Over weekends, children and teens have many activities in which they participate; sports, video games, reading, swimming and more. However, one local youth in particular spent a recent weekend competing in the Miss Utah Teen International Pageant.
MaKinzey Cross, Miss Teen Bruin Point International, was invited to take part in the pageant. At fourteen years of age, she was the second youngest competitor. As Miss Bruin Point International, Cross chose her platform as, “There’s No Excuse for Domestic Abuse.”
Through her platform, she has partnered with the local Children’s Justice Center. She visits the center, speaking with children that have experienced domestic abuse situations. Cross also assisted in the center’s Community Back to School Clothing Drive as well as its annual Christmas party. She has also partnered with and job shadowed the victims advocate. Cross worked closely with the local women’s shelter and the domestic violence coalition as well.
Cross took time to host an assembly at Mont Harmon to give a lecture on violence and teen dating. She also spoke to a handful of classes at Carbon High School, using the same presentation.
The competition, which was hosted at Wasatch Junior High in Salt Lake, consisted of five separate phases: interview, evening wear, fitness wear, on-stage questions and fun fashion. Cross received third place overall as well the People’s Choice Award and the Service Award. Additionally, Cross received $5,000 in scholarships.
“We’re just super excited, it was a great experience,” Cross’ mother, Brandi Cross, stated.
Cross and her family would like to express their sincere gratitude to all of her sponsors: Young Excavating, Los 2 Amigos, Landon’s Diesel, Tony Basso, Sign Edge, El Salto, Frank’s Glass, Taco Time, Charlie’s Pawn, Miner’s Trading Post, Kevin’s Abby Carpet, Max Technology, Kelsey’s Cafe, Hand Candy Tattoo, Marsha’s Sandwich Shop, Central Commission, Gateway Lanes, Farm Bureau and Elaine Wood.