Miss Asheville Pageant open to women from Watauga, Avery
Organizers of the Miss Asheville 2012 Pageant are calling for contestants to compete for the Miss Asheville 2012 crown, as well as Miss Asheville's Outstanding Teen, in a gala event on Nov. 5, at T.C. Roberson High School in Skyland.
Young women ages 17 to 24 are invited to enter to compete for the title of Miss Asheville 2012, a subsidiary of the annual Miss America Pageant.
Miss Asheville 2012 will be eligible to compete in the 75th Miss North Carolina Pageant in June 2012 in Raleigh, whose winner will then compete in the 92nd Miss America 2013 Pageant, slated for January 2013 in Las Vegas, Nev.
Women living, working or attending school in the following counties are invited to enter: Avery, Buncombe, Haywood, Henderson, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Jackson, Rutherford, Transylvania, Watauga and Yancey.
The Miss Asheville Pageant is an all-volunteer organization, and proceeds of its fundraising efforts go into the scholarship fund that is awarded to Miss Asheville and runners-up. The pageant is part of the Miss America Organization, one of the nation's leading achievement programs that provide scholarship assistance to young women.
Miss Asheville contestants will compete in the categories of private interview, swimsuit, talent, evening wear and will answer an on-stage question. They will also be expected to complete a service project of their own choosing.
During her reign, Miss Asheville 2012 will take part in community service projects, as well as participating in fundraising for the Miss America Organization's charitable work on behalf of the Children's Miracle Network.
Part of the Miss Asheville Pageant will include a competition for Miss Asheville's Outstanding Teen. The winner will appear with Miss Asheville 2012 at the Miss North Carolina Pageant in Raleigh.
The Outstanding Teen competition is open to young ladies ages 13 to 17 who live in the counties listed above. Teens will compete in private interview, physical fitness, talent, evening wear and will answer an on-stage question.
The deadline to enter both competitions is Sept. 18. Those interested in entering should call (828) 676-1154 for an information packet.
Miss America Organization
The Miss America Organization is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women. Last year, the Miss America Organization and its state and local organizations made available more than $45 million in cash and scholarship assistance.