Contestants for the Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant are now being accepted

From Miss Green Bay Area, September 28, 2010
by Kristi Bares, allmedia@missgreenbayarea.com, (414) 344-8141

Contestants for the Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant 2011 are now being accepted! The competition is open to young women ages 17-24 who are looking to be involved in the Green Bay Area community while earning scholarship money. Application forms and informational packets are available at http://www.missgreenbayarea.com. Completed applications are due by October 15, 2010.

The stages of the Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant are private interview, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, talent, evening wear, and on-stage question. Contestants also must choose a platform/topic they will build on throughout the year to improve their community.

The Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant is a local preliminary to the Miss Wisconsin and Miss America Scholarship Pageants. This year, Miss Green Bay Area Kimberly Sawyer won the Miss Wisconsin Pageant and will now be competing in the Miss America Pageant in January. Kimberly is a graduate of St. Norbert College in DePere. Upon Kimberly's Miss Wisconsin win, the Miss Green Bay Area Organization named the next highest scoring eligible contestant from the Miss Green Bay Area Pageant as Miss Green Bay Area. This individual is Michelle Keehan, also a St. Norbert College graduate. Both young women have been very active in the community and have been working toward raising volunteerism. Each has received valuable scholarship money from the program and gained experience in interviewing, public speaking, professionalism and other life skills.

This year, the Miss Green Bay Organization is also launching the Miss Green Bay Area Outstanding Teen pageant for girls ages 13 to 17 and the princess program for all the princesses ages 8 to 12 in the community. The Outstanding Teen Pageant encourages positive achievement while helping to nurture and build the scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement of our youth. The princess program is a mentorship program for Miss Green Bay Area contestants to spend quality time with young ladies to help them gain confidence and self esteem, and is not a competition. Applications for Miss Green Bay Area Outstanding Teen are also due by October 15, 2010. Application forms and more information are available at http://www.missgreenbayarea.com. For more information about the princess program, please contact MissGBA@missgreenbayarea.com.

Miss Green Bay Area Outstanding Teen is also part of the Miss America Program and will compete for Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen in June of 2011. The winner of Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen will compete for Miss America Outstanding Teen. This past year, Miss Wisconsin Outstanding Teen 2009 Jeanette Morelan won Miss America Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant awards thousands of dollars of cash and in-kind scholarships to young women each year. The Miss America Scholarship Pageant is the largest scholarship program for young women and one of the nation's leading achievement programs. Since the program began, the Miss America Organization as a whole has awarded more than $200 million in cash scholarships. Each year, the Miss America Organization makes available over $46 million in cash and in-kind scholarships at the local, state and national levels.

In addition, the Miss America Organization opens doors and provides opportunities for young women to make a difference in their communities. Jenny Thomas, Miss Green Bay Area 2009, states "I have learned so much about our area and what it provides to those who live in it. I have seen first hand the caring nature of those that are active in it, and have grown as a person with the help of those in our community."

The Miss Green Bay Area Scholarship Pageant and Miss Wisconsin Scholarship Pageant, like all pageants within the Miss America Scholarship Organization, provide opportunities for young women to make a difference in their community and promote a platform they believe in. This program helps young women to develop themselves and their futures, while providing scholarship money to further their education.

Anyone with questions should email MissGBA@missgreenbayarea.com