Miss Coon Rapids pageant Nov. 23

The Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Program will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23 at Coon Rapids High School.

Theresa Leggate, executive director, Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant.

Theresa Leggate, executive director, Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant.

Young women between the ages of 17-24 are eligible to compete for the title of Miss Coon Rapids and the ages of 13-17 are eligible to compete for Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen.

The Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant, now in its 49th year, is an open pageant. Contestants do not need to live, work or go to school in the city of Coon Rapids to participate.

The winner of the Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant advances to the Miss Minnesota Pageant and the Miss Minnesota winner qualifies for the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

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.

Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallis earned $4,250 at both the local and state levels, while Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers earned $500. Both Coon Rapids titleholders were named third runner up to Miss Minnesota and Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen. Current Miss Minnesota Rebecca Yeh won a preliminary talent award and was named fourth runner-up at the Miss America Pageant Sept. 15. Between the local, state and national programs Yeh earned approximately $25,000 in scholarships to further her education.

There is not an entry fee to compete in the Miss America system.

The competition includes artistic expression (talent), presentation and community achievement (interview); presence and poise (evening wear) and lifestyle and fitness (swimsuit).

Historically, the Miss Coon Rapids titleholder spends a great deal of time traveling throughout not only the city, but the entire state, promoting her platform and letting others know what the city of Coon Rapids has to offer, according to Theresa Leggate, Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant executive director.

She is available to all civic organizations and businesses for speaking engagements, event participation, ribbon cuttings, celebrations, or whatever the need may be, Leggate said.

To find out more about the program please visit whttp://misscoonrapidspageant.weebly.com/ Information can also be found on Facebook at Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant.

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