter­ested in pageantry is: Be your­self.

“As cliché as it sounds, that’s what makes the judges fall in love with you,” she said.

Price said her fam­ily is proud of her, but they are also sur­prised with her achieve­ments.

“I think ev­ery time I win, they can’t be­lieve it,” she said. “My fa­ther didn’t even take a photo of the crown go­ing on my head. His cam­era wasn’t even out. They’re so funny.”

To be fair, her fa­ther might not have thought her daugh­ter would win be­cause of Price’s fall — a pageant girl’s night­mare — dur­ing the swim­suit por­tion of the pageant. Still, Price kept her con­fi­dence and her head up.

“The judges look for some­one who can bounce right back and be fine af­ter­ward. Per­sis­tence and try­ing to do your best and not let­ting any­thing hold you back is what I think is the most im­por­tant thing a per­son can do,” she said.

Price must be right, as she won the crown and pres­ti­gious ti­tle of Miss Mid­state.

The first thing she did af­ter her win?

“I ate lots of bread.”

Submitted photo

Erin Price, right, stands with Miss Mid­state Out­stand­ing Teen Chan­dler Swift af­ter she won the ti­tle of Miss Mid­state at the Harrisburg pageant in Jan­uary.

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