CALEDONIA — The Miss Racine Scholarship Program will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11, at Gifford Elementary School, 8332 Northwestern Ave.
Seven contestants will compete for the title of Miss Racine 2014. They are
* Haylee Bande, 20, a junior at Alverno College. Bande will twirl baton to “Patriotic Medley” and her platform is “Helping Military Families — The Fisher House Foundation.”
* Alyssa Bohm, 19, a sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Bohm will tap dance to “It Don’t Mean a Thing” for the talent competition and her platform is “Enhancing Opportunities for Special Needs Youth.”
* Angelena “Mia” Gutierrez, 18, a senior at Union Grove High School. Gutierrez’s platform is “Building Confidence in Young Women – Embracing Differences” and she will perform a Mexican folk dance to “Vuela Paloma” for her talent.
* Haley Lynam, 17, a senior at Case High School. Lynam’s talent will play “Gavotte from Mignon” on the violin and her platform is “The Power of Acceptance.”
* Stephanie Parco, 21, a junior at University of Wisconsin-Parkside. Parco will tap dance to “Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend” and her platform is “Hope and Helping Hands for the Aging.”
* Zhane Pica, 19, a sophomore at Indiana State University. Pica’s platform is “Stop the Silence — Sexual Child Abuse Prevention” and she will perform a vocal solo to “Alabaster Box” for the talent competition.
* Jennifer Schmidt, 17, a senior at The Prairie School. Schmidt’s platform is “Healthy Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle” and she will perform a lyrical jazz dance to ”It’s Oh So Quiet” for her talent.
Four contestants will compete for the title of Miss Racine’s Outstanding Teen 2014. They are:
* Alexandra Lutkus, 17, a junior at Case High School. She will sing “Holding Out for a Hero” for the talent competition and her platform is “Raise Your Voice.”
* Hayley Pendergast, 16, a junior at Case High School. Pendergast will perform a jazz dance to “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” for her talent and her platform is “Organ Donation.”
* Taylor Stefanski, 15, a sophomore at Horlick High School. Stefanski will sing “Good Morning Baltimore” from “Hairspray” and her platform is “Celebrating More Birthdays with Relay for Life.”
* Amy Stephan, 16, a junior at Case High School. Stephan will perform “Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Brahms” on the violin for her talent and her platform is “Literacy/Read Across America.”
The woman named Miss Racine and the teen named Miss Racine’s Outstanding Teen will both advance to state competition in June.
The pageant will feature Miss Racine 2013 Elise Elmblad and Miss Belle City’s Outstanding Teen 2013 Mara Mandli. Elmblad represented Racine in the Miss Wisconsin Pageant, held in Oshkosh in June, where she received a non-finalist talent award. She attends the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and her platform is “Share the Power of a Wish: Supporting the Make-A-Wish Foundation.” Mandli, who also competed in Oshkosh for the state title, attends Horlick High School and her platform is “VolunTEENism — A Foundation for a Lifetime.”
This year’s program emcees will be Paula Kuiper, Miss Wisconsin 2013, and Caitlin Morrall, Miss Racine 2002. Kuiper, was named Miss Wisconsin in June and competed for the title of Miss America in September, where she was seen on national television as a top 12 semi-finalist. Kuiper, who is taking a year off from her studies at UW-Milwaukee, formerly held the title of Miss Racine 2012 and her platform is “Breaking the Age Barrier.” Morrall, who went on to become Miss Wisconsin USA 2007, is a graduate of Alverno College and is currently the traffic reporter on Today’s TMJ4 “Live at Daybreak.” JamieNicole Morelan, Miss Wisconsin’s Outstanding Teen 2013, will be a guest performer at this year’s pageant. Morelan, a student at Case High School, formerly held the title of Miss Racine’s Outstanding Teen 2013 and was a top 10 finalist at the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen competition in Orlando in August.
The Miss Racine Pageant will also feature six contestants who will be competing for the regional title of Miss Belle City. The contestants are Rebecca Gaertner, Jessica Johnson, Hayley Jordan, Tyra McFarland, Tara Pizer, and Brianna Plunkett. The winner of this competition will also advance to the Miss Wisconsin Pageant in June.
Tickets cost $15 at the door. All seats are general admission.
The Miss Racine Scholarship Program, which has been in existence since 1960, is a local affiliate of the nonprofit Miss America Organization, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.