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Miss Berkeley County/Miss North Eastern pageant set for Saturday, Feb. 18

February 16, 2012|By CRYSTAL SCHELLE | crystal.schelle@herald-mail.com

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Just like fashions have changed over the years, scholarship pageants have come a long way since elbow-length white gloves and crinoline skirts.

Today's modern contestants are college-minded women who plan to apply the scholarship money that comes with winning the title to pay for college.

Just like contestants who will participate in the Miss Berkeley County/Miss North Eastern Scholarship Pageant at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, at Apollo Civic Theatre, 128  E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

Shelley Nichols-Franklin, executive director for Miss Berkeley County/Miss North Eastern Scholarship Pageant, said today's young women can still gain valuable tools from participating in a pageant.

Nichols-Franklin said contestants can learn to have a sense of style, gain a positive outlook and be physically fit.

Or more importantly, a scholarship pageant titleholder can have an influence on her peers, Nichols-Franklin said, and "act as role models ... which can lead to their success."

It's also about the chance that winners can take home money for school.

Nichols-Franklin said both Miss titles will receive $750 in scholarship money, as well as an official crown, sash and flowers. Additionally, the Miss titleholders will also receive an $1,000 scholarship to Shepherd University, provided by Shepherd University Foundation.

Teen winners will receive $150 savings bond, a sash, crown and her $250 entry fee paid to the Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen Pageant.

Nichols-Franklin said all four winners will receive gift certificates, lifestyle session and pageant consultation. Runner-up for the Miss will receive $250, plus gifts and the teen runner-up will receive flowers.

Hans Fogle of WEPM radio and Miss West Virginia 2011 Spenser Wempe will cohost the event. Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen 2011 Isabel Raese will make an appearance. There will also be special entertainment by Christian Lopez, season 11 "American Idol" semifinalist.

Winners will move on to the Miss West Virginia and Miss West Virginia Outstanding Teen Pageant that will be held in June in Morgantown, W.Va.

To the contestants participating this year, Nichols-Franklin offered some words of advice: "Be yourself, even if you don't win, take this as a learning experience as you ultimately are a role model to others, and to have fun and embrace the moment."



If you go ...

WHAT: Miss Berkeley County/Miss North Eastern Scholarship Pageant

WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18

WHERE:  Apollo Civic Theatre, 128  E. Martin St., Martinsburg, W.Va.

COST:  $10; $5 for children; free for ages 5 and younger

MORE: Tickets can be purchased at the door or go to www.missberkeleycounty.org

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