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Miss Flagler County 2010
It’s Amanda Dack

| June 27, 2010

Amanda Rachel Dack, Miss Flagler County 2010 (© FlaglerLive)

If you still have doubts that pageants can be and often are about much more than beauty–as the achievements of pageant veterans such as Diane Sawyer, Oprah Winfrey, Halle Berre, Deborah Norville, Kathie Lee Gifford and Paula Zahn would suggest–have a look at 21-year-old Amanda Dack of Flagler Beach. The beauty is all there (the high cheekbones, the blue eyes, the solar smile, the riverine blond hair) but it might as well be parenthetical, considering her achievements.

At 17, she was appearing before her hometown city commission in Flagler Beach to lend her voice to younger friends’ complaints that flooding was keeping them from playing outside day after day. She was also appearing before the Flagler County School Board, repeatedly, to make the case for a school-wide recycling program at a time when there was none. School Board member Evie Shellenberger seized on the issue and, because there’s only so much that can be said in a public appearance before a board, created the Eco Committee, a Dack legacy still in place in the district (and yes, recycling became a norm following Dack’s initiatives.)

More recently, as a political science student at the University of Florida–from where she graduated last spring–she’s put in her time volunteering in U.S. Rep. John Mica’s office in Washington, D.C. In Gainesville, a town with a disproportionately high homeless population, she’s devoted many hours to preparing and distributing food for the homeless. She looks at society from its high political reaches to its more damning aspects, and gets to work doing something about it at either end.

So when Dack says the following: “I really want to get involved and see what the issues are, talk with different groups and actually get plans of action into place,” it’s not just talk. It’s a continuation of what she’s been doing all along.

She said those words Sunday morning, about 14 hours after being named Miss Flagler County at the annual pageant at the Flagler Auditorium. “I actually was” surprised, she said, “because I’ve been preparing for this pageant for so long, it’s been a childhood dream of mine.”

When asked the question — “the dreaded question,” in pageant director Elizabeth McLaughlin’s words–on stage (“what advice would you give a recent college graduate”), she answered: “To humble themselves and to be open-minded.” Humility, she says, is a way to learn that dream jobs don’t fall in one’s path immediately, and that opportunities big and small are made and build on each other.

Among her other plans as Miss Flagler County: helping girls in middle and high school learn that it’s about “loving who you are as a person, and really embracing that and not being someone else, because I know I battled that in high school,” Dack said. Society pressures everybody to “be somebody else, instead of taking who they are and going with that, because who they are is beautiful.”

Dack is taking a year off to work in a local law firm and get a take-out bakery business going with her mother before she heads to law school at the University of Miami. She plans on establishing her career for a few years before running for office locally, either for the Flagler Beach City Commission or the city’s mayorship.

Dack follows in the heels of 2009 Miss Flagler County Danielle Kelly. Other pageant winners Saturday evening included the following:

Here are the complete profiles for each contestant and photo galleries for all:

Little Miss Flagler County 2010 Contestants, Ages 5-7
Little Miss Flagler County 2010 Contestants, Ages 8-11

Miss Junior Flagler County 2010 Contestants, Ages 12-15
Miss Flagler County 2010 Scholarship Pageant Contestants, Ages 16-23

Miss Flagler County, 1968-2010

2012Haley Watson
2011Alexa Linn Gardner
2010Amanda Dack
2009Danielle Kelly
2008Amanda Calderon
2007Bernice Lopez
2006Queen-Nicole Kelley
2005Michelle Kress
2004Katie Edmonson
2003Jessica Larmore
2002Sarah Holland
2001Racheal DeLarosa
2000Christina Broadhurst
1999Lauren Coleman
1998Christin Chandler `
1997Amanda Shook
1996Brady Enterkin
1995Coleen Winchcomb
1994Maria Henry
1993Elizabeth McLaughlin
1992Elana Donahoo
1991Michelle Zammikoe
1990Kyra Cammarata
1989Tiffany Frassrand
1988Nancy Craciun
1987Rose Wilson
1986Lisa Truman
1983Tressie DuPont
1979Laura Leonardo
1977Sharon Zabitosky Wilcox
1976Tancy Wilson
1968Joanne Wilson
If anyone knows of other winners in the missing years, please let us know by emailing us here.
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5 Responses for Miss Flagler County 2010
It’s Amanda Dack”

  1. Colleen Conklin says:

    Amanda is a beautiful soul and much more than a pretty face! She is well deserving of this title!!! Congratulations Amanda – you will represent Flagler County well!!

  2. Alice Baker says:

    Amanda you deserve this title. You are a beautiful person. You have wonderful parents. Yes you will serve
    Flagler County well and, also, Flagler Beach should you decide to run for Commissioner or Mayor.

    Congratulations Amanda!!!!!!!!

  3. Alice Gipson says:

    Amanda will do well in representing our Flagler County!!! Congratulations Amanda!!

  4. Elizabeth McLaughlin says:

    As director of The Miss Flagler County Pageants, I have to say that we are fortunate to have Amanda representing our county & our pageant. I am looking forward to working with her this year and I know that she will be committed to helping our community. Thank you so much to everyone that supported this year’s pageant & made this opportunity possible for Amanda!

  5. Justin Birchman says:

    “To humble themselves and to be open-minded.”……….deep and pointless; spoken like a future politician.

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