Miss West Virginia pageant this weekend

June 18, 1997

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. - Two area residents will compete in the 1997 Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant at Robert C. Byrd High School auditorium tonight, Friday, June 20, and Saturday, June 21.

Miss Berkeley County 1997 Traci Staley and Miss Jefferson County 1997 Megan McKenery will compete for more than $20,000 in college scholarships and the chance to represent West Virginia at the Miss America pageant in Atlantic City, N.J., in September.

There will be two nights of preliminary competition for the 17 contestants, and WBOY-TV will provide a live telecast of the finals Saturday night which will begin with the announcement of the top 10 semifinalists and culminate with the crowning of Miss West Virginia 1997.

Staley competed for state honors as Miss Jefferson County 1996, Miss Berkeley County 1995 and Miss Jefferson County 1994. She was first runner-up in the 1996 state pageant and second runner-up in the 1995 state pageant.


A Shepherd College student seeking a bachelor's degree in communications, Staley will sing during the talent competition. Her platform is to promote Hospice and to encourage people to volunteer.

Miss Jefferson County 1997 Megan McKenery will perform a dramatic monologue from " 'Night, Mother" during the talent competition. Her platform is preventing childhood abduction. She has developed "Blow Your Whistle," a self-protection program she hopes to see introduced in schools. The 19-year-old Shepherd College elementary education major represented Hampshire County in the 1996 Miss West Virginia Scholarship Pageant.

Miss West Virginia 1988 Lisa Seagroves Nulph will be mistress of ceremonies. Nulph, former hostess of West Virginia Lottery, served the state pageant as co-host in 1992 and judge in 1996.

"Reach for the Stars" is the pageant's theme. Production highlights will include a vocal performance by Kari Safford, Miss West Virginia 1996. She will present Olympic themes in "Reach" and "The Power of the Dream" and a medley of hits from the `90s along with the contestants and Miss West Virginia Dancers.


Tickets are $15 for tonight and Friday, June 20, and $20 Saturday, June 21. The cost of a ticket for all three nights is $40. For ticket information, call 1-304-842-8760, 1-304-623-6006. If available, tickets will be sold at the door.

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