Paige Bowling seeks pageant title

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Paige Bowling, a 2013 Delta High School graduate, is running for the title of Miss Colorado America June 9-11. Bowling is a junior at Colorado School of Mines pursuing degrees in chemical and biochemical engineering and another in biochemistry. She will graduate in May 2017 and plans to continue her education to receive a PhD. Her goal is to work in research for a pharmaceutical company toward a cure for Alzheimer's.

Every young woman in the competition for the title of Miss America must select a platform to run under. Bowling has chosen to support women in science and engineering. She said, "There is a very common stigma about women who choose to follow a career path in anything science or engineering related which perpetuates gender inequalities. If you ask a young girl what she wants to be when she grows up, over time many girls will shift their focus from grand career paths to something based upon gender-normative stereotypes. My ultimate goal is to not only promote young girls to continue on a path focused on math and science, but to also promote education to everyone. To do this I hope to expand the current science and engineering resources available to schools for everyone, but especially young girls."

This year Bowling was co-advisor for a new program at Delta High School titled "WiSE." At a school of a little over 600 students, the program was a success with over 40 girls involved the first year. Two mentorship programs were set up, one for the girls with a woman in an industry in their field of interest and one for the girls in high school with a younger girl from two different local elementary schools. Additionally, funding will be used for travel to science-related competitions, day camps and technical certifications. The goals for the next two years for this pilot program are to register every girl with SWEnext (a youth scholarship program run by Society of Women Engineers) and to award two $500 scholarships for graduating seniors.

To support your hometown girl, follow her on Facebook under Miss Clear Creek - Paige Bowling. The Miss America organization not only provides educational scholarships to the contestants, but also supports the Children's Miracle Network which provides help to children in need at children's hospitals. Each contestant raises money each year to support the Colorado Children's Hospital which is part of the Children's Miracle Network.

You can vote Paige into the top 15 at the competition by picking People's Choice Vote in the lower left corner of misscolorado.org.