Courtney S. Pope, 13, the daughter of Peggy and Scott Doss of Independence, and Billy and Kelly Pope of Oak Grove, has been chosen as a State Finalist in the National American Miss Missouri Pageant to be held June 29 at the Holiday Inn Select in Columbia.

Courtney is also the granddaughter of Susie Pope of Oak Grove, and Richard and Rhonda Stoddard of Sugar Creek, and the great-granddaughter of Iris Rollet of Wellington.

The National American Miss pageants are held for girls ages 4 to 18, and have five different age divisions. Courtney will be participating in the Junior Teen age division, along with other young ladies from Missouri. All activities and competitions are kept age appropriate. Girls under the ages of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition. The program is based on inner-beauty, as well as poise and presentation.

The winner will receive a $1,000 cash award, the official crown and banner, a bouquet of roses and air transportation to compete in the National Pageant in California.

Courtney plays the flute, softball and volleyball, and enjoys horseback riding, helping others, and helping care for her nephew.