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Miss & Teen Greater Ventura County USA Pageant accepting applications

Posted: February 9, 2010 5:38 p.m.
Updated: February 10, 2010 5:26 p.m.

The Miss & Teen Greater Ventura County USA Pageant is now accepting applications.

The Miss & Teen Greater Ventura County USA Pageants is an official preliminary pageant to Miss California USA. Participants may obtain an educational scholarship worth $500. It is open to Teen applicants ranging from ages 14 to 17 and Miss applicants 17 to 25. This opportunity has led many local titleholders to pursue their education goals, modeling and acting opportunities.

Toay Productions has been providing young women with the opportunity to be the ambassador for the county of Ventura for over 10 years and awarded over $500,000 in cash, scholarship and prizes. The Teen & Miss titleholders will be awarded over $5000 in entry fee/scholarship, custom gown photo shoot with KSSP photography, website designed, jewelry make-up and many other wonderful gifts.

Corporate sponsors for this event are Lexus of Oxnard, H&R Block, AK Fine Jewelry of Ventura and Alaynas Prom & Bridal of Camarillo. These sponsors have helped to ensure that the new titleholder receive their scholarship and entry fee to the next state pageant.

Taylor Atkins was crowned Miss California Teen USA 2008 and will be hosting the Miss & Teen Greater Ventura County USA pageant. She is a currently attending UCLA majoring in communications. Because of her determination and opportunities with pageantry she was cast as the new face on the Nintendo Wii Game Diva Girls portraying Kelly Anderson and has been cast in a Nescaf national commercial.

This year's pageant is geared toward giving young women a choice to compete at a state pageant or receive a $500 cash scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, never married or pregnant. Participants must be a resident of California for the past six months. Applicants attending college out of state may enter if their primary residents is in California.

All participants will be taught communication skills, interview techniques, walking with confidence and grace and the importance of character. This year's pageant is dedicated to increasing the awareness of early detection of cancer and a portion of the proceeds of the event will be donated to the American Cancer Society.

Murray Foster Jr., the father of Toay Foster-Ortiz, passed away from colon cancer and it is her life goal to educate, encourage and effectively challenge everyone to get early check-ups and to learn more about the prevention of this disease.

The sign-up dates for the pageant are Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m. at Emily Ritchen School, 2200 Cabrillo Way Oxnard, CA.

Immediately following rehearsal the contestants have been invited to participate at the annual Family Night at Roundtable Pizza in Oxnard located at 1213 S Victoria Ave. This night is a Princess Event so all little girls are welcome to wear there princess attire.

The reigning Miss Greater Ventura County Teen USA, Lace Granatelli, Miss Greater Ventura County USA, Krystal Sewell, Miss Regional California Teen USA, Antonette Martin, Miss Regional California USA, Bonnie Carmalt and the reigning 2010 Miss California USA Nicole Johnson will be hosting the evening.

On Feb. 27 there will be a fashion show courtesy of Alaynas Bridal of Camarillo and the models will be the reigning Miss Greater Ventura County Teen USA, Lace Granatelli and Miss Greater Ventura County USA, Krystal Sewell, Miss Regional California Teen USA, Antonette Martin, Miss Regional California USA, Bonnie Carmalt and the reigning Miss California USA 2010, Nicole Johnson.

The Miss Regional California Teen USA Antonette Martin is an Oxnard resident and was third runner-up out of over 60 contestants at the Miss California Teen USA pageant. Antonette has a strong passion to teach young teen girls to have a positive self-image, the importance of giving back to the community and to pursue higher education.

Bonnie Carmalt was awarded the title of Miss Regional California USA 2009. She is a graduate of Chapman University and currently an Assistant District Manager for a pharmaceutical company. She has dedicated numerous hours to the Big Brother and Big Sister Program, Leukemia Foundation and raising scholarship dollars for young women. She was top fifteen and a top ten finalists at the 2010 Miss California USA pageant.

These young women have set a goal of being the official county representatives for all local community events in Ventura County. Their goal is to log over a thousand hours of community service by speaking at schools, attending chamber events, cancer research activities and helping young women to be effective communicators and successful contributors to society.

The pageant will be on March 21 and held at the Pacifica Performing Arts Center, 600 West Gonzales, Oxnard, CA. Tickets will be available at the door for $20 the night of the competition. This pageant encourages young women that would like to make a positive impact in their community and to be motivated to achieve their educational and career goals.

The 2009 Miss Greater Ventura County Teen USA, Lace Granatelli and Miss Greater Ventura County USA, Krystal Sewell will be available for appearances at local businesses or charitable events. 

This story is posted in The Signal's SCV Raw section. Click here for more information about SCV Raw.


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