LIBERTY -- Nine-year-old Lauren Hight of Liberty, daughter of David and Patrice Hight, will be one of Ohio's representatives in the 19th annual national American Sweetheart Pageant.
The pageant is scheduled during Thanksgiving week at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Fla.
Lauren is the winner in the 7-to-9-year-old age group. Janae Potts of Cleveland is the winner in the 3-to-6-year-old age group, and Anshea Christian of Perrysburg is the winner among the 10-to-12-year-olds.
The girls are competing for more than $25,000 in cash scholarships and prizes in more than 10 categories of competition.
American Coed Pageants of Pensacola, Fla., sponsors pageants nationwide annually to recognize and reward outstanding young women between the ages of 3 and 21 for their accomplishments while encouraging them to set and achieve high goals for the future.