School & sports news for July 10

Washington 7-year-old is pageant finalist

Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington, 7, has been chosen as a state finalist in this weekend’s National American Miss Virginia Pageant.

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4-18, and have five different age divisions. Lilliane will be participating in the 7-9 age division, along with other outstanding young ladies from across Virginia from today through Saturday Hyatt Regency Reston.

Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington competes in Reston for a National American Miss state title this week.
Lilliane Belle Howell of Washington competes in Reston for a National American Miss state title this week. Courtesy photo

Howell’s activities have included Girl Scouts, gymnastics, guitar, ballet and tee ball. She also enjoys reading, hiking and learning about animals. Her sponsors include the Country Café, KHE Community Solutions, Geneva Welch Gallery and Middle Street Antiques.

The winner of the pageant receives a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the national pageant in California, where she will receive a complimentary tour of Hollywood and VIP tickets to Disneyland.

The National American Miss Pageants are dedicated to celebrating America’s future leaders and equipping them with lifelong skills. Each year the pageant nationally awards $1.5 million in cash, scholarships and other prizes.

The National American Miss pageants are unlike any other. All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear makeup, and there is no swimsuit competition. The pageant program is based on inner beauty as well as poise and presentation, and offers an “all-American spirit of fun for family and friends.”

Emphasis is put on the importance of developing self-confidence, learning good sportsmanship, as well as setting and achieving personal goals. The pageant recognizes the accomplishments of each girl while encouraging her to set goals for her future. Learn more about the program and pageant at

REC scholarship winners

Among the 16 students Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) awarded the $1,000 LEARN scholarships to were Rappahannockers Shelby Burnett and Charles Estes. All recipients were recognized for their scholastic achievement and community involvement.

The 2014 LEARN Scholarship recipients were selected from a competitive group of applications received from more than 25 high schools throughout REC’s service territory. The applications were reviewed by a committee and evaluated based on scholastic achievement, extracurricular activities, community involvement, financial need and interest in rural affairs.

“REC is committed to being involved in the communities it serves,” said Ann M. Lewis, REC’s director of communications and public relations. “With the LEARN Scholarship program we can reward high school students based on their academic excellence, extracurricular activities, and their commitment to community. The scholarships will assist the students as they begin their college careers.”

REC provides electric service to nearly 160,000 connections in parts of 22 Virginia counties. With its general office in Fredericksburg, REC operates and maintains more than 16,000 miles of power lines through its service area, which ranges from the Blue Ridge Mountains to the tidal waters of the Chesapeake Bay. For more information, visit

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