Spirit Pageant to showcase kids of all ability levels

HENRICO COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — The Richmond Country Club hosted the 2nd annual Spirit of the Pageant Sunday afternoon.

The event was organized by 13-year-old Monroe Hill to showcase kids of all abilities on stage with their “spirit buddy.”

The pageant pairs up special needs individuals with spirit buddies who walk them through talent performances and on stage questions.

Hill said the partnerships allow the the participants to build relationships and build understanding about one another.

Just a 7th grader at the Collegiate School, Hill said hosting this pageant has made a huge impact on her life

“I’ve learned so much from them. They’ve showed me there’s nothing that can hold you back from doing what you love, from competing in a pageant, you can have a disability, you can be a boy,” Monroe Hill said. “They’ve showed me that i can do anything also, so that’s amazing.”

Every participant went home with a crown or a trophy.

As for Hill, she will go on this summer to represent Chesterfield in the Miss Virginia’s Outstanding Teen pageant.

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