Driesel will be in the sixth grade at Highland Middle School. This very talented young lady is a member of Hi-gate, a program for gifted and talented children, participates in gymnastics and cheer, softball, tennis and golf. Driesel also enjoys singing and meets with her singing coach Regina Stevens. She also attends First Baptist Church in Cherokee Village and enjoys playing with her two brothers.
The pageants Driesel competes in are far different from typical beauty pageants in which young girls wear makeup that make them look much older and more mature.
The National American Miss pageants in which Driesel participates focus on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation. These pageants place emphasis on helping the girls gain self confidence, learning new skills and good attitudes. The pageants strive to help young girls set future goals. The leadership based format of the pageants is one of the main reason's Driesel participates.
Each year the National American Miss pageants award $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and prizes nationally. As an added bonus for 2009, the pageant has added a 2009 Ford Mustang convertible as a prize.
Although she has competed in pageants since she was 5, this remarkably well spoken young lady won a runner-up position in a pageant hosted by the National American Miss in Rogers in 2008. As runner up, she was able to choose a town to represent, Driesel chose Ash Flat. From Rogers, Driesel competed in the National American Miss pageant June 28 and won the title of Miss Arkansas Pre-Teen. Due to the economy, the pageant association chose to forego the formal presentation and opt for an extensive phone interview, photos and a resume type submission.
Driesel will compete in the National Competition representing the state in Anaheim. Driesel said she had to submit essays for the pageant. One of her essays was about how to keep the school green and eco- friendly. Driesel said that she also works with children with cancer and when school starts she plans to begin a stuffed animal and book drive.
Driesel is very active in her community and helped with both the Sharp County Fair pageant on July 28 and in Saint Louis to help with the Missouri pageant hosted by National American Miss July 29.
She and her mother Deborah are currently canvassing the state seeking sponsors for her fall trip to Anaheim, Calif. Driesel explained that as the state queen she is required to attend the event or she must forfeit her crown. She said, "I am not going to do that." Her mother explained there is a lot of expense involved including airfare and Jessica said she would love for her dad Rob Driesel to be able to join her and her mother at the national pageant this year.
Any businesses or individuals interested in helping this young lady achieve her goal and be able to attend the event, call 866-253-8693 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.