Last summer, Zoe Rose Moylan, a fourth-grader at Macedonia Elementary School, entered the National American Miss Georgia three-day pageant. Based on her cumulative score from the interview, personal introduction, formal wear, resume and community service project, she went on to win third-runner up, earning her a spot on the Queen’s Court as a City Queen. Moylan also received an invitation to compete in the National All American Miss pageant in November 2020 in Orlando, where she competed as Miss Canton.
Winners from each state participate in the National American Miss pageant as State Queens, with the top five contestants from each state representing their city as City Queens.
Moylan is headed back to the state pageant in July with hopes of capturing the state queen title.
How did you get started with pageants?
In 2012, I was a finalist in the Beautiful Baby Contest at the North Georgia State Fair. From there, I have been in three or four local pageants a year just to gain confidence and poise.
What have you learned from these experiences?
I have practiced my public speaking skills while preparing for my personal introduction at competitions, and I have put those skills to good use. I ran for student council at Macedonia Elementary School and gave a speech with confidence in front of my class. I am reading my lines in school plays with emphasis and animation.
I have learned a lot about my community by getting out and getting involved. I have confidence to accomplish my goals, small or big. I know I need to prepare, work hard and have fun.
Many pageant participants support a special cause. What is yours and why?
Through my love of horses, my active outreach into the community and my desire to help others, especially through the pandemic, I started volunteering at a hippotherapy ranch (BEATS in Canton), where I learn how children with disabilities can improve their balance, control and confidence all while riding a horse! I love horses, and one of my friend’s little sisters has spina bifida. I prepare items for each rider’s lesson such as balls, gloves, weights, toys, helmets – and learn how the instructor utilizes these resources to accomplish goals with each rider. I created a website, where I hope my peers can share their tips and tricks on how they stay healthy, happy and active. www.horseplayhub.com.
I also donate items to The Children’s Haven. I have been inspired by my aunt, who is raising four children who were in foster care, and I see the need to help others all around me.
What advice would you give to other girls looking to participate in pageants?
Believe in yourself! You can do anything you set your mind to with hard work and confidence. Live life with a purpose!
What are your goals and future plans?
I am going to compete in the 2021 National American Miss Georgia pageant in July. I am working on expanding my resume, brushing up on my interview and personal introduction skills, continuing my community service work and having fun.
I am also working to perfect my round-off back-handspring tuck so I can try out for a full-year competition cheerleading team in May.