Sixteen young women will be competing for the title of Miss Maple City on Saturday.
The Miss Maple City 2007 Scholarship Program, sponsored by The Maple City Ice Co. of Norwalk, will take place at 7 p.m. at Main Street School in Norwalk. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $10 each which includes a reception for Miss Maple City 2007 after the pageant.
The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship, crown from Crider Jewelers, a night's lodging Saturday night at The Econo Lodge in Norwalk, breakfast at Berry's Restaurant Sunday morning, a photo session at Moll Photography in Norwalk, a gift certificate from Theresa-Ann's in Lexington and the right to represent Norwalk at The Miss Ohio Scholarship Pageant in Mansfield in June.
The state winner competes for the title of Miss America.
Entertainment for the show will be provided by Miss Maple City 2006 Erin Jeffery, Five Pointe Dance Academy Studio of Bellevue and The Miss Maple City Lil Sisses under the direction of Lisa Gillen.
Judges will be Miss Maple City 1998 and 2000 Blythe Gresser of Columbus, Susie Harlan of Mansfield, Brian McIntyre of Cleveland, Smith Runyan of Delaware, Karen DeLong of New London, Tina Beier and Dave Schild of Norwalk.
Auditors will be Kim Moll of Medina and Jan Moll of Brunswick.
Emcees for the show will be Jeffery and Wil Vickery Jr.
During the evening wear competition, each contestant is accompanied by a Lil Sis. Jeffery will be accompanied by her Lil Sis from last February, Courtney and Rachel Bleile, daughters of Greg and Lisa Bleile of Norwalk. Each contestant has a platform issue which she strongly believes in and works with and will speak on during her year of service as Miss Maple City 2007.
The contestants are:
Jackie Adams, 17, is the daughter of Ken and Doree Adams of Mentor. She is a senior at Lake Catholic High School. Adams will perform a dance/2 baton twirl. Her platform is Heightening Awareness Of Celiac Sprue Disease. Her Lil Sis will be Ashton Johns, daughter of Barry and Amy Johns of Norwalk.
Amy Allen, 22, is the daughter of Victor and Brenda Allen of Akron. She attends Mount Vernon Nazarene University. Allen will sing. Her platform is Urban Renewal Through Habitat For Humanity. Her Lil Sis will be Lydia Gillen, daughter of Gary and Lisa Gillen of Norwalk.
Katie Camp, 20, is the daughter of Marc and Tonya Camp of Newark. She attends Wright State University. Camp will perform a tap routine. Her platform is Mentoring Through The Arts. Her Lil Sis will be Grace Gillen, daughter of Gary and Lisa Gillen of Norwalk.
Roberta Camp, 22, is the daughter of Harold Camp and Denise Williams of Orient. She attends the Ohio State University. Camp will sing. Her platform is Change Our World: Build Character. Her Lil Sis will be Malone Malson, daughter of Tracy and Lisa Hivnor of Norwalk.
Amanda Culp, 19, is the daughter of Harold and Cheryl Culp of Canton. She attends Ohio University. Culp will do a monologue. Her platform is Art Education Awareness. Her Lil Sisses will be Courtney & Rachel Bleile, daughters of Greg and Lisa Bleile of Norwalk.
Jillian Dansko, 22, is the daughter of Ron and Renee Dansko of Seven Hills. She attends John Carroll University. Dansko will perform a tap routine. Her platform is Artistic Involvement For The Disabled. Her Lil Sis will be Elyse Roth, daughter of Mike and Jeanette Roth of Norwalk.
Angela Funovits, 19, is the daughter of Bill and Fong Funovits of Avon Lake. She attends Kent State University. Funovits will perform magic. Her platform is The Magic Of Medicine: Using Magic To Achieve Holistic Healing. Her Lil Sis will be Alaina Kelley, daughter of Jeff and Jackie Kelley of Norwalk.
Ashley Hartman, 19, is the daughter of Mark and Susan Hartman of Canton. She attends The University of Akron. Hartman will perform a jazz dance. Her platform is The Importance Of Internet Safety. Her Lil Sis will be Taylor Tanzillo, daughter of Todd and Marlie Tanzillo of Norwalk.
Jami Kinton, 22, is the daughter of John and Judy Kinton of Mansfield. She is a graduate of The Ohio State University. Kinton will perform a jazz dance. Her platform is Adoption: A Positive Option. Her Lil Sis will be Elyse Balduff, daughter of Brandon and Melissa Balduff of Norwalk.
Kristen Liguori, 20, is the daughter of Joe Liguori of Niles, Ohio. She attends The University Of Cincinnati. Liguori will sing. Her platform is Community Service: Give & Grow. Her Lil Sis will be Kirsten Kelley, daughter of Jeff and Jackie Kelley of Norwalk.
Rachel Maris, 23, is the daughter of Terry and Kathy Maris of Ada. She attends The University Of Rio Grande. Maris will sing. Her platform is Opening Eyes To The Importance Of Early Vision Screening. Her Lil Sis will be Andrea Malfara, daughter of Bob and Lori Malfara of Norwalk.
Jennifer Nageotte, 23, is the daughter of Edward and Debbie Nageotte of Parma. She attends Case Western Reserve University School Of Law. Nageotte will sing. Her platform is Women At Work Striving For A Family Friendly Workplace. Her Lil Sis will be Alexandria Osborn, daughter of Tom and Beth Osborn of Norwalk.
Alyssa Speicher, 20, is the daughter of Scott and Bobbi Speicher of Plymouth. She attends The Ohio State University. Speicher will perform a dance-baton twirl routine. Her platform is Hoops For Heart: Increasing Advocacy And Awareness For Cardiovascular Diseases. Her Lil Sis will be Carson Careless, daughter of Todd and Brenda Careless of Norwalk.
Brooke Waddles, 20, is the daughter of Ed Waddles and Ivallean Weaver of Plymouth. She attends The Ohio State University. Waddles will perform a baton twirling routine. Her platform is Big Brothers, Big Sisters Of America: Improving Our Nation For The Future Now. Her Lil Sis will be Kamryn Maxwell, daughter of Joe and Tonia Maxwell of Norwalk.
Heather Waterman, 19, is the daughter of Robert and Judy Waterman of Celina. She attends Wright State University Lake Campus. Waterman will sing. Her platform is Mentoring: Interacting One On One. Her Lil Sis will be Ashley Pechauer, daughter of Scott and Rhonda Pechauer of Norwalk.
Janelle Zindroski, 19, is the daughter of James and Barbara Zindroski of North Royalton. She attends Bowling Green State University. Zindroski will sing. Her platform is Making A Difference In The Community Teen Volunteering. Her Lil Sis will be Mackenna Foster, daughter of Bryan and Nikki Foster of Norwalk.