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    Student wins Miss Seminole pageant

    Jennifer Tuhro, 20, wins the crown, a $2,400 scholarship and gets to compete in the Miss Florida Pageant in June. She attends SPJC.

    By Times staff writer

    © St. Petersburg Times, published February 27, 2001

    SEMINOLE -- Jennifer Tuhro, 20, a student at St. Petersburg Junior College student, was crowned this weekend as Miss Seminole.

    Tuhro, daughter of Gary and Lynn Tuhro, ran on a platform of emphasizing arts programs in Pinellas County schools. She was sponsored by Lake Seminole Square and Freedom Square retirement complexes in the Largo-Seminole area.

    First runner-up in the Saturday competition was Teryn Terese Rozales, 23, of St. Petersburg, a graduate of Eckerd College. Katie Sara Mullis, 17, a Seminole High School student, was second runner-up.

    Tuhro received $2,400 in scholarship money; Rozales got $1,000 and Mullis got $700.

    In addition, Heather Nagy, 17, of Seminole High won the non-finalist talent award and Shelby Ann Burns, 23, of St. Petersburg won the Alene Carpenter Memorial non-finalist interview award. Each received $300.

    Carpenter, who volunteered for the pageant for years, died in 1998.

    Finally, Ranell Margarette Tinsley, 23, of St. Petersburg and a Stetson University graduate, was voted Miss Congeniality by her peers. She received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond.

    The Miss Seminole Scholarship Pageant is a preliminary event to the Miss America pageant. Tuhro will compete in the Miss Florida Pageant in June. The winner of the Miss Florida Pageant competes in the Miss America pageant in September.

    Henny Hlas, president and executive director of the Miss Seminole Pageant, said the Miss America organization awards more than $39-million in scholarship money annually on the local, state and national levels.

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