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Witness the Fitness For the second year, thousands of spectators and participants streamed into Ohio to behold the wonders of the Arnold Sports Festival and its crowning glory... the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant T he iconic catchphrase “We’ll be back” was repeated throughout the year following the inaugural Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant, and we were back in Columbus, Ohio, ready to witness the newest incar- nation of this growing phenomenon. What would the weekend offer? Lots of beauty, intelligence, and fitness; after all, this was the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant. Ac- cording to Director Kylee Miller, “This year, a lot of prepara- tion and thought went into the new opening production outfits, the on-stage presentation, talent categories, and more. And remember, once again this year the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness pageant is fortunate enough to present $10,000.00 in cash prizes on-stage to the finalists, courtesy of our wonder- ful sponsor, Debi Lee. I really believe the girls will have a 52 PAGEANTRY weekend to remember!” Although this is staged as part of the Arnold Sports Fes- tival, the largest event of its kind in the world, it is still a pag- eant, and pageantry was everywhere to behold. Competitions abound throughout the Greater Columbus, Ohio, area, and it is a testament to the directors and volunteers alike that so much is produced with nary a hint of concern on the part of the thousands of competitors and attendees. While awaiting our opportunity to begin judging the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant, we were witness to an extraor- dinary display of other diverse fitness competitions: swimsuit categories, modeling, fitness and figure, chess, fencing, jump rope, martial arts, baton twirling, dance fitness, ping pong, body building, a collegiate gymnastics competition, and more than these pages can relate. It was pageantry at its finest, with everyone celebrating their unique brand of competition. Judging of the Miss Arnold Teen Fitness Pageant began in earnest with each delegate answering pertinent questions regarding her own individual platform, her commitment to a fit and healthy lifestyle, and her qualifications for earning the crown and representing teens throughout the year. The questions delved into several meaningful topics: “How do we combat poor body image among women but still main- tain a healthy and fit society?” “Should gym class be manda-