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Meet Your Neighbors: Mother, daughter share Cinderella crowns

Jenny Sullivan and her 4-year-old daughter, Meagan, have more in common than a bloodline.

Both have won Cinderella pageants in Mohave County.

In 1994, Jenny was crowned Cinderella Teen in the Lake Havasu Cinderella Pageant.

She was 17 and topped 22 other young women vying for the honor.

"The first pageant I ever entered was Miss Kingman in 1993," Sullivan said.

"I had so much fun and got first runner-up, playing the flute in the talent event.

"I worked at Northstar Gymnastics in 1994 and one of the girls there got me so excited about the Lake Havasu pageant I decided to enter it."

Judges in the Lake Havasu Cinderella Pageant had four age groups to judge.

In her division, 50 percent of the score was based on interview, the other half on evening wear and talent, where she again played the flute, Sullivan said.

The pageant was geared toward scholarships and not beauty, Sullivan said.

She went on to compete in the Arizona State Cinderella Teen Pageant in Scottsdale.

In addition, Sullivan was named Miss Kingman Route 66 in 1994 following her win at Lake Havasu, she said.

Meagan won the Mohave County Cinderella Tot crown in March, competing against four other girls in her division.

"The judges examined personality in which the contestants went on stage and answered questions," Sullivan said.

"There also was a private interview and party wear category.

"After Meagan won, I walked with the three judges and they said she had the brightest personality and was outstanding."

Sullivan said she did not learn of the Cinderella Tot Pageant until three days before the event while browsing the Internet.

Meagan got excited about entering it because she had seen her mother's crowns and wanted to know how she got them, Sullivan said.

Asked what she liked best about the pageant, Meagan said, "When I win."

Meagan will be in competition with 75-90 other girls at the state event, Sullivan said.

It will be held June 10-17 in Laughlin, Nev.

"There are going to be a lot of girls there," Sullivan said.

"I told Meagan that God creates many beautiful people and that we're going (to Laughlin) to have a good time."

Meagan shows no signs of stage fright that might be expected of children her age.

She will do a gymnastics routine for the talent portion of the competition in Phoenix.

"She likes to sing and dance," Sullivan said.

"Everywhere we go I have to ask her to be quiet, but she has been singing and dancing since she was 2."

Sullivan was born in Monroe, Mich.

But she grew up in Bullhead City and Kingman.

She moved to Kingman in 1989 while in the sixth grade, and graduated from Kingman High School in 1995.

Sullivan said her father, Daniel Reaune, and husband, Jaret Sullivan, both work in Laughlin at Southern California Edison.

Meagan has a 13-month-old brother, Brendan.

In her spare time, Sullivan enjoys working out and is active in her church.

She teaches Sunday school and helps in the youth group.

Sullivan said anyone wishing to help sponsor Meagan to the state pageant may contact her at 753-9003.

Neighbors is a feature appearing Mondays in the Kingman Daily Miner.

If you have an interesting story you'd like to share, contact Terry Organ at 753-6397 ext.

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