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Dozens of girls, teens and women compete during the 2018 Miss Amazing Pageant

BOUNTIFUL, Utah (News4Utah) - Dozens of girls and women lit up the stage at Bountiful High School Saturday during the Miss Amazing competition. 

They say this isn't a beauty pageant. It is an ability pageant featuring young women with physical or mental challenges from all over the Beehive state. The afternoon segment was the rising star and teen portion for ages 5-19. Hundreds cheered as some contestants dance, some sang and some recited poetry for their talent portion. 

Just like a traditional pageant, there is also an interview and an evening wear competition. Organizers say this pageant opens doors and for these young ladies and spotlights what they can do instead of what they can't. 

"Research shows that girls and women especially girls ad women with disabilities have the least opportunities presented to them and so we're here to fix that," said Imari McKay, State Director of the Utah Miss Amazing Pageant. "We are here to give them opportunities to make friends, build their confidence and self-esteem and have fun and be able to shine on stage."

The event continued Saturday night with the shooting star and miss divisions for women ages 20 and older. Tonight's winners were Kylie Powell, Ashlyn Jackman, and Colby Christensen, Annalyn Divelbiss, Tawnie Larkin and Richelle Gough.

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