Recently crowned Elizabeth Medina will compete in the Miss Texas 2013 Pageant
Written by Kirsten Cornell | Photos by Mike Kass and Epic Event Photography
CY-FAIR, Texas (CFM) –When discussing pageantry, the image often conjured up is rows of glittering dresses, radiant smiles, and crowns adorned with dazzling gemstones. But as any contestant will tell you, it entails hard work, dedication, education, talent, and passion. “Preparing for a pageant is exactly like preparing for a job,” explains current reigning Miss Cy-Fair Houston Elizabeth Medina. “As a contestant, you are essentially asking for the job as the local or state titleholder. It’s important to remember that.”
Blaire Pancake is the co-executive director of the Miss Cy-Fair Houston Pageant and believes that having this local pageant highlights beautiful, educated, and serviceminded young women that today’s youth can look up to. “We have so many outstanding young women and future leaders in our community,” Pancake says proudly. “These women let the rest of Texas, and potentially the entire country, know about how great the Cy-Fair area truly is and the caliber of young women we have living and going to school here.”
Wall of Support
Growing up watching the Miss America Pageant on TV and practicing her own runway walk, Medina knew that someday she wanted to pursue that dream. This year, she decided to go all in and try out for the Miss Cy-Fair Houston Pageant.
“My mom, family, pageant sisters, and the directors really pushed me to work my hardest for the pageant,” says Medina. “It was really comforting to know that I had this wall of support behind me every step of the way.”
Perhaps one of the most exciting competition events is the talent portion. For hers, Medina chose to sing Jay Chou’s “Secret” and accompany it with her own piano skills. “This was actually a piece that I’ve been interested in playing since my sophomore year in high school,” explains Medina. “I thought of one of my dear friends, Rynae, who loves this piece. I decided I would not only play for the judges but for her as well.”
All of her hard work and dedication paid off as Medina was announced this year’s Miss Cy-Fair Houston and will compete in the Miss Texas competition held in Allen. “Everything felt unreal,” she recalls. “I was thankful, overcome with emotion, and I remember thinking, ‘Yes!’”
Originally created by the Cy-Fair Chamber of Commerce, they envisioned this being a great community event showcasing remarkable women and future leaders in the community. While it has accomplished its initial goal, this year they were given the opportunity to become a part of the Miss America Scholarship Organization, the largest scholarship organization for young women in the world.
Executive director Casey Cargle could not be more thrilled. “I think what most people do not realize is that to even qualify to compete, you have to be a student in good standing and be involved in community service,” explains Cargle.
The role of Miss Cy-Fair Houston is to be a role model and ambassador for the community and as a result of this partnership, it allows the Cypress community to receive statewide visibility. Pageant executives believe that Medina is the ideal canidate to represent Cy-Fair. “She is such an outstanding young woman. Not only is she talented and beautiful, but she is also a great student, very well-spoken, and passionate about serving others,” says Cargle.
Laughs and Hairspray
Through her experiences in pageantry, Medina has discovered that competition does not have to be synonymous with bitterness or discouragement but just the opposite. “Backstage we were all laughs and hairspray. The girls that I competed with were funny, sweet, and supportive throughout all phases of the competition,” Medina recalls.
Confidence and character-building are key factors developed by participants, and all walk away with broadened horizons and new friendships.
Medina encourages other young women interested in pageantry to give it their all and never let others discourage them. “Try your hardest, have fun, and remember that if the results don’t go exactly the way you wanted them to, that just means you have more time to grow, practice, and knock the socks off the judges next time.”