Miss Greater Rockville pageant to offer second title
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Rockville/Region - posted Fri., Feb. 1, 2013
The Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Pageant will likely give two titles this year. As happened at the inaugural event last March, the Feb. 16 pageant will likely crown a Miss Greater Rockville and a Miss Tolland County, and both will compete in the Miss Connecticut pageant in June.
Miss Greater Rockville Scholarship Organization Executive Director Teri Rogers said she spoke with representatives of the Miss Connecticut Board of Directors and determined that there are enough interested women, both in the Vernon area, as well as across the state, to offer a second title and scholarship prize.
“We saw the opportunity to award a scholarship to a second young woman, and it seemed like a no-brainer,” Rogers said.
The title of Miss Greater Rockville will go to woman from Vernon, South Windsor, Tolland or Ellington, while the Miss Tolland County title will be open to contestants from elsewhere in the state, in what is known as a “dual” competition. The title of Miss Greater Rockville's Outstanding Teen will also go to girl between the ages of 13 and 17, who will then compete at the Miss Connecticut's Outstanding Teen competition, held in conjunction with the Miss Connecticut pageant.
A spokesperson for the Miss Connecticut Scholarship Corporation said the Rockville pageant was such a success last year, that it is attracting a lot of attention from all over Connecticut, and there has also been some expressed interest from groups in the Tolland County area about possibly running a separate Miss Tolland County program next year.
The current Miss Greater Rockville, Katlyn Lewicke of Milford, received the highest non-finalist interview score at last summer's Miss Connecticut pageant. Miss Tolland County 2012, Kaitlyn Bogue of Oxford, won the non-finalist talent award.
Lewicke will be emceeing this year's local pageant, and has been making an effort to recruit young women from the area surrounding Rockville.
"I can't play favorites, of course, but I've met some particularly inspiring young women in this town," Lewicke said. "Some of them have shared their personal stories with me, and they come from hardworking, wonderful families; they care about social issues; they're concerned with bullying, with equal rights for minorities, with various charities and causes. They are so mature and strong. And they love their community. There must be something in the water here that ensures the girls grow up into bright, responsible, caring young women. I'll be thrilled to place the Miss Greater Rockville 2013 crown onto any one of their heads."
For more information, visit www.rockvillect.org/missgreaterrockville or www.missctamerica.org.