Prospect girl a finalist in Miss Connecticut pageant

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Mackenzie Jackson, 6, of Prospect is a finalist for Miss Connecticut in the ‘princess’ age division. -CONTRIBUTED

PROSPECT — The National American Miss Connecticut Pageant will crown five young ladies this summer. Among the finalists to be fitted for a crown is 6-year-old Mackenzie Jackson of Prospect.

Mackenzie, a first-grader at Algonquin School, was chosen as a state finalist in the “Princess” age division after attending an open call in April in Southbury, her mother, Kelly Jackson, explained.

“We are so proud of her. It’s just a big leap for her. She’s normally kind of shy. For her to want to try this and be picked as a finalist, we’re so proud of her,” Kelly said.

The finalists in the five age divisions will head to the Coco Key Hotel & Water Resort in Danvers, Mass., Aug. 2 through Aug. 4 to vie for the crown in their respective divisions. The winners will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, and transportation to compete in the national pageant in California.

There is a $450 fee to compete in the pageant, and the National American Miss organization recommends girls and families raise the fee through sponsors, Kelly explained.

“If someone wanted to sponsor her that would be amazing,” Kelly said.

Anyone or business interested in sponsoring Mackenzie can call Kelly Jackson at (203) 528-3277 for more information.