Alitzah Evans of Gahanna recently was selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Columbus pageant Saturday April 12, while Sydney Eads of Blacklick recently was selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Columbus pageant.

Alitzah Evans of Gahanna recently was selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Teen Columbus pageant Saturday April 12, while Sydney Eads of Blacklick recently was selected to participate in the 2014 Miss Jr. Pre-Teen Columbus pageant.

Both will compete for shares of thousands of dollars in prizes and specialty gifts that will be distributed to contestants.

Evans will compete in the Miss Teen Division, one of four divisions featuring young women ages 7 to 19.

Eads will compete in the Miss Jr. Pre-Teen division, one of four categories featuring young women ages 7 to 19.

Winners will represent Columbus and surrounding communities at the national competition in Orlando, Fla.

Community businesses, organizations, and private individuals may assist Evans and Eads by serving as official sponsors.

Any local business, organization, or individual interested in becoming a sponsor for the event may contact the Miss Teen Columbus pageant coordinator via phone at 1-877-403-6678.