Katherine Parker recently won first runner up at the Miss New England Coed pageant held in Framingham, Mass., and has an opportunity to compete in a national pageant at Disney in November.Katherine, 9, is a student at Calf Pen Meadow School, and is the daughter of Dawn and Charles Parker. She started modeling and competing in pageants when she was six years old because she enjoyed performing. Plus, she was sort of following in her mother, Dawn\u2019s footsteps: Dawn danced and competed in pageants in her 20s.\u201cI knew that if Katherine wished to compete when she got older that she needed to get started early,\u201d Dawn said.Katherine said she enjoys modeling and sees many benefits from it.\u201cI like modeling and pageants because it's fun and exciting to make new friends,\u201d she said. \u201cI know that if I win, I can be a role model for other girls and give back to my community. At the same time I can develop my speaking ability.\u201dHer mother said the experience has been great."Katherine has learned a lot from pageants, and her experiences have been carried over not only to the pageant systems, but in her school work,\u201d Dawn said. \u201cKatherine's teacher had nothing but good things to say about Katherine's experience and that she is helpful and very knowledgeable. Her school work shows maturity and development that supports detail in her work."Modeling may sound easy, but it\u2019s a fair amount of work, Katherine\u2019s mother said."Katherine takes private lessons and group dance classes to prepare for her pageants,\u201d Dawn said. \u201cIt takes grace, poise and personality to promote her self confidence. Katherine always gives 100% and it shows. She has won several trophies for her modeling abilities and talent too. Katherine is also a dancer and singer, for which she has won numerous awards. She aspires to be a marine biologist and hopes to fulfill her dreams through her experiences in pageantry.\u201dKatherine is a Girl Scout, and a Pop Warner cheerleader.The Milford girl is looking for sponsors for the Miss American Coed Pageant. For information contact the family at 203-283-3467.