The 52nd annual Miss Garden Grove Pageant and the 8th annual Miss Garden Grove’s Outstanding Teen Pageant will be held Friday at the Marriott Suites Hotel at Chapman Avenue and Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove, beginning at 7:30 p.m.
The events are scholarship pageants where contestants are judged on a combination of talent, interview skills and on their answer to an on-stage question. Contestants will also appear in evening wear and swimsuits (outstanding teen contestants do not appear in the swimsuit portion).
Winner of the Miss Garden Grove pageant will receive a $1000 scholarship and the Oustanding Teen a $500 savings bond. A wide variety of other scholarships will also be awarded.
The Miss Garden Grove pageant is a preliminary to the Miss American pageant. The local winner advances to the Miss California event, and possibly beyond.
This year’s candidates for Miss Garden Grove are:
• Veronica Williams, sponsored by the Garden Grove Firefighters Association;
• Bree Morse (Kiwanis Club of Greater Garden Grove);
• Melanie Thomas (Orange County Opthamology);
• Aimee Le (Farmers & Merchants Bank);
• Alexis Galschiodt (Garden Grove Lions Club);
• Rachel Stoughton (Grove Body Shop);
• Brittany Olson (Garden Grove Evening Kiwanis Club);
• Missy Mendoza (Widdicombe Enterprises/McDonald’s);
• Christy Genta (Guiliano’s Specialty Foods);
• Leah Cecil (Garden Grove Rotary Club);
This year’s candidates for Outstanding Teen are:
• Alyssa Alex (Kiwanis Club of Greater Garden Grove);
• Valerie Alcaraz (Garden Grove Shell Station);
• Jessica Tonti (Pacific Paradise Pools);
• Tiffany Lewis (Grove Body Shop);
• Kristina Anderson (Garden Grove Elks Lodge);
• Robin Suarez (Los Sanchez restaurant);
• Jordan Harris (Weimer and Associates).
Tickets to the pageants are $16, which includes a program book. For more information, call (714) 638-7950.