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September 16, 2013

Goshen 'princess' going to national contest

GOSHEN — Seven-year-old Savannah Love from Goshen won the title of Miss Indiana Princess in July and will be headed to nationals in November.

Savannah is a second-grader at Elkhart Christian Academy. She was entered into the Princess age division for Indiana and competed in Indianapolis with 85 other contestants in her age division.

Along with her sash and crown, Savannah won $1,000 and airfare to California to compete at nationals — and while on that trip she will be treated to a day at Disneyland, a day touring Hollywood and a black and white ball for Thanksgiving.

Savannah said she is excited to be representing the state of Indiana on her quest to win the national title, “National American Miss Princess.”

At National American Miss pageants girls must take an item to donate. It can be either a book, school supply or stuffed animal. These items are then given to the winner to distribute to her local community.

Savannah donated school supplies to “16 pack a backpack” and has donated some of the books so far to the Goshen Public Library after being a guest reader for their kids reading time. She is looking forward to passing out the stuffed animals while she visits children in the hospital in the upcoming months.

Savannah has decided with her one year reign she would like to encourage children in her own community to read daily on a consistent basis. She has called her challenge “Love to Read,” a little play on words with her last name being Love. She will be challenging kids her age, kindergarten through the second grade to read 20 minutes five days a week.

Savannah did this challenge last year and exceeded her grade level of reading.

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