Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss com­pe­ti­tion in Cal­i­for­nia awaits De­catur con­tes­tant

Westside Eagle-Observer - - FRONT PAGE - By Mike Eck­els meck­

DE­CATUR — Part of ev­ery lit­tle girl’s dream is to be­come ei­ther a princess, a beauty queen or a su­per­model. For one De­catur girl, the dream of be­com­ing a model is one step closer to be­com­ing a re­al­ity.

Bethany Rober­son, a na­tive of De­catur, was the fifth of 10 fi­nal­ists in the Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss com­pe­ti­tion held at the Four Points by Sher­a­ton in Bentonville on June 30.

Bethany was one of 62 girls com­pet­ing for a chance to com­pete in the na­tional events in Ana­heim, Calif., this Novem­ber.

“I was the fifth fi­nal­ist called out at the end of the night,” Bethany re­calls. “I was ex­cited be­cause I knew that I was go­ing to Cal­i­for­nia be­cause only the top five fi­nal­ists go to the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion au­to­mat­i­cally.”

Dur­ing the three-day event, Bethany won five tro­phies, for out­stand­ing program par­tic­i­pa­tion, Spirit of Amer­ica, top model fourth run­ner-up, ca­sual-wear model­ing sec­ond run­ner-up, best thank you first run­ner-up and most ticket sales. She also won five rib­bons, a vol­un­teer ser­vice award, a crown and a sash.

Bethany is the 15-year-old daugh­ter of Tim and San­dra Bot­toms of Gen­try and grand­daugh­ter of John­nie and Mary Lou Janes of De­catur. Bethany

lives in De­catur with her grand­par­ents but at­tends Gen­try High School where she is in her sopho­more year. She was one of six con­tes­tants in this year’s Miss De­catur Barbecue Pageant atVeter­ans Park in De­catur Aug. 5.

The Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss pageant was founded in 2003 and is “ded­i­cated to cel­e­brat­ing Amer­ica’s great­ness and en­cour­ag­ing its fu­ture lead­ers. Each year, the pageant awards $1 mil­lion in cash, schol­ar­ships and prizes to rec­og­nize and as­sist the de­vel­op­ment of young women na­tion­wide” (www.

Now that the pre­lim­i­nar­ies are com­pleted, Bethany’s next big step on the road to Ana­heim is to raise money. In to­tal, Bethany needs to raise close to $4,500 for trans­porta­tion and other ex­penses.

“I’m go­ing to try to do what I didn’t get to do at the Barbecue,” said Bethany. “I will hold a bake sale and yard sale to start with. I will also work to get dona­tions and sell spon­sor­ship pages for the pageant’s year book.”

The year book chron­i­cles the pageant’s many ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the coun­try and fea­tures each con­tes­tant. There are var­i­ous lev­els of spon­sor­ship that Bethany will try to sell to in­di­vid­u­als and lo­cal busi­nesses.

“It’s $20 if you just want to sign your name and $25 if you have a busi­ness stamp,” Rober­son said. “It is $75 if some­one wants to put their busi­ness card (2x3 inches), which will be en­tered into the year book. Over 80,000 books will be sent, which is a great way for any busi­ness to get ex­po­sure.”

Should Bethany win the pageant, which takes place Nov. 21-26 (Thanks­giv­ing week), she would win a $2,000 cash schol­ar­ship and an all-ex­penses-paid trip to com­pete in ei­ther the Miss U.S.A, Miss Amer­ica, or any other pageant of her choos­ing.

Bethany is well on her way to achiev­ing her goals of be­com­ing a model, ac­tress or even a de­liv­ery room nurse. Last year she re­ceived her cer­ti­fi­ca­tion as a runway model, so she is well on her way of achiev­ing her dreams. With the hard work and de­ter­mi­na­tion she puts be­hind this and many other en­deav­ors, it may be pos­si­ble the headline could read, “Small­town De­catur girl be­comes next su­per­model.”

If you wish to make a do­na­tion or to pur­chase a spon­sor­ship for Bethany Rober­son’s Ana­heim trip to the Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss con­test, call 479-616-0965.

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Rid­ing on the hood of her fa­ther Tim Bot­toms’ 1955 Chevro­let Bel-Air, Bethany Rober­son throws candy to chil­dren lining Main Street for the 2017 De­catur Barbecue Pa­rade on Aug. 5. Bethany was one of six area girls who com­peted for the ti­tle of Miss...

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Bethany Rober­son of De­catur walks across the stage at Vet­er­ans Park dur­ing the 2017 Miss De­catur Barbecue con­test in De­catur on Aug. 5. The gown seen here was the same one she wore dur­ing the re­gional com­pe­ti­tion for the Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss con­test...

Photo by Mike Eck­els

Bethany Rober­son dis­played her many rib­bons, tro­phies, crown and sash she won dur­ing the re­gional con­test for Na­tional Amer­i­can Miss com­pe­ti­tion in Bentonville on June 30.

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