For majority of students, the beginning of June marks the beginning of summer, but for junior Alysa Goethe, it means the week of the Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Pageant. Throughout her pageant career, Goethe has held several titles and competed at different pageants. Last year, she held the title of Miss Scott County’s Outstanding Teen. To compete on the state level again this year, she is Miss Eastern Iowa’s Outstanding Teen.
Goethe’s start in pageants began when she saw her cousin competing, and she wanted to join. She was also interested in singing on stage.
“Pageants help build self confidence and make you feel comfortable on stage. You also meet a lot of friends and get more comfortable with public speaking,” Goethe said.
Each pageant is comprised of seven categories: Interview, Evening Gown, Fitness, Talent, Platform, On Stage Question, and Scholastic Achievement. Goethe is involved in various music ensembles at school and shows this in pageants through her talent.
“Most recently I sang and played guitar to a version of ‘Radioactive’ by Imagine Dragons that I arranged myself,” Goethe said.
Each contestant in the pageant chooses a platform or issue that she deeply cares about to spread awareness.
Goethe drew from her own experiences with diabetes to raise awareness and educate others about the condition.
“I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes when I was 11 so I wanted to raise money for the cause,” Goethe said.
This year Goethe has raised about $3,000 through fundraisers at grocery stores and other local businesses, and she also participates in Walk for the Cure.
Goethe puts a lot of thought into what outfits and accessories she uses during the week of Miss Iowa.
“A lot of evening gowns are similar to prom dresses, and I just try to find something that makes me comfortable and shows me off in the best way possible. I also try to find dresses that I will want to wear again for other pageants or events,” Goethe said.
Despite the negative connotation that sometimes goes along with pageants, they can be a very rewarding experience for young women to grow and face challenges that come along with it. Goethe is involved in Concert Choir, Chamber Choir, Surround Sound, and National Honor Society at school and still finds time to enjoy pageants.
“There is the stress of pageant day because everything is happening so fast and you have to be ready for everything, but I love seeing my friends and getting to compete with them and seeing all the hard work pay off. My family is also always reassuring and pushes me to do my best and give 100 percent,” Goethe said.
The Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen pageant is associated with the Miss America program and is open to girls between the ages of 13 and 17. The winner of Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen will also get to compete at the national level at Miss America’s Outstanding Teen. The Miss Iowa and Miss Iowa’s Outstanding Teen pageant will take place June 22-24, 2017.