By ELLY GRIMM
• Leader & Times
Pageants attract many women to compete in them and rarely does one hear of a pair of sisters competing in the same one.
However, 2014 Miss Liberal Emily Bayouth and her younger sister, Sarah, will be competing in separate divisions of the Miss Kansas pageant, set to take place in Pratt next week.
Emily said her interest in pageants was spurred by her mother and also because it was something she had never done before.
“It was new, and I wanted to try it and get outside of my bubble that I’d been in. I wanted to try something different,” she said. “I thought it was a great opportunity, and it was something I had not done before. I was like ‘well, let’s grow up and try something different,’ so my mom really pushed me to get out there and do it.”
While Emily will be competing in the Miss division of the Miss Kansas pageant, Sarah will be competing in the Teen division. Sarah said she was inspired to sign up for the teen division of the pageant after Emily’s crowning as Miss Liberal in March.
Sarah’s platform is Take Out the Trash, which was inspired by a video she watched while in her high school English class. She will also be a performing a jazz dance routine to the number “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody.”
“What I mean by Take Out the Trash is focus on the future and not the past, like learn from your mistakes and helping kids get past and moving on with their life and being a better person,” Sarah explained.
Both sisters said they were excited to be competing together, and they have helped each other out with preparations.
“We both wear the same size shoes so when I was out of town shopping for shoes, I’d try them on and I’d send her pictures and be like ‘hey do you like these? You could wear them,’ so that’s been kind of fun,” Emily said. “And we’ve helped each other with paperwork and that kind of stuff.”
Both Bayouths also said the work begins right away after they arrive in Pratt with rehearsals and meetings and the like. They said they are prepared for the long week that awaits them.
The pageant is rewarding in another way – scholarships for the young women who compete. Lu Haynes, executive director of the Miss Liberal pageant, said there is more than $3 million in scholarship money given out to contestants, including a $1,000 scholarship to all entrants. The scholarships are for individual colleges and cover areas like music, arts, medicine and teaching certificates.
“I’m excited – there’s 31 girls in the Miss division and so I’m ready to compete and just go out there and do the best I can,” Emily said. “If I were to come back with the Miss Kansas title, that’d be outstanding.”
Keep updated by Emily and Sarah at pageants
Emily and Sarah will be keeping family, friends and well wishers updated during their trip to Pratt for the pageants on their thread on the Leader & Times Facebook page. Not only will they be letting everyone know what’s happening, they will try to answer some of their fans’ questions if time allows. Be sure to go to https://www.facebook.com/LeaderandTimes on Facebook and stay tuned to the Bayouth sisters all next week. They leave Liberal Sunday. Best of luck ladies.