There was plenty of singing, dancing and even joke telling on stage in the Harbor Creek High School auditorium as friends and family came out to cheer the participants in the annual Miss Shining Star Pageant.
Nearly 30 girls and women with special needs took the stage by themselves or with a group, to showcase their talents. Organizers say Miss Shining Star began when Harbor Creek student became frustrated that people with special needs aren't always accepted, and she wanted a night that would be all about the girls.
The pageant is now in it's fourth year, and put on my the Harbor Creek High School debate team. They say the girls talk about this pageant all year long. And seeing them perform, is makes all the hard work, well worth it.
"It's the excitement of the girls that just spur us onto finish all the little last minute details that we have to do," said Julie Gillespie, a Harbor Creek High School teacher. "So its really their joy and their infectious love that we just keep doing what we're doing. They're awesome."
This year, the competition was so stiff, that judges couldn't narrow it down to one winner and all the girls were crowned Miss Shining Star 2013.
Gillespie said the girls are already looking forward to doing this again next November.