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Miss Amazing: Andrews girl to compete in national pageant in July

By Mandy Mahan

Eleven-year-old Tayla (Zartman) Beal, of Andrews and the reigning Indiana Miss Amazing Preteen 2020 will be competing in the National Summit in Nashville, Tenn., on July 30 through Aug. 1 at Vanderbilt University’s Martha Ingram Center for the Performing Arts.

Tayla is the daughter of Amy Beal and the great granddaughter of former Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham.

Miss Amazing programs teach self-advocacy skills to girls and women with disabilities ages 5 and up in a fun environment with real stakes.

Drawing inspiration from pageantry, Miss Amazing events guide participants through interviewing and public speaking exercises. All along the way, participants connect with new friends and role models and define their interests and ambitions on their own terms.

Tayla decided to compete after hearing about the pageant from a friend in school who was the 2019 Preteen queen.

Due to many medical issues, Tayla is non-mobile and must be on a ventilator 24-7.

“Her hips are continuously out of socket, shoulders pop in and out with every move, and her elbows don’t stay in socket. Despite all of this, being on a ventilator 24/7, and non-mobile, Tayla is the happiest and most ornery girl you will find,” her mother, Amy Beal, said.

Tayla is looking forward to the national summit, but is also unsure what to expect, as she hasn’t competed in person yet.

“Indiana ended up having to do the pageant virtual due to COVID,” said Beal. “Even though it was virtual, she still enjoyed the experience. She was matched with a ‘buddy’ to help her prepare for the different parts. Her buddy was 2020 Beauty of Hope Junior Miss Queen Alexxis. Everything was available to do through zoom, other than the passion presentation.

“Alexxis helped Tayla prepare for her interview questions, introducing herself, and her passion presentation. Tayla chose to sing ‘How Far I’ll Go’ from Moana for her passion. They had us make a video and submit it so they could compile everyone’s for the pageant zoom video. Queens were announced live on the zoom pageant. Tayla was so excited she didn’t know what to say, which is very unusual for her. But since then is very comfortable with informing everyone that she is a queen.”

This year, at the national summit, Tayla will compete against the 2020 and 2021 queens since last year’s pageant was canceled due to the pandemic.

“The different parts are divided into different days to allow for practice and prep before the shows, presentations, and closing ceremony,” Beal told The Paper of Wabash County. “Before the introductions the Queens are treated to getting their hair and makeup done, if they would like. There will also be a semi-formal party for all Queens and their families to celebrate and have fun.”

To help raise the money needed to get Tayla to the national summit, two fundraisers are being done in Wabash County.

T-Shirts can be purchased at bonfire.com/tayla and are $20 a shirt.

“T-shirts seem to be a good seller since they are something everyone uses and gets our cause out for more people to see,” said Beal. “So far, we have sold around 30 shirts in the first five days, roughly $150 raised. Our fundraising goal is $3,000 to cover all expenses to go to the national summit. We have had around $750 in donations on her fundraising page.”

To make a tax-deductible donation to help cover expenses, visit saq2021.funraise.org/fundraiser/taylazartman.

There will also be a fiesta funds night at Taco Bell in Wabash on May 16 from noon until 8 p.m. Simply bring the flyer into the Taco Bell listed above on the date and time of the event and Taco Bell is going to donate 20 percent of the group’s sales back to the cause. To access the flyer, visit the ‘photos’ portion of bonfire.com/tayla. The flyer can be printed or presented on a smart phone. 

Posted on 2021 Apr 27