“I have always been the super bubbly girl who loves to talk; so this was perfect for me,” Inskip said.
She began preparing letters to potential sponsors in March attempting to raise the $500 needed to travel to Las Vegas this weekend for the competition, but she said her time spent in theater class will be most helpful to her.
“I have always been a confident girl, but theater helps take the butterflies in your stomach away,” she said. “Your body language gives away things and I have learned how to take that away and put forth the performance in these situations.”
Five age groups separate the 350 young women who are competing today and Sunday for a chance at $1,000 cash, several scholarship opportunities, a trip to Disneyland for the National Pageant and, Inskip’s personal favorite, a new Ford Mustang convertible.
The Reed High School sophomore will be competing in the Junior Teen division for 13, 14 and 15 year olds, which is the smallest age group, in terms of participants, at this year’s pageant.
“People will be able to see that I am capable of speaking in front of a crowd and the scholarship opportunities will really help down the road,” she said about the benefits of competing in the pageant. “I’m not really sure what I want to do when I am older. I am just hoping to get on top so that when the time comes I will be able to choose wherever I want to go.”
Heading into her sophomore year at Reed, Inskip was recently made a member of the Leadership Team which requires her to spend plenty of time on campus. She has also been busy preparing for volleyball season, a semester of honors classes and working in the Raider Mentor Program, which allows her to help underclassmen with their studies during the day. Though she has limited free time, she finds that working through all her commitments is easy with the right motivation.
“If you have confidence you can get anywhere. If you believe in what you’re doing then you will succeed,” Inskip said.
Inskip arrived at J.W. Marriot in Las Vegas on Friday where she took part in a few mock interviews similar to the official ones she will conduct Sunday. Her first optional competition, for scholarships and cash prizes, consists of acting in a brief commercial, followed by another optional competition where she will model her own casual outfit.
This evening she will cross the stage in her formal wear, while being escorted by her father for 30 percent of her overall score. Sunday morning she will be evaluated on the remainder of her score, which is comprised of an in-depth interview (30 percent), a personal introduction (30 percent) and her community involvement (10 percent).
In her anticipation of arriving in Las Vegas, Inskip said Friday that deciphering which part of the event she was most looking forward to was difficult.
“I think I am most excited to get in my dress and be pretty and dolled up on stage, but I am also excited for the optional competitions because those are fun and more challenging,” she said. “You have less of a chance at winning, but that is what’s so exciting about it.”