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Miss Seminole Pageant on March 1

By JULIANNE WU, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published February 23, 2003

SEMINOLE -- Twelve women will compete in the 36th annual Miss Seminole Scholarship Pageant Saturday. The event, a preliminary to the Miss Florida and Miss America scholarship pageants, will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Seminole High School auditorium, 8401 131st St. N.

Miss Florida 2002 Katherine Carson will be the mistress of ceremonies.

Contestants for the title of Miss Seminole 2003 are Jennifer Tuhro, 22, Rachel Potter, 18, and Kimberly Erin Leonard, 22, of St. Petersburg College and Debbie Faulkner, 17, who is home schooled with dual enrollment at St. Petersburg College.

Also, Jennifer Lauren Summers, 20, and Elizabeth Everett, 20, of the University of South Florida, and USF graduates Suzanne Dani'L Metzler, 22, and Cristina Bermudez, 23; Meredith Kovarik, 21, University of Central Florida; Rebekah Green, 20, University of Tampa and Rachel Thomsen, 18, and Amy Clements, 18, of Seminole High School.

A contestant must be between the ages of 17 and 24, a U.S. citizen, single -- that means, never having been married and no children -- and must live, work, go to school or volunteer in Pinellas County.

Miss Seminole contestants will compete for $6,100 in cash and in-kind scholarship money. The winner will receive a $2,700 cash scholarship and a $1,000 scholarship toward a cosmetology program at Loraine's Academy; first runner-up receives $1,000 and second runner-up, $700. The two non-finalist awards, for best talent and interview, are $300 each and Miss Congeniality, voted on by the contestants themselves, will receive a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

This year's Miss Florida Scholarship Pageant will be in June at the Mahaffey Theater in St. Petersburg. The Miss America organization, the largest provider of scholarships for young women in the world, awards over $40 million annually.

Tickets for Saturday's Miss Seminole event are $8 each and can be purchased at the Greater Seminole Area Chamber of Commerce office, 8400 113th St. N or at the door.

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