Local 3rd grader to compete in nationals

Zoe Allen

BROADALBIN — A third-grade student here will travel to Hollywood, Calif., to compete in the National American Miss pageant.

Zoe Allen, who will turn 8 in September, won the opportunity by having the best resume out of more than 40 girls at the state level in Rochester in July.

The state competition took into account academics, sports and other extracurricular activities, and community service, said her mother, Jessica.

The pageant is aimed at “promoting confidence, poise, being able to speak up for yourself, and being an all-around good person,” she said.

Zoe “just likes getting out there and performing,” whether it be singing, tap dancing or hulla-hooping,” Jessica said.

The child is no stranger to pageants since she was first runner-up for princess in the 2017 Miss Fonda Fair competition. She will be in the Railfest pageant in Gloversville and won Miss Sweetheart in the International Boys and Girls Pageant in Sullivan County and a third place in the follow-up international pageant in White Plains.

In the White Plains program, her brother Tyler, a B-P freshman, won the interview portion and second place overall. Tyler will be going to Los Angeles in December to compete in the iPOP program by performing in a monologue, sitcom and commercial in the hopes of gaining an entree into television and show business, Jessica said.

Jessica said Zoe’s brother is an inspiration for her and they sometimes make You-Tube videos together.

For two years, the two were in a B-P team in the Odyssey of the Mind competition, and for the past three years, their team made its way to the state competition in Binghamton, she said.

Zoe received no formal preparation for pageants, but “she just practices in the living room,” Jessica said.

“We’re super-excited for them.”

“I feel good and was so happy,” Zoe said about going to the Hollywood event.

She said she likes the experience of participating in pageants and that “I get to make new friends.”

“You get to do your favorite talent, and I love practicing stuff.”

Zoe and her brother will perform in the musical “Willie Wonka Kids” at the Glove Performing Arts Center, 42 N. Main St., Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 1 to 4. Times will be 7 p.m. for the first three days and 2 p.m. on Sunday.

By Josh Bovee

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