St. Francis — The Miss St Francis scholarship pageant is seeking contestants for its 53rd annual event, which will be held Feb. 4.

A contestant orientation meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Dec. 11, at the St. Francis Lions Community Center, 3476 E. Howard Ave., beginning at 1:30 p.m. Participants should be prepared to have an individual photo taken following the meeting. Contestants may bring their completed application to the orientation meeting. Participation is limited to 10 contestants.

Every Miss St. Francis participant will be offered a cash scholarship ($8,000 in scholarships were awarded in 2016) for the 2017 event, which will be held at Saint Thomas More High School.

To be eligible to compete for the title of Miss St. Francis, contestants should live, work full time or be a full-time student in the cities of St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee or Oak Creek or in Bay View (53207 ZIP code). Each candidate must be a U.S. citizen, a high school graduate by June of this year; be at least age 17 by the date of the pageant and no older than 24 on December 31, 2017, and must not have been a previous Miss St. Francis or participated as a state titleholder in the Miss America pageant..

Interested young women may contact Steve Hecker at steve.hecker@live.com, Dave Goltz at occgift@att.net or Dane Czeszak at msfpageant@aol.com to obtain an application.  Information is also available on the Miss St. Francis website, http://misssaintfrancis.com

There is no entry fee. Contestants are required to secure $100 in donations to the Miss America national charity (Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals).

Miss St. Francis pageant participants are judged in the following areas of competition: private interview, talent, evening wear, lifestyle & fitness in swimsuit and on-stage interview. The winner participates in community events and promotes her personal platform throughout the year and represents our community in the Miss Wisconsin pageant.

The 2017 Miss Wisconsin will be held in Oshkosh from June 11-17, 2017.

Gina Miliacca of Oak Creek, as Miss St Francis 2016, received a $3,100 cash scholarship and $2,100 in additional scholarships at Miss Wisconsin as third runner-up, talent preliminary, health & science, rookie talent and rookie of the year award winner. She will graduate this coming May from Concordia University with a degree in exercise physiology on her way to obtaining a doctorate in physical therapy.

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