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Denton 9-year-old wins pageant honor

A young Denton girl was recently named Junior Miss North Texas in a national pageant.

Paige Elkins, 9, earned the title in the United Miss pageant.

Paige competed with nine other girls in her age group. She won the formalwear contest, placed in the top three in the interview portion of the pageant, placed in the top five in her age group and is the first runner-up to Junior Miss United Miss, the title given to the girl who wins the national title for the age group.

Paige is the daughter of Matt and Breese Elkins of Denton. Grandparents Pam and Cal Elkins also reside in Denton. Grandparents Randy and Margy Tucker live in Flower Mound. Paige attends Denton Calvary Preparatory Academy, and will enter fifth grade in the fall.

The United Miss organization grooms girls and young women for the pageant circuit, evaluating them according to style, poise, talent and community involvement, according to a news release.

The pageant was held in Dallas earlier this month.

Writing conference features pioneering pilot

Elizabeth McCormick, the first woman to pilot a Black Hawk helicopter for the Army, is the keynote speaker at the third annual LexiCon, a writers conference July 11-13 at the Hilton Garden Inn, 3110 Colorado Blvd. in Denton.

The writers conference serves writers — published and aspiring — of all genres. Presented by Hollywood Agent Provocateur and author Mitch Haynes, the conference aims to guide writers through the rapidly changing publishing industry and connects writers to mentors and colleagues with similar ambitions and desires, according to a news release.

McCormick is a motivational speaker who taps into her own rise through the pilot ranks of the Army and her later career as a global contract negotiator. She’s also the CEO of Soar 2 Success.

McCormick will be joined at the conference lectern by: Michelle Prince, a motivational speaker and author; Tracy Kornet, a five-time Emmy Award winning anchor and reporter for KTVT-TV (Channel 11); and Tammy Kling, a best-selling author, speaker and ghostwriter.

Conference registration costs $125 for authors and $50 for their spouses. For more information or to register, visit

— Staff reports

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