WICHITA - Miss Nicole Barton, age 10, has been chosen as a state finalist in the National american Miss Kansas Pageant. The pageant will be held July 14 and 15, at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls age 4 to 18, and have five different age divisions. Nicole will be participating in the 10 to 12 age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across the state.

The winner of the pageant will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses, and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California, where she will receive an exciting complimentary tour of Hollywood and a VIP ticket to Disneyland.

The National American Miss pageants are dedicated to celebrating America's future leaders and equipping them with life-long skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards 1.5 million dollars in cash, scholarships, and other prizes, which includes a new Ford Mustang convertible.

Miss Nicole's activities include softball, cheerleading, ambassador, and community activities. She also enjoys reading, science, outdoors, and hanging out with friends and family. Miss Nicole's sponsors include Roxana Zeigler, Sheri James, and Cody Rice.

-- Jordan Zabel is the managing editor for the Cherokee County News-Advocate. He can be emailed at jzabel@sekvoice.com.