Middle school can be rough years, but a Goddard Middle School student used her moment in the spotlight to prove that it’s okay to be different and be proud of it.
Hannah Davis, 14 of Glendora, was one of 125 girls selected to compete in the Miss Teen Pasadena/San Bernardino Pageant Saturday at Chaffey High School in Ontario. Contestants were judged on personality, natural talent, charisma and modeling routines.
Davis, daughter of Councilmember Karen Davis, said she never competed in pageants before, but after some encouragement from friends and family, she applied. Out of 600 applicants, Davis was selected to represent Glendora in the pageant.
The honor roll student and school band member said she was initially nervous before the competition, but she didn’t experience any of catty competiveness among the contestants.
“It wasn’t anything like I expected,” said Davis. “Everyone was so nice and I made a lot of friends.”
During the interview portion of the pageant, Davis was asked what made her unique.
Recalling her experiences as a bullied teen, Davis said that she didn’t pay attention to the people who try to hurt her.
“I went through bullying, and I tried to stay strong, even through what people say,” said Davis. “I told the judges that I liked who I was and I wasn’t going to let people change that.”
Although she didn’t take the crown, Davis said that she would like to continue to compete in pageants.
Davis is looking forward to her freshman year at Glendora High School this fall where she said she hopes to take part in the school marching band and journalism program.