The Daily Item
LEWISTOWN — Organizers of the Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant and Miss Central Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen Pageants have announced that again this year they want to send an area contestant to the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant. To be eligible for the title of Miss Freedom Forge, contestants will be required to reside, attend school or work in Mifflin, Juniata, Snyder, Centre, Huntingdon or Union counties. In order to award this title, the pageant is required to have at least four contestants from those six counties. Last year the winner of the Miss Freedom Forge title was Catherine Janisko, a student at the Pennsylvania State University in University Park. In addition, the pageant plans to continue to award two “open” titles, Miss Central Pennsylvania and Miss Greater Juniata Valley, which are available to contestants who reside, attend school or work within the state of Pennsylvania.
At this time contestants applications are being accepted for the 2014 pageants which will be held at the former Lewistown Area High School on Manor Drive in Lewistown on Feb. 8 at 4 p.m. The Miss Central Pennsylvania and Miss Central Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen Pageants are preliminaries to the Miss Pennsylvania and Miss Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen Pageants both of which will be held in June in Pittsburgh. The winners there will advance to the Miss America Pageant and Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, respectively.
To be eligible to compete in the “Miss” pageant which leads to the Miss America Pageant, young women must be unmarried and between the ages of 17 and 24 and reside, attend school or be employed in Pennsylvania. In addition, they must be at least a senior in high school.
“Miss” contestants are judged in talent, interview, evening wear, on-stage questions and lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit. The entry deadline is Jan. 20. No more than 25 contestants will be accepted for the combined pageants so those whose entry materials are received first will be guaranteed status as contestants with those whose application materials are received after the first 25 being put on a waiting list. The only fee for entry into the “Miss” pageant is that each contestant is required to raise $100 for the Children’s Miracle Network and deposit that money into a special online account. Details are available on the Miss Central Pennsylvania Pageant website at www.MissCentralPA.org.
To be eligible to compete in the Miss Central Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen pageant which leads to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Pageant, girls must be between the ages of 13 and 17 and reside or attend school in Pennsylvania. Contestants must be no more that high school juniors. Full details on age and grade requirements should be verified by contacting Executive Director John Metzger at (717) 248-5576.
“Teen” contestants are judged in talent, interview, evening wear and on-stage question and lifestyle and fitness in active wear. The entry fee into the Teen Pageant is $100 with discounts available for contestants also interested in also entering the Miss MidState’s Outstanding Teen Pageant. The entry deadline for Teen Contestants is also Jan. 20.
The Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship and the Miss Central Pennsylvania’s Outstanding Teen Pageants are sponsored by the not-for-profit Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization. Scholarships and prizes are awarded through the generosity of businesses and organizations throughout Central Pennsylvania. Information and applications are available by phoning (717) 612-1912 in Harrisburg, (814) 695-4170 in Hollidaysburg or executive director John R. Metzger at (717) 248-5576. Information and application materials are also available on the internet by going to the Miss Central Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant website at www.MissCentralPA.org.