By MIKE CHAIKEN
A Southington girl is headed to Hollywood, Calif., where she dreams of winning the big crown.
Kylie Watson, a first grader at Plantsville Elementary School, was crowned Miss Southern New England Miss Princess Queen at the 2015 National American Miss (NAM) state pageant in Springfield, Mass. from July 25 to 27.
Kylie, 6, will now be heading to Hollywood for the national competition.
This was Kylie’s second trip to the state NAM pageant. Last year, she reached the top 10.
Kylie, the daughter of Cathy and Eric Watson, said she wanted to compete again for the state crown (she actually will represent Connecticut and Rhode Island) because “I like trying stuff again and not giving up.” She said it’s important reach your goal.
When she found herself on stage in Springfield, and when she learned she was a winner, Kylie said, “I’m thinking to myself that I’m proud of myself that I decided to do this pageant.”
In addition to last year’s NAM event, Kylie has done a few other pageants. She competed in the Miss Holiday pageant, and she was crowned Miss Perfect Mini Miss and Miss Southington Relay for Life Grand Supreme.
Kylie said she likes participating in pageants because she likes meeting the other girls. She also likes getting dressed up.
For the nationals of NAM, Kylie’s mom, Cathy, said the family will be going to Hollywood. While there, she said, the girls competing will spend a day at Disneyland and will take a tour of Hollywood. “There are lots of fun things for the girls there,” she said.
Although the national pageant isn’t for a few more months, Kylie already has picked out her dress. She said she liked her dress because “I kind of like the feel of it.”
“I like the colors of it,” added Kylie. “The dress is pink and blue. I like pink, but blue is my favorite.”
Although some pageant girls enter to the contests become big stars, Kiley’s ambitions are more modest. “I’m just doing it to have fun.”
Eventually, Kylie—who also sings, dances, swims, and participates in Girl Scouts—said she would like to be a veterinarian. “I love animals,” said Kylie, who has a pet rabbit and rides horses at a local stable.
Kylie said she rides English style. And she likes riding horses because “I like to go fast and get to sit on them and have fun.”
Kylie also is active in the community. “I do something called Bows for the Cure. And I’m going to collect some toys for the children in the (Connecticut Children’s Medical Center).”
Cathy said, for Bows for the Cure, Kiley will be making and selling bows. She will then donate the proceeds to Relay for Life. The toy collection is currently underway and will continue through November.
As NAM approaches, Kylie said, “I want to win.”
And if she wins, she said, “I would feel really happy.”
For more information about the National American Miss pageants, go to www.NAMiss.org.