A beauty pageant for her daughter? No way, thought Lilianna Hilton. Her teenager, Jessy Mailloux, didn't need any more emphasis on beauty, thank you very much.
"But this has all been such a positive thing for her," Hilton says. "Now she's gung-ho about volunteering. It's really uplifting."
Welcome to the Miss Dacula Pageant, where winners don't just walk away with a crown and a few glamour photos. They really don't walk away at all, but spend months, if not years, participating in public service projects in Dacula and metro Atlanta and mentoring younger girls.
Dacula High School is looking for a few good men and women. Actually, it's looking for the names of military veterans who are graduates of the school.
Dacula High School is looking for all military veterans who graduated from the school to be included in a book about their service.
The school's PTSA sponsored the project to gather the names of Dacula veterans "so we never forget they served their country, and some made the ultimate sacrifice," said Dawn Siska, co-president of the PTSA. "We have 67 names so far but we know this is just a drop in the bucket."