When 16-year-old Angelica Yarbrough was a little girl, she competed in the Miss Hub City Pageant in her home state of Tennessee but fell short of the top prize — losing to her older sister — and never competed in another pageant.

Until now.

The Stillwater High School sophomore has a chance at an even bigger crown this weekend at the 2007 Miss Oklahoma Teen USA Pageant in Norman.

“I want to compete for Miss Oklahoma Teen because these chances don’t come along every day,” she said. “And I know that if I don’t win (the title), I’m still a winner.”

Just for being a contestant in the three-day pageant, Yarbrough is offered a scholarship for more than $33,000 to Lindenwood College in Missouri. If she wins, Yarbrough will receive many other scholarships and prizes and go on to compete in the Miss Teen USA pageant in Atlantic City, N.J.

Yarbrough and her grandmother, Myra Johnson, leave for Norman on Friday morning. The pageant will be held at the Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts and will include swimsuit, evening gown and interview competitions over the weekend. The new Miss Oklahoma Teen USA will be announced Sunday evening.

Yarbrough said she isn’t nervous yet but she’s sure once the event starts, the emotions will follow.

And if she wins?

“I’ll feel like a million bucks,” she said.

Yarbrough was born in Tennessee and lived there most of her life.

After moving to Guthrie then back to Tennessee for a few years, Yarbrough moved to Stillwater two years ago to live with her grandmother.

Yarbrough is the daughter of Lisa Yarbrough of Stillwater and Gary Ivory of Tennessee and is the second oldest among six other sisters and one brother.

Since September, when she learned she had been chosen for the pageant, Yarbrough has been doing everything from practicing interview questions to walking in high heels using school books on her head to learn balance to help her chances of winning.

Johnson said when giving her granddaughter practice questions, it usually turns into a comedic performance by Yarbrough, who describes herself as humorous.

Johnson said she and Yarbrough have had plenty of help funding the materials they need for the pageant from residents in Stillwater and family members in Tennessee.

With their help, Yarbrough was able to purchase a pageant gown, get makeup for the event and receive transportation to and from Norman.

Johnson said she has been helped by Brush Creek Meadow neighbors, Mary Ann Wrobleski, Terri Wallace, Janet Sumpter and Michael Hammond of Stillwater; and in Tennessee, Doris Yarbrough, Erris Yarbrough, IBPOEW, W.R. Bell Temple and Daughters of Elks No. 1249.

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