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Scholarship pageant returns to Lincoln region on Sunday

Julie Jacobson | AP
Julie Jacobson | AP
Miss America contestant, Arikka Knights, Miss Maine, changes her boots after the "Show Us Your Shoes" parade, Friday, Jan. 14, 2011 in Las Vegas.
By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — The Lincoln Lakes region’s first such event in about 15 years will occur Sunday when the Miss Greater Lincoln Scholarship Pageant debuts on Sunday, organizers said Friday.

Fifteen contestants will compete at Mattanawcook Academy at 3 p.m. for the titles of Miss Lincoln Lakes, Miss Lincoln Lakes Outstanding Teen and Miss Penobscot Outstanding Teen in event sponsored by the Lincoln Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce.

The public is invited. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 12 and under. Advance tickets are available at Possibilities, Avanti Bridal and Creative Blooms and More. Tickets will also be available at the door. Miss Maine 2010 Arikka Knights of Chester is the pageant’s production director.

Chamber president and pageant Director Cheryl Russell dedicated this year’s pageant to the memory of Gail Gardner of Lincoln, who for many years played an instrumental role in the success of the former pageant.

“Gail had an incredible sense of style, fashion and grace and she was committed to the educational success of each young lady who participated in the program,” Russell said in a statement.

The pageant provides contestants a chance to win scholarship money and to further their personal growth and education, including their leadership, communication and public-speaking skills, Russell said.

The Lincoln Lakes pageant is a preliminary to the Miss Maine Scholarship Pageant, which is itself the official state preliminary to Miss America, one of the nation’s leading achievement programs and the largest source of scholarships for women in the world, Russell said.

Competition is open to single and never-married women who are or will be a high school graduate by June 2012, are 17-24 years old, United States citizens and residents, full-time students or full-time employees in Maine.

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