HOLDEN, Mass. — Last Friday, nine-year-old Taygan Kosky from Holden won the title of Little Miss Central Massachusetts USA Pageant, and now the fourth grader looks forward to a year of using her crown to help other children.
Run nationally through Donald Trump's Miss USA Organization, the Central Mass pageant was held at Mechanics Hall in Worcester along with the Miss Central Teen Massachusetts USA and Miss Central Massachusetts USA pageants.
"She's very excited about it, it means a lot to her, " said Taygan's mother, Deidre Kosky, who added that the pageant has helped her develop more self-confidence, and learn more about giving back to the community.
Additionally, Taygan got to see first-hand how trying her best at something can bring about wonderful results.
"A lot of the other girls in the competition had done pageants before, but she hadn't, so that was a big thing for her." said Kosky, "She had no idea that she was going to do as well as she did, but she kept saying to us that we was trying her hardest."
In fact, Taygan's mother had originally been a little apprehensive about letting her participate in the pageant, but was won over by the competition's focus on doing good in school and on volunteering.
In the past, Taygan has volunteered at the Home for Little Wanderers in Jamaica Plain, where she read to the children and along with her brother, Tighe, collected books to donate throughout the year.
"She's always had an interest in helping underprivileged children," said Kosky.
Kosky was also impressed with Taygan's dedication throughout the pageant training.
"I am very impressed with her drive to persevere in something," she said. "She tries her hardest at things, and when she really wants something, she goes for it."
A fourth grader at Dawson Elementary School, Taygan is also active in Holden Girl Scouts, Destination Imagination, and Theater Arts.
Taygan will spend her reign making numerous public appearances throughout Massachusetts. She is also the recipient of a 1 year modeling contract and ad campaign.
Taygan will also continue to volunteer for public service agencies throughout the state that are serving underprivileged children.