A collaborative between the local school system and Civitan Club recently showed that all young women can be princesses.
"The Miss Sparkles pageant was created for those students that receive special education services in the Dawson County School System," said Lisa Perry, an administrator with the school system and Civitan member.
The pageant was held in conjunction with the Miss Dawson County contests.
Hershel Bennett, director in the school system's office of exceptional children, said Miss Sparkles gave the young ladies the opportunity to experience a night that increased self-esteem and confidence.
"The girls were thrilled with the make-up and hair styling and the fact they were able to take the stage to overwhelming applause was priceless," he said.
Before going on stage, stylists from local salon Platinum Scissors, students studying cosmetology at Lanier Tech and Civitan members helped the participants with their hair and make-up.
The participants each received a tiara, sash and flowers. They were escorted onstage by cadets with Dawson County High's JROTC.
This year's participants were: Haylee LaFrance, Raven Samples, Lille Nichelson, Kyra Colvin, Annah Kuik, Rachel Shelp, Brenda Hunter, Hannah Pruett and JaMirah Hunter.
There were no judges and no one contestant was singled out as the winner, as pageant organizers said all the young ladies in Dawson County School's self-contained classes were eligible and encouraged to participate.
The princess court for Miss Sparkles has tripled since the pageant started in 2015.