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PROSPERITY — Megan Leah Lindler, the current Miss North Greenville University, will travel to Columbia on June 20 to participate in the 2014 Miss South Carolina pageant.

Throughout the week of June 21-22, contestants will be involved in numerous rehearsals, public appearances and many more activities planned by the Miss South Carolina Scholarship Organization. Contestants are divided into three sections for preliminary competitions and will follow specific schedules June 24-27.

Lindler’s competition schedule will begin June 23 with a 10-minute interview before a panel of judges from across the country.

On June 24, Lindler and her fellow queens will take the stage at The Township Auditorium to begin the preliminary phases of the pageant. She will perform a clogging routine to a medley of Elvis songs for talent. On June 25, she will compete in the on-stage question portion of the pageant. On June 26, she will compete in the evening gown and swimsuit phase of the pageant.

The final night of competition will be held June 28, when 16 young ladies will be selected from approximately 50 contestants to compete in all phases of the competition again and one of them will be crowned the new Miss South Carolina.

The 2014 Miss South Carolina Pageant can be viewed on WACH Fox and the Sinclair Network from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

For Lindler, a Prosperity native, competing in the Miss South Carolina Pageant has always been one of her dreams. She started competing in pageants when she was 1 year old and has won many titles including Miss Mid-Carolina High School, Miss Farm Bureau, Miss North Greenville University, and numerous others from festivals and local pageants.

“I enjoy participating in pageants and it is a good way to develop self confidence and will help me prepare for the future,” Lindler said.

Each Miss South Carolina contestant must have a platform during her reign and Lindler selected Prevent the Abuse of Domestic Animals.

“I have always enjoyed working with animals and they have always been a true passion,” Lindler said.

Lindler has volunteered at the Newberry County Animal Shelter and other organizations to work with animals that have been abused.

“To me, dogs are a man’s best friend and they should always be treated that way,” she said.

Lindler is a rising senior at North Greenville University. She is majoring in Health Promotion and Wellness and a minor in Biology. Her parents are Joey and Karen (Lindler) Smith of Prosperity, and Randy and Balinda Lindler of Irmo.

Her grandparents are Pal and Patricia Dominick of Prosperity, Bill and Barbara Lindler of Little Mountain, and John and Ann Smith of Newberry.

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