People who attend the York County Pageants event this weekend will see more than pretty faces and beautiful outfits, a program official said.
"They'll see that these are very accomplished young women," said Dawn Brenner, a program committee member. "Academically, they are strong, and their community service is outstanding."
The 65th York County Pageants event will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday at York Suburban Middle School, 455 Sundale Drive, Springettsbury Township, where more than $10,000 in scholarships will be awarded.
Contestants: Eight young women will compete for Miss York County and Miss White Rose City titles, while six compete for the Miss Susquehanna Valley crown. In each case, the winner will go on to compete in the Miss Pennsylvania contest.
Three winners will also be selected from 10 young women competing to go on to the Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen competition. From those 10 contestants, judges will select a Miss York County Outstanding Teen, a Miss Susquehanna Valley Outstanding Teen, and a Miss White Rose City Outstanding Teen.
The Miss Pennsylvania competition is open to young women age 17 to 24 who are Pennsylvania residents.
Girls age 12 to 17 who are Pennsylvania residents are eligible for Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen.
The competition: Two of the Miss contestants will receive $1,000 Chloe Eichelberger Interview Awards, while one teen contestant will receive a $250 interview award, Brenner said.
The evening includes special song and dance performances by past title holders. Pageant officials also will recognize past title holders from 1950 to the present, Brenner said.
The contestants must complete a private interview, answer an on-stage question, give a talent presentation, and model evening wear and active wear or swimsuits.
Each contestant needs to have a platform about an issue she wants to raise awareness of, and is expected to complete community service work related to her platform.
"I hope the girls gain from this experience a strengthened confidence and the ability to express themselves," Brenner said. "They're just great young ladies."
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