Student Spotlight: Taylor Dyar
2009 Blount County Junior Miss Representative

Taylor (right) pictured with the 2009 Alabama Junior Miss and her roomate.

February 18, 2009
By Taylor Dyar

What is the Junior Miss program? Some think it is a pageant, but it is much more than that. It is not about how pretty you are, but who you are as a person. Junior Miss is about what really counts. Your morals, values, character, and who you are as a person and role model. I was honored to be the Blount County representative at the Alabama Junior Miss. At first I was nervous because I was going to be away from my family for ten days living with a different family and a roommate I had only met once before. Did I mention I could not carry my cell phone? The program was held in Montgomery, Alabama. My parents dropped me off on Friday, January 9th and I began a journey I will never forget.

In Junior Miss you compete in scholastics, interview, fitness, talent and self expression, which involves an on stage question. The actually event was January 16th and 17th. We spent the week prior to that rehearsing the dance routines that we would perform. I am sure by now you are thinking that this sounds like a lot of work and not a lot of fun, but that was not the case. Yes, we did work extremely hard and by the end of the day we were worn out. However, the friendships we formed and the memories we made are so much more important. There were 53 girls from counties all over Alabama. I can honestly say that they are all wonderful and I am proud to know all of them.

Everyone on the Alabama Junior Miss board is sweet and caring. They are all volunteers and are truly compassionate about the program. The Junior Miss program awards millions of dollars in scholarship money all across the United States. It is a once in a lifetime opportunity because only high school senior girls can participate in it. Blount County did not have a representative last year because not many girls know about the program. I want to encourage every junior girl to go for it. It may seem like a lot of work, but it is something you will never forget. If anyone has any questions about getting involved in the Junior Miss program feel free to ask me. You can also email me at I would love for Blount County to have a 2010 representative.