Hickman tot raising funds to help attend national pageant in Florida

By The Voice Staff - April 20, 2017

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Talynn Barnhart of Hickman was crowned Pure International Pageants Nebraska Tot and will be competing in a national pageant on June 14-18.

HICKMAN – Talynn Barnhart of Hickman has a special story to go with the cookie dough she is selling to help go to a national pageant in Florida.


At birth, Barnhart, 4, was in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Lincoln for 13 days.

Her first night in NICU, she coded for 30 seconds before pulling herself out of it.

When she finally was able to go home, she was on an apnea monitor and oxygen for a while.


Luckily all that is now behind Barnhart.


“She is our miracle baby,” mother Alesia Barnhart said. “At most she was about six months behind learning basic skills like walking, talking, etc. She is completely okay now.”

Barnett competed in January at the Pure International Pageant preliminaries and was crowned Pure International Pageants Nebraska Tot and given the opportunity to compete in the National Pageant in Orlando, Florida on June 14-18.


That is why she is selling tubs of Eileen’s cookie dough and Pogo Cards. People who are interested in ordering can contact Alesia at 402-570-0808.


The Pure International Pageant system is a Christian Based Pageant System that has been recognized by the Presidential Volunteer Service Award for it’s dedication to making the world a better place.


As part of that organization, the younger Barnhart  has been involved in multiple community service opportunities since she was 2 years old.


She hasn’t forgotten the folks in the NICU at Bryan LGH East.


“One thing Talynn and I do is request donations for the NICU unit and fellow NICU families,” Alesia said. “We started this on her second birthday and had much success with that so this last year we made it for the whole month of her birthday.  Last year the NICU requested a camera and memory cards so they could send pictures of the babies home with them and we were able to get that camera and asked fellow NICU family members to donate memory cards with much success.”


The Barnharts also help me spread the word on water safety by volunteering with the Joshua Collingsworth Memorial Foundation, which Alesia has been volunteering with since it started in 2008.


“She has been helping me since she was 3 years old, so for almost 2 years,” Alesia said.

She also helps at the annual Skate Night Fundraiser for the Food Bank of Lincoln’s Backpack Program hosted by the Realtors Association of Lincoln’s Young Professionals Network, rings bells for the Salvation Army, participates in Huskers Helping the Homeless fundraiser for the Matt Talbot Kitchen and Outreach, and this year volunteered at the Domesti-Pups booth at the I Love My Dog Expo.


When Barnhart isn’t busy with her pageants, she likes swimming and soccer. She also loves camping, fishing, riding her bike, riding ATVs with mom and dad and kayaking with mom and dad.




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