Photo courtesy of Audrey Tabor.

Audrey Tabor, a ninth-grader at Hillcrest High School, is gearing up to compete at the Miss Dallas Teen competition, her first-ever pageant. She’s looking forward to the glam and ambience of it all, but she has another motivation in mind: spreading awareness of muscular dystrophy.

Tabor has MD, a condition that has no known cure, and she’s intent on informing people about it. In the past, she’s been an ambassador for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and she sees the pageant as another way to get her message out.

Tabor started thinking about participating in a pageant after meeting Miss Dallas and Miss Dallas Teen and being encouraged by other contestants.

“I like being in front of people, and I really like the evening wear,” Tabor said. “It’s one of my favorite parts, so I’m excited for that.”

She has spent months preparing for the competition, including by getting a pageant coach, who has taught her how to sit, walk and answer interview questions. And of course, she’s had to do some wardrobe shopping.

Photo courtesy of Audrey Tabor.

Tabor joined the cheerleading team at Hillcrest, something she’s always wanted to do, especially since her last school, Sudie TAG, didn’t offer that opportunity. She’s also involved in the IB curriculum and the theater program, and she wants to be a trauma surgeon when she grows up.

Outside of school, Tabor learned how to sew, set up her own Etsy shop and learned how to play four instruments.

“[Audrey’s] always looking for something to do and trying new things,” said Amanda Tabor, Audrey’s mom. “She loves to try new things. She gets bored easy, and she’s just one of those kids that loves being around people, loves learning things, loves doing new things, trying out stuff.”

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