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Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant<br> Dianne Dominy-Director


Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant
Dianne Dominy / Director

Hello,
Welcome to the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Scholarship Pageant and to our website. The Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Queens serve as "Host City Queens" to the Miss GA Forestry State Scholarship Pageant.

I was contacted in 1989 to take over the Directorship of the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant. I was truly honored to be offered this opportunity. I have grown so much as an individual while directing the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant and have gained such a wonderful family outside my own family through the Georgia Forestry Pageant families on the Local and State levels. I also took over the directorship of the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant in 1997, but continue to direct the Local Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant. I have watched young ladies grow into well balanced individuals through this program and have seen many be able to further their education that may not have had this opportunity. I know, first hand, that this is a great program for young ladies and I have committed my work to encouraging excellence in young women for over sixteen years. Similarly, through the Miss Georgia Forestry Pageant and Educational Association, Inc., during the past eight years under my directorship, I felt it was a wonderful opportunity to encourage more young women to push themselves to be their personal best! I am very excited to be a part of the Tift County Forestry Pageant!

The purpose of the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant from the beginning has been for this program to provide a fair environment in which young women have the opportunity to better themselves, provide educational opportunities to young ladies, and promote Georgia's Number One Industry, Forestry for Tift County. I hope the Tift County Forestry Pageant encourages the Tift County contestants to gain awareness of their self, confidence in themselves, pride in themselves, and develop social awareness. I hope each Tift County Forestry contestant improves their ability to communicate effectively, to speak in front of people, and to stand up for what they believe in. We encourage our Tift County Forestry contestants to find issues they feel strongly about, and to become involved in organizations and causes that speak to their hearts and promote these issues while promoting the Tift County Forestry Industry. Each Tift County Forestry contestant who has entered our Tift County Forestry Pageant have had different goals and I will strive hard to assist each contestant in their personal quest for excellence. The Tift County Forestry Pageant represents one of the most elite organizations in the State of Georgia. It is my goal for contestants to be able to compete in a fun and safe environment. The Tift County Forestry Pageant promotes good sportsmanship and expects everyone involved to always conduct themselves in a professional manner by showing support and respect for their fellow contestants. The Tift County Forestry Rangers always meet the queens at each event, eager and ready to treat them like true royalty. The Rangers always lend a helping hand in helping these queens to successfully promote the Tift County Forestry Industry.

Awards: The Georgia Forestry Pageant has been named to Who's Who and this honor is registered in the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. I have been named one of the top Women in America for my volunteer work through pageantry. The Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant is an approved preliminary pageant to the Miss GA Forestry State Scholarship Pageant. The Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Queens have performed well at the Miss Georgia Forestry State Pageant with the Tift County Pageant producing State Forestry winners, runnerups, and many top 10 finalists.

The pageant was started in 1990 to offer educational opportunities to young ladies while promoting Georgias Number One Industry-Forestry for Tift County. To hold a Georgia Forestry title on the local or state level is very prestigious, indeed. The Forestry Queens represent Georgia's forestry industry with it being a 30 billion dollar industry for Georgia. The Tift County Forestry Pageant treats all the Tift County Forestry Queens from Teeny Miss to Miss equally, and as a mother of three daughters that competed at a younger age, I can appreciate this opportunity because not many pageants include these opportunities for the younger contestants. The Miss Tift County Forestry Pageant promotes the younger divisions right along with the Miss Queen. When you win a Tift County Forestry Pageant, your crown and banner doesn't sit on a shelf, you are seen in public and are known as a Tift County Forestry Queen. Many contestants compete in pageants for the crown, for the prizes, for the appearances, for the publicity, for the scholarships, for the fun, to make new friends, and for the opportunity to grow with self confidence. The Tift County Forestry Pageant is proud to offer all of these opportunities. The Tift Forestry Pageant has been blessed with the ability to give such a large prize package and scholarship program and for that we are very grateful. Please click on the link at the bottom to see our prize package that we gave to all our queens at the 2006 pageant.

The Tift County Forestry Pageant provides a fun and safe environment for our contestants. We do not allow video cameras or photo cameras at our pageants. This is to provide a safe environment for our contestants. If we allow anyone to take pictures, who else could be taking pictures of your children and where could your child's picture end up? Our rule is for the protection of each contestant. As a parent, I believe every parent should be grateful that the Tift County Forestry Pageant cares enough about the safety of your child to take these extra precautions.

The Tift County Forestry Queens never have to get out and find appearances, ask someone to let them appear, or to be able to wear their crown and banner. Appearances of all the Tift County Forestry Queens are set up by our committee, and Queens have professional built floats waiting on them when they arrive. Through the many appearances and opportunities received by the Tift County Forestry Queens, they grow tremendously in self confidence, not to mention developing strong public speaking skills. Through all of these events, they have a great time and make many friends. I have this motto with pageants: Trophies and crowns will tarnish, but friends will last a lifetime. The Forestry Pageants, on the local and state pageant levels, are a family that support each other. We believe in strong family values and our appearances are events that are entertaining for all the family members. Click on the link below to see the many fun things that Miss Tift County Forestry gets to participate in and Click on the link below to see the many fun things that Teeny, Tiny, Little, Junior, and Teen Miss Tift County Forestry Queens get to participate in.

We work with our queens on these appearances, and we do realize that there are some things more important. We are an Educational Association, and we support education, so therefore we work with our queens on their schedules around school activities. The Tift County Forestry Pageant has opened many doors for our queens, with all of the queens becoming successful in life.

I am pleased that a large number of Tift County Forestry contestants each year have never been in a pageant, and they find it to be a rewarding and worthwhile experience with many wanting to return the next year. Many Tift County Forestry contestants have won their first time out, and many others return because of the positive experience they had in our Tift County Forestry Pageant. I like to think that each Tift County Forestry contestant walks away from the Tift County Forestry Pageant a little more ready to deal with the world around her, and more importantly, the world ahead of her. We take pride in our Tift County Forestry Queens and their accomplishments. We are proud to say many of our queens went on to do well in many other pageants such as winning or placing in many large pageant systems, with many competing in the Miss USA and Miss Georgia systems this upcoming year. Not one, but all our queens went on to become successful individuals in their life goals. We hope the Tift County Forestry Pageant helped prepare them for these pageants and their life endeavors.

My philosophy for the Miss Tift County Forestry Pageant program is not about encouraging contestants to worry about winning the crown, but to encourage contestants to develop life skills that will ultimately help them win in life by being their personal best in everything they do, to be dependable and dedicated individuals, and to learn and support their fellow mankind. We have many contestants who have never spoke in public or during an interview. That is where the educational part of our pageant begins; we are there to teach each contestant how to speak and perform well in their interview prior to their interview competition. With this in mind, everyone comes out a winner because they have learned how to speak fluently in front of others. The Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant holds a free workshop for the contestants prior to our local pageant where mock interviews are performed. Contestants are taught how to give a speech, how to interview with a panel of judges, attire, etiquette, as well as, all other phases of the competition. Also added to the educational part of the Forestry Pageant is to offer educational opportunities to our winners while educating our society on the importance of protecting our most valuable resource, Trees.

The Tift County Forestry Pageant is not a weekend pageant and we are not a commodity pageant. We are a state sanctioned educational preliminary scholarship pageant that promotes Forestry, locally. The winners receive their entry fees paid to represent Tift County at the Miss GA Forestry State Scholarship Pageant. The Georgia Forestry Pageant offers over $60,000.00 in college scholarships yearly on the local and state levels.

Most people ask themselves before entering any pageant, what is the purpose of this pageant, what am I going to get out of this pageant, and what will I represent? We can tell you if you have the opportunity to hold the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling title or represent our county or college at the State Pageant, you will have the opportunity that not every girl in the State of Georgia gets.

Why do we hold the pageant:
Although our queens compete in other pageants, we hold the pageant to crown an Ambassador for the Tift County Forestry Industry, to promote Forestry for Tift County, and yes, we do expect our Queens to promote Tift County Forestry. If we didnt expect this, there would be no need in hundreds of people across the State of Georgia volunteering their time to produce the Forestry Pageants, there would be no need of local sponsors sponsoring the program, there would be no need in thousands of dollars being spent on floats and appearances. We are more than just giving crowns and trophies, we believe the Tift County Forestry Pageant offers once in a lifetime experiences and opportunities for many queens on the local level. Many think if you hold a Forestry title, you can't compete in other pageants. NOT TRUE! You can compete in other pageants, you just have to promote Forestry. These are not new rules, these rules have been in affect from the beginning.

What to expect at the Tift County Forestry and Pine Seedling Pageant:
Teeny, Tiny, Little, Junior, Teen, and Miss will have rehearsal on February 23, 2007. Teeny and Tiny will compete on February 24, 2007 at 5:00 P.M. and Little, Junior, Teen, and Miss will compete on February 24, 2007 at 7:30 P.M. Teeny, Tiny, Little, and Junior will be scored a 1 to 10 on poise, personality, beauty, gown, and overall appearance. Their will 4 runner-ups and the queen named in each age division. All contestants will receive a trophy. The queens will receive a custom designed round crown with emerald and clear stones with a matching rhinestone sceptor and crowning pin, satin monogrammed banner, gifts, savings bonds, silver engraved tray, flowers, and entry fees paid to represent Tift County at the 68th Annual Miss GA Forestry State Pageant. We give more prizes on the local level than most pageants give on the state level.

The Teen and Miss will have interviews on February 24, 2007. Their will be a podium in the interview, Teen and Miss contestants will be taken in and introduced to the judges individually and at this time will give a one minute or less speech on the subject of your choice and immediately behind the speech the judges will begin a five minute interview. Teen and Miss will have an evening gown competition onstage the night of the pageant as well as an onstage question. This question will be the question the judges feel she answered the best in her interview. Ten and Miss contestants will be scored 50% interview, 25% platform speech, and 25% evening gown. The judges will not be scoring on what a contestant has done with her platform, but on the ability to speak and present her platform. All Teen and Miss contestants will receive a trophy. Teen and Miss Queens will receive custom designed round crown with emerald and clears stones with matching rhinestone sceptor and crowning pin, silver engraved tray, monogrammed satin banner, flowers, and their entry fees paid to represent Tift County at the 68th Annual Miss GA Forestry State Pageant. Teen Miss will receive a savings bond and Miss will receive a cash scholarship. The Miss Tift County Forestry Queen will also have her picture placed in different businesses throughout Tifton as well as on the Queen wall at the Tift County Forestry Unit. Again, we give more prizes on the local level than some pageants give on the state level.

Teen and Miss interviews are held at the Tift County Forestry Unit. Teeny, Tiny, Little, Junior, Teen, and Miss Pageants are held in beautiful downtown Tifton at the Tift Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Teeny, Tiny, Little, and Junior will only need a pageant dress or gown of their choice.

Teen and Miss contestants will need an interview suit and evening gown of their choice.

There will be five very qualified judges for the Teeny, Tiny, Little, Junior, Teen, and Miss Georgia Forestry competition.

How to Enter:
1. You can go to http://tiftforestry.tripod.com and print out an application. 2. Contact me at 229-386-2681 for an application.

Local Pageants for Teeny,Tiny, Little, Junior, and Teen are open to all counties. Miss contestants must reside, work, or attend school or college in Tift County.

After the Pageant: Queens are off to the GA Georgia Forestry State Pageant held in Tifton in June, but the week prior to state we host a huge send off party for our queens. We treat our queens like true royalty with gifts and flowers not only on the night they win, but all during the year.

Appearances in parades, radio, ribbon cuttings, and television.

Special Guest will be Smokey Bear whom the queens will work with during the year in promoting Tift County Forestry.

Conclusion:
Hopefully, our Tift County Forestry Pageant website has provided you with a sense of the Tift County Forestry Pageant, our beliefs, the purpose, and the many opportunities that it offers. We hope it has answered most of your questions about the pageant competition, as well. Nevertheless, we realize that there is no way we can answer all your questions and tell you how much we genuinely believe in the Tift County Forestry Pageant without speaking to you personally. Please don't hesitate to contact me at any time about your questions or concerns. Remember Theodore Roosevelt once said To exist as a nation, to prosper as a state, and to live as a people, we must have trees. The Tift County Forestry Queens have the opportunity to get this point across. The Georgia Forestry Industry is of vital importance to our world, we can live without a lot of things, but we can't live without trees. Many new and exciting events will be coming soon to the Georgia Forestry Pageant, and the Tift County Forestry Pageant is proud to be part of this outstanding pageant.

We sincerely hope that you will come and be part of our Tift County Forestry family!

God Bless,
Mrs. Dianne/Director

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