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Ponder teen to compete for title of Miss Junior Teen Texas

A Ponder teen is a finalist in the National American Miss Texas Pageant.

Olivia Crowder, 14, is a freshman homeschool student who will compete to represent the state in the national pageant. 

The finalists will compete July 16-17 at the Westin Galleria Dallas. 

Crowder enjoys studying history and science and has a passion for conservation. She hopes to write historical fiction. 

The teen who is crowned Miss Junior Teen Texas will get a $1,000 cash award, the crown, banner and bouquet. The winner will also travel to the national pageant at Disneyland in California. The winner represents the state for a year. 

Denton County fundraiser for research hospital planned

A Denton County fundraiser for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital will be at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 23 at the Robson Ranch Clubhouse, 9428 Ed Robson Blvd. 

"Denton's Magical Night of Hope" benefits St. Jude's, a research hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, that treats children regardless of their family's ability to pay for care. The event includes dinner, a cash bar, a silent auction and entertainment. 

Tickets cost $75 per person. For reservations, visit For more information, call 940-391-9614.