Miss Greater Rockville teaches RHS students about pageant

By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon/Ellington/Tolland/South Windsor - posted Thu., Dec. 27, 2012
Miss Greater Rockville Katlyn Lewicke chats with Rockville High School sophomore Mariah Olsen at the school on Dec. 20. Photo by Steve Smith.
Miss Greater Rockville Katlyn Lewicke chats with Rockville High School sophomore Mariah Olsen at the school on Dec. 20. Photo by Steve Smith.

As the second annual Miss Greater Rockville pageant nears, Katlyn Lewicke – the current reigning titleholder – is helping to spread awareness about the program, including a stop during lunch waves at Rockville High School on Dec. 20 and 21.

With a focus on finding a local representative to compete for the Miss Connecticut crown (the local pageant is open to girls from Vernon, South Windsor, Tolland and Ellington), Lewicke spoke with about 30 potential “Miss” and “Teen” contestants, answering their questions and sometimes dispelling myths about what a pageant girl is.

“I think a lot of girls are not sure what the pageant entails, how they can get involved, or whether it's right for them,” Lewicke said. “A lot of their concerns are that they are not glamorous enough, not pretty enough, or not tall enough. What I'm trying to communicate is that it's really a program for everyone. You enter with the hope of bettering yourself, and it's a great opportunity to get more involved in the community.”

The focus, for Lewicke and the pageant's organizers, is to emphasize the scholarships for local young women. While fundraising is going on to make the scholarship prize larger for the winner, anyone who competes is eligible for other scholarships – something that intrigued many RHS students.

“We're doing as many events as possible between now and then to raise funds for the pageant on Feb. 16, and as much as possible will be allocated to the scholarship fund,” Lewicke said. “We're going to be giving away as much as possible to the girls.”

Lewicke said that pageants are as much an internal process as they are external. “People think of the glitter and glamour – the big hair and the makeup and the dresses – but it really is about being comfortable with yourself,” Lewicke said. “To walk, talk, perform and be who you are is a really worthwhile endeavor for a lot of young ladies.”

Lewicke is also taking a more active role in preparing for the pageant's production. She will serve as emcee (which is allowed, but uncommon for an outgoing titleholder), while planning her remaining appearances for recruiting contestants as well as sponsors and volunteers.

“There's a lot excitement building,” she said. “We're recruiting as many contestants as possible and getting information out to them. We're planning my last appearances and getting as many sponsors on board as possible to help the next Miss Greater Rockville have a successful year and compete for Miss Connecticut.”

For more information about the Miss Greater Rockville competition, visit rockvillect.org/missgreaterrockville or contact Executive Director Terilynn Rogers at tslingback@comcast.net.

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