Scholarship pageant set for March 2

Local young women who dream of becoming Miss America can get started in Elkins, where they have an opportunity to compete in the Miss Central West Virginia Regional Scholarship Pageant.

Contestants who take part in this pageant have the opportunity to compete at a regional, state and national level. They could even go on to become Miss America.

The Miss Central West Virginia Regional Scholarship Miss and Outstanding Teen pageant, which is an official preliminary to the Miss West Virginia Organization, will be held at the Old Brick Playhouse in downtown Elkins on March 2, beginning at 6:30 p.m. There also will be a Junior Miss pageant for ages 5 to 12 on March 3, starting at 4 p.m. Titles will be awarded each day and the pageant is open to contestants statewide.

The Miss W.Va. Organization and Miss W.Va. Outstanding Teen pageants showcase some of the most talented, educated and socially aware women of the state. The goal of this organization is to promote the education of young women in the Outstanding Teen, ages 13 to 17, and the Miss, ages 17 to 24, who reside in West Virginia, by providing scholarships at every local pageant and the annual state pageant.

Both of the Outstanding Teen and Miss winners will compete at the state level, which is usually held in Morgantown every June.

Scholarships will be awarded by the Miss Central West Virginia Regional Pageant. Several thousand dollars of in-kind scholarships have been secured for this pageant and also will be available.

More information on this pageant is available by contacting Director Jerry Corley at 304-635-0174 or jlcorley2004@msn.com; Linda Sponaugle at 304-636-7309 or lssponaugle@yahoo.com; or Connie Pingley at 304-642-7033 or ping@senecarealtyco.com.

Scholarship pageant set for March 2

Organizers of a regional scholarship pageant are excited that a number of young women have signed up for this year’s competition – but there is still time for more contestants to enter.

The pageant is set for 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the Old Brick Playhouse in downtown Elkins. Four titles will be awarded, when four young women will be crowned Miss North Central West Virginia, Miss Randolph County, Miss North Central West Virginia Outstanding Teen and Miss Randolph County Outstanding Teen.

The North Central West Virginia Regional Scholarship Miss and Outstanding Teen Pageant is an official local preliminary to the Miss West Virginia Organization. That means young ladies in the area who take part in this pageant have the opportunity to compete at a regional, state and national level. They could even go on to become Miss America.

The pageant also includes a special Junior Miss mentoring program for girls, which is set at 4 p.m. March 3.

Linda Sponaugle, who handles pageant accounts and is the Junior Miss coordinator, said the pageants are an excellent way for girls and young women to develop confidence, learn interviewing skills and win a range of scholarships. Some contestants have taken part in pageants before, but those who are new to competitions always are welcome.

“A lot of it is good experience – the more you do, the more you learn,” Sponaugle said Tuesday, adding that many contestants take part because of the opportunity to win scholarship money for higher education.

“It is a lot of fun,” she said about helping with the contest and working with the young women. “I enjoy doing it, and it’s a great scholarship pageant. … As long as you live in West Virginia, you can participate.”

The Miss West Virginia Organization and Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen pageants are designed to promote the education of young women in the Outstanding Teen category, ages 13 to 17, and the Miss category, ages 17 to 24, by providing educational scholarships.

Contestants in the Elkins pageant will compete in a range of categories, such as evening wear, interview and on-stage questions. By registering, participants help support Children’s Miracle Network.

Girls in the Junior Miss pageant also will compete in different categories, such as casual wear and on-stage questions, Sponaugle said. The mentoring program for ages 5 to 12 is designed for girls who might be interested in competing in pageants when they are older. The winner of the honorary Junior Miss title will be able to take part in the Miss Monarch mentoring program in Morgantown this spring.

Sponaugle said the pageant relies on support from the community, and organizers are actively seeking more sponsors. The Inter-Mountain is one of the sponsors for the pageant.

“Last year, we had tons of sponsors,” she said. “We got a lot of good support.”

She hopes to see that again this year.

Anyone interested in more information about participating in the pageant or becoming a sponsor can contact Jerry Corley, pageant director, at 304-635-0174 or jlcorley2004@msn.com; Connie Pingley, Teen and Miss coordinator, at 304-642-7033 or ping@senecarealtyco.com; or Sponaugle at 304-636-7309 or lssponaugle@yahoo.com.