Burleson girl crowned Young Miss of Texas 2017
BURLESON – She’s only ten.
Yet, lifelong Burleson resident Lindy Harano, daughter of Michael and Suzanne Harano, seems to have already achieved that fragile balance – that certain “je ne sais quoi” – that eludes many people their entire lives.
Poise. Grace. Talent.
Lindy, a fifth grader at the Academy of Nola Dunn, was crowned Young Miss of Texas 2017 on Aug. 6 at the Wyndham San Antonio Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio.
She only achieved a great level of skill “after much training,” clarified her father, Michael.
Around age three, Lindy was still tripping over her own feet. Her parents placed her in dance class to help her get grounded.
“This happens with a lot of dancers,” Michael said. “They are clumsy when they are walking, but then they turn around and can suddenly float.”
The talent that eventually arose in Lindy was undeniable. With the support of her parents, this young girl expanded her portfolio to include pageants.
As for the Young Miss of Texas pageant, young ladies ages 7–18, are eligible to participate. This program culminates with a national Young Miss of America competition this November in Orlando, Florida. There, she will compete for over $30,000 in Scholarships, cash, travel and prizes
Lindy said she is having a wonderful time competing.
“This is something I really enjoy – getting to meet new people at these events and getting experience,” Lindy said.
But there are other aspects to competitions that she enjoys, as well.
“I like the sparkling crown, first of all,” the Disney fan said with a big smile. “Pageants seem like the best way to get one. I really like princesses.”
Indeed, she dreams of one day becoming the biggest princess of all – Miss Universe.
This wasn’t Lindy’s first competition. At age seven, she competed in the Texas portion of the National American Miss Pageant. She was named one of the Top 15 and a fourth runner up for the talent competition.
As Young Miss of Texas 2017, Lindy will serve as an inclusion ambassador for American Pageants’ charitable campaign – Special Olympics’ Spread the Word to End the Word. She will also compete in the national pageant in November.
Candidates vying for the title of Young Miss of America compete in four categories of judging: Scholastic Achievement, School and Community Activities, Personality Poise and Projection in Evening Wear, and Interview.
The scholastically-based pageant recognizes young women for their leadership abilities, artistic, creative or athletic talents and outstanding personal achievements.
Sunny Hill, president of the American Pageants Organization, was quick to point out in an issued statement that with no judging focused on beauty or attire, the pageant strives to promote confidence and an Accent on Achievement.
“This pageant is not a beauty pageant, with sixty percent of our judging completed prior to the judges even seeing the young ladies,” Hill stated in the release. “The American Pageants Organization highlights achievement and promotes confidence in the leaders of tomorrow.”
What that means, Lindy said, is there wasn’t a talent section of the contest: Just scholastic, interview and formal wear portions.
“I interviewed and introduced myself and did formal wear,” she said.
Lindy, who has an older brother, now practices dance for 14 hours a week – roughly three hours a day during the work week – in addition to her schoolwork and helping her mother out around the house.
“She’s danced with the same group of girls at (the) Artistic Motion (Dance Academy) in Burleson since she was three and has been a competitive dancer since she was five,” mother Suzanne said. “She really enjoyed the [team]competition, but wanted to do something else on her own.”
Suzanne has a proud array of vivid photos of her dancing, pageant-participating, daughter that graces their living room wall.
Lindy said she strove to be a supportive colleague for her fellow competitors when the names of winners were being announced at the end of her recent pageant.
She was so engrossed in being supportive, she nearly didn’t hear hear her own name called.
“I was telling others, ‘Congratulations,’ but then, realized, ’WAIT! THAT’S MY NAME,’” Lindy said.
American Pageants age divisions are as follows: Little Miss of America (ages 7-9), Young Miss of America (ages 10-12), Junior Miss of America (ages 13-15) and Miss Teen of America (ages 16-18), according to the organization.