4 local girls take top prizes in Pageant

July 10, 2011 • Local News

Three girls from Roswell and one from Artesia won top prizes at the Cinderella Pageant in Albuquerque last month, and three of them will represent New Mexico in Las Vegas, Nev., during the pageant’s international competition.

Frieda Sisneros, New Mexico state director for the Cinderella Pageant, said the three Roswell girls to win titles were Jaycee Morgan, 6, who won Overall Tot; Asa Gibbs, 15, who won Beauty in the teen division; and McKaylee Todd, 14, who was given the New Mexico State [auth] Ambassador title, Cinderella Teen, Cover Girl and Community Support. Emily Zottneck, 11, of Artesia, won the Overall Cinderella Miss title. Sisneros said she chose Todd to be ambassador.

“I select a girl who exhibits the true Cinderella spirit,” Sisneros said.

McKaylee’s mother, Sherri Todd, said the requirements for Cinderella Ambassador include a friendly personality and to have been involved with the pageant for some time. McKaylee’s been competing since the age of 18 months.

Winning Cover Girl involved taking photographs to sponsor businesses; Community Support was based on the number of sponsors McKaylee had — 13. Sherri Todd said McKaylee has twice the number of sponsors now.

“It’s good for making friends,” Todd said of the pageant. “It’s good for communication skills.” Tammy Morgan, Jaycee’s mother, said her daughter is a rising first-grader at El Capitan. For now, the pageant is helping the youngster go to college. “If she wins (the finals competition) she wins a $2,000 scholarship,” Morgan said.

Jessica Zottneck, Emily’s mother, said Roswell is Artesia’s delegation site; therefore, Emily competed in Roswell and won the Roswell Cinderella Miss title. She said Emily has honed public speaking skills not only during the pageants but also while searching for sponsors and doing fundraisers. According to the Cinderella Pageant website, the International finals will be in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 24-29.

Contestants are still searching for sponsors. For information on how to sponsor the Roswell and Artesia contestants, Email pickyprincess_17@

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