Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Everyone wants to be Miss Pennsylvania

When was the last time anyone watched the Miss America pageant? Can you even find it on TV anymore? Low ratings forced the pageant off network TV years ago.

It bounced around a bunch of cable channels including Country Music Television, it was moved to Las Vegas and I think it was turned into some sort of reality show. Not sure if contestants had to eat worms or anything like that.

Despite the apathy pageants are receiving from TV viewers, there appears to be a lot of interest in the Miss Pennsylvania pageant. The Associated Press even moved a story the other day saying 27 women were vying for the Miss Pennsylvania crown.

The winner of the state pageant will represent Pennsylvania in the Miss America competition.

In addition to the crown and the shot at Miss America, the state winner gets a $7,000 scholarship. The state winner will be crowned July 12 at Nazareth Area High School, Nazareth, PA.

Here's a list of the 27 contestants:

— Miss Allegheny Valley: Courtney Blackhurst
— Miss Armstrong County: Kendria Perry
— Miss Butler County: Brooke Miller
— Miss Cambria County: Tiffani Boyd
— Miss Central Pennsylvania: Ekanem Akpakip
— Miss Crawford County: Shauna Nicole Rice
— Miss Golden Triangle: Brittny Lynne Sparrow
— Miss Greater Berks County: Brina Courtney Morgan Williams
— Miss Greater Johnstown: Carmen Bloom
— Miss Greater Juniata Valley: Anna Welsh
— Miss Jewel of the West: Melissa Frances Pierce
— Miss Keystone: Lexie-Olivia Grant
— Miss Lehigh Area: Amy Anderson
— Miss MidState: Rachel Henry
— Miss Moraine State: Courtney E. Thomas
— Miss Northeast: Andrea Helfrich
— Miss Northwest: Ashley Rebekah Duespohl
— Miss Philadelphia: Brintha Vasagar
— Miss Richland Area: Lucy Hazelet
— Miss River City: Katelyn Koval
— Miss Southeastern Pennsylvania: Jenna Renee Knopsnyder
— Miss Southwestern Pennsylvania: Shannon Doyle
— Miss Steel Valley: Kelsey Lynn Pitini
— Miss Susquehanna Valley: Sarah Timm
— Miss Three Rivers: Jessica Megliss
— Miss White Rose City: Amanda Lee Sellers
— Miss York County: Randi Levendusky

For more information, visit the pageant's Web site at

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