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Woodbury resident Caleigh Proulx, 6, has been named 2014 Miss Minnesota Princess by the National American Miss pageant and will compete in the national pageant this November at Disneyland. (Submitted photo)

Woodbury girl to vie for American Miss title

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Woodbury girl to vie for American Miss title
Woodbury Minnesota 8420 City Centre Drive 55125

Woodbury has another princess in its midst.

Woodbury resident Caleigh Proulx, 6, has been named the 2014 Miss Minnesota Princess by the National American Miss pageant.

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Proulx, who will be a second grader at Nova Classical Academy, competed in the state pageant June 4-6 in Bloomington. She will next head to the national pageant this November at Disneyland.

“It was a lot of fun,” Proulx said.

Her biography lists that she loves to dance, watch television, play dress-up and help others.

When she grows up she wants to become a fashion designer.

National American Miss

National America Miss (NAM), according to the website, is the largest pageant in the country and aims to grow confidence in girls and women.

The pageant is split up into seven categories – princess, junior pre-teen, pre-teen, junior teen, teen and miss.

NAM is a natural pageant, which means contestants in the lower age categories are not allowed to have makeup, extensions or false eyelashes.

In order to qualify for the state pageant, Caleigh first had to submit her resume, an essay and a picture of herself. Additionally, she had to participate in a phone interview.

Caleigh said she wanted to compete in the NAM pageant because she wanted to get the crown, go to Disneyland and help others.

In fact, this is the second year that Caleigh has participated in NAM.

“She was just set on winning that title,” said her mother, Christina Proulx.

The pageant is divided into three areas: a 30-second personal introduction, on-stage interview and formal wear.

However, there are a number of optional contests that girls can compete in. For Caleigh, she took first place in talent, casual wear, a “thank-you” portion, Most Promising Model and Spirit of America. She also took third place in the photogenic category.

“My favorite part was when I got to do my talent,” Caleigh said of her tap dance routine.

Caleigh will be competing in all of the same categories at the national pageant; however a new category, volunteer work, will be added.

For her volunteer project, Caleigh is captaining a team for the 2014 Stroll for Epilepsy, which will be Aug. 7 at Lake Phalen in St. Paul. Her team name is “Team Tiara.”

Caleigh and Christina said epilepsy is something that is near and dear to their hearts since Caleigh was diagnosed with epilepsy in kindergarten after having a seizure.

“I want kids like me to know that anything is possible,” Caleigh said in her biography.

The Stroll for Epilepsy benefits the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota and its mission to stop seizures, find a cure and overcome the challenges created by epilepsy.

At the national pageant, Caleigh will be competing for $500,000 in cash and prizes during the pageant. A Ford Mustang convertible is among the prizes.

Both Caleigh and Christina said they are ready to take on Disneyland and hopefully take the crown.

“This has definitely been a huge confidence boost for her,” Christina said, “and she’s coming into her own.”

Go to www.epilepsyfoundation.mn.org, click on the 2014 Stroll Tab and search “Caleigh Proulx” or “Team Tiara” to make a donation to Caleigh’s fundraising efforts. Donations can also be made at https://fundly.com/namcaleigh

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Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
(651) 702-0976
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