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St. Francis — Five women will vie for the title of Miss St. Francis on Saturday, Feb. 4.

The 53rd Annual Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of St. Thomas More High School, 2601 E. Morgan Ave., St. Francis.

The 2017 contestants (and their community sponsors) are: Sarah Bittner (St. Francis Civic Association), Morgan Ellis (PDQ Tooling Inc.), Natalie Haberman (Advance Products), Kayla Knuth (Allied Industries), and Erin Krueger (St. Francis Dental Center).

Two former Miss St. Francis titleholders will serve as emcees and vocalists, Michelle (Smukowski) Becker (2005) and Elyse (Wojciechowski) Scheeler (2008).

Scholarship/awards

The winner will succeed Miss St. Francis 2016 Gina Miliacca of Oak Creek. Miss St. Francis 2017 will be offered a $3,000 scholarship and the opportunity to compete at the 2017 Miss Wisconsin Pageant in June 11-18 in Oshkosh.

Scholarships will be offered to all participants to the school of their choice.  All contestants will be offered a $500 scholarship, the first runner up will be offered a $1,500 scholarship. Other special scholarships will be also be offered to contestant for the most ticket sales, the most ad sales, the George P. George Congeniality (selected by the contestants) and the Memorial award (selected by the support staff).

Two other awards – Robert R. Freimuth non-finalist talent and Alyce L. Freimuth non-finalist interview – will be based on judges scores.

Little Miss

In addition, the Annual Princess Program will again precede the scholarship pageant.

The non-competitive program offers young girls between the ages of 5-12 the opportunity to perform onstage before a live audience, dress up as a princess and have a tiara placed on her head during a “Crowning Ceremony”. Princesses are welcome from anywhere. For an application and fee information, contact Cathy Berndt at rberndt2@wi.rr.com or Andrea Berndt-Bender andreacberndt@hotmail.com.

Scholarship pageant tickets for general seating are $15 and available from the contestants or by contacting Co-Executive Director David Goltz at 414-483-8353.

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