Eight-year-old Kennedy Furano has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Ohio Pageant to be held July 27 and 28 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Columbus. The pageant is held for girls ages seven through nine.
The winner of the pageant will receive $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant at Disneyland in California. Pageants are held for girls ages four to eighteen, in five age groups.
Kennedy will be a fourth-grader at Robinwood Lane Elementary in the fall and her activities include soccer and volunteering for the Boardman Relay for Life. She also enjoys school, playing with her friends and traveling with her family. She is the daughter of Carl and Sandy Furano of Boardman.
The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's greatness and encouraging its future leaders. Each year, the pageant awards thousands in scholarships and prizes to recognize and assist in the development of young women nationwide. All activities are age-appropriate and family-oriented.
The National American Miss pageants are for "Today Girl" and "Tomorrow's Leaders." The pageant program is based on inner beauty, as well as poise and 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.