Long Grove Sophomore to represent Illinois at National American Miss Pageant

Miss Rachel Varghese, daughter of Joseph & Jinoo Varghese, and a Sophomore at Adlai E Stevenson High School, Lincolnshire, was crowned 2023 National American Miss Illinois Junior Teen Queen at the state pageant held September 1-4th at the beautiful Downtown Marriott in Indianapolis. She received her Official State Crown, Banner and Trophy. She also received a special invitation to compete at the National Pageant held during Thanksgiving Week in Orlando, Florida. At the pageant she also received Spokesmodel, Talent, Casual Wear & Photogenic awards.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the National American Miss Pageants awards 1.5 Million dollars in cash, scholarships, and prizes to recognize and assist the development of young women nationwide.

National American Miss is dedicated to developing the success of young women across our nation with a program that is designed to be age-appropriate and family-oriented. Pageants are held in each state for girls ages four to twenty-four in six different age divisions. Makeup is not allowed on contestants 12 and under.

The National American Miss Pageants are for "Today's Girl" and "Tomorrow's Leaders." The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise, presentation, and offers an "All American Spirit" of fun for family and friends. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, learning good attitudes about competition, and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant seeks to recognize the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for the future!

Miss Rachel Varghese's activities include Indian Classical Dance Bharatanatyam, Volunteering, Reading & STEM projects. Her sponsors for the pageant were Family & Friends

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