INDIANAPOLIS — Kokomo native ShaMiyah Gilliam will compete as a finalist in the National American Miss Indiana pageant next month.
Gilliam, 7, is a first grader in the KEY program at Sycamore International Elementary School. She enjoys fishing, reading, dancing, singing, riding bikes, gymnastics, baseball, Girl Scouts and swimming as well as attending church and helping others, especially her great-grandmother. She is the daughter of Shanique Gilliam.
Gilliam will compete in the pageant July 5 in Indianapolis. The National American Miss pageants are held for girls 4 to 18, with five different age divisions. Gilliam will be in the Miss Indiana junior pre-teen division.
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 a complimentary Tour of Hollywood and two VIP tickets to Disneyland.
The National American Miss Pageants are unique, as girls younger than 12 are not allowed to wear make-up and there is no swimsuit competition. Emphasis is placed on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship and setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant gives out more than $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes each year.