Idaho's Miss Amazing Pageant

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by Maggie O'Mara

NWCN.com

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Updated Wednesday, Dec 4 at 3:17 PM

BOISE -- "It's been amazing, it feels good, I feel famous!" Courtney Schreiber and the other contestants of the Idaho Miss Amazing pageant are still over the moon, and so are the organizers.

The pageant celebrates the abilities of girls and women with disabilities.

Idaho's first ever Miss Amazing Pageant took place last weekend.

The event has been growing in popularity ever since Jennifer Claassen first brought the pageant to Idaho.

"I came across it on the internet and it's in 25 states and I saw that it wasn't in Idaho and I thought that is wrong, we need to bring this to Idaho," said Claassen.

This year's pageant featured 21 girls from around the state. On the big night, there was not a dry eye in the house.

"It's so inspirational to see these girls fight all their fears and just get out there," said co-organizer Rachel Kaufman.

One of those young women, is the talented Mia Homeister. For the talent portion of the competition, she rapped.

"I was thinking about myself and my special needs, and I just wanted to write about it, so other people can know about it," said Homeister. She has big goals, and this pageant has given her more confidence. "This may sound crazy, but I'd really like to be a famous rapper."

The first National Miss Amazing Pageant will take place at the end of August in Omaha, Nebraska. Organizers Claassen and Kaufman hope the Idaho queens will be able to make the trip to represent the state.

The 2013 pageant may be over, but the ladies are already preparing for 2014. And it's not too early to get involved.

You can learn more at the Miss Amazing Pageant website and the Idaho Miss Amazing Pageant Facebook page.

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