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Bright Spots in Home Schooling

August 5, 2002  

Kansas Jr. Miss Winner Home Schooled

Rachel Olds had a unique venue from which to promote home education recently, as a contestant in the National Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant in Mobile, Alabama.

The pageant, which took place in the final week of June, was for each of the state winners, and Rachel held that honor for her home state of Kansas. Each state winner had already received scholarship money as a prize, with more money available for national winners.

Rachel reports that she was met with the typically incredulous responses when she told people she is a home schooler.

"A lot of people would say that they can't believe it and that they always thought home schoolers acted differently," she said. "Then they would ask me about it and a lot of them would say, 'Oh, I wish I could do that.' It was great."

The competition included interviews, musical numbers, talent features and a number of social activities for the contestants. Rachel called the entire week a "wonderful" experience.

Rachel's mother, Kathy Olds, recommends such pageants to home schooling families.

"I know it's not for everybody, and some pageants are better than others, but when I found about Junior Miss, and their emphasis on talents and poise (and that they don't have a swimsuit contest), it seemed a good opportunity, and it turned out very well," Kathy said.

Rachel Olds plans to enroll at Patrick Henry College in the Fall of 2002.

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