LONGVIEW— Dorianna Gilbert is your typical kid. The honor roll student at Clements/Parsons Elementary School is running track this summer, competing in the meets every Tuesday night at Bulldawg Stadium. She loves to sing, dance and do gymnastics. When the spunky third-grader returns to school in August, her classmates might notice she has some extra sparkle about her. The 7-year-old was recently crowned Little Miss Texas.
Gilbert was required to first win a preliminary pageant before advancing to the state contest. She captured her initial title in Waco. She then competed in the Copperas Cove Five Hills Scholarship Pageant, hoping to take home the crown but came in fourth runner-up.
“I learned so much doing the Rabbit Fest Pageant, which got me to continue to do other pageants at state and national levels,” Gilbert said.
Her mother, Shannoda Gilbert, said it was a great trial run on a professional stage to prepare for the state-level competition.
“She practiced daily on her walk, smile and talent,” Shannoda Gilbert said. “Dorianna had never done a glitz pageant before, so she watched so many episodes of ‘Toddlers and Tiaras’ to pick out routines for talent and routines for the Outfit of Choice categories. Though Dorianna had done numerous pageants this was her first glitz pageant and she wanted to make an impression. ”
Gilbert chose the song “This Girl is on Fire,” for her first Outfit of Choice, and the song “Jail House Rock,” where she got the crowd going with her dancing skills while modeling her second Outfit of Choice.
For talent, Gilbert belted out the song, “How Far I Go,” from the “Moana” soundtrack for which she received a standing ovation from the audience.
“I had to compete against girls that have been doing these kinds of pageants since they were babies, but that didn’t scare her me,” Gilbert said. “I did my best and proved to everybody that I deserved to be there.” At the state pageant. Gilbert competed in beauty, talent, and outfit of choices 1 and 2.
As part of her prize package, Gilbert won a trip to the Bahamas, a cash prize, a 10-inch crown, a 20-inch crown and a savings bond. Gilbert will compete in the national pageant July 21-23 with girls from all over the world. If she wins, she will receive a slew of prizes in addition to opportunities to be in commercials, movies and magazines.
“I will do my best to represent the city of Copperas Cove very well and let them know that little beauties from this town start with Rabbit Fest, which is now Five Hills and progress to carry on what they learn to become state and national winners of glitz pageants,” Dorianna said.