Ten of Niagara County’s finest young ladies will compete Saturday for scholarship money and a chance to represent New York state in the Miss America pageant.
The Miss Niagara County Scholarship Competition will be held at Niagara Falls High School. Now in its fifth year since being revived by the civic group Operation Pride and Progress, the contest is a chance for any 17- to 24-year-old woman who goes to school or lives in Niagara County to earn money for college.
“It’s something very nice in the area that I don’t think a lot of people are aware of,” said Marilyn Morreale, president of the competition.
“We felt there was a need for it in the area,” said Ron Anderluh, the pageant’s executive director. “It’s a great way to earn some extra money for tuition.”
Contestants will be judged on a personal interview, talent, evening wear, on-stage question and swimsuit. Some of the talents to be featured will include Middle Eastern dance, singing and a violin performance.
“It shows a lot of talent,” Morreale said. “The talents are beautiful. The girls are stupendous.”
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