While most other local kids are engaged in summertime activities this weekend, Dava Corcoran, a 12-year-old Springs student, will be donning her floor-length evening gown, and no, she isn’t attending one of the plethora of black-tie benefits on the South Fork. She has been chosen as a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant, to be held on Saturday and Sunday at the Marriott Hotel in Brooklyn.
Dava, who is entering seventh grade next month, is “totally excited” about the pageant, which is held for girls ages 4 to 18 in five age brackets. She will be competing in the 10-to-12 division, along with other young ladies from across New York State.
Dava’s dress is purple, “with jewels on it,” she said. She purchased it, along with a suit for the interview portion of the pageant, at T.J. Maxx in Manhattan.
The National American Miss Pageant awards $1.5 million a year in scholarships, cash, and other prizes, and keeps its activities and competitions age-appropriate. There is no swimsuit competition, and girls under 12 are not allowed to wear makeup. The pageants are, according to the organization’s Web site, “dedicated to celebrating America’s greatness and encouraging its future leaders.” Emphasis is put on developing self-confidence and learning good sportsmanship, along with setting and achieving personal goals.
The winner of this weekend’s pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California.
“They pay for your airfare and your hotel-ing,” Dava said with excitement.
She said the interview part of the competition was “pretty easy,” with a lot of questions, such as “If you were a superhero, who would you