2013 Miss Blackhawk Pageant to be held March 2


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Posted Online: Feb. 22, 2013, 11:43 am
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The 2013 Miss Blackhawk Valley Scholarship Pageant will be held at 7 p.m. March 2 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral, 1800 7th Ave., Moline.

The theme is "Enchanted," and will feature retiring titleholders, Miss Blackhawk Valley 2012 Jaryn Franklin and Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen 2012Emily Thomas.Eight young women will compete for the title of Miss Blackhawk Valley, and nine teens will compete for Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen.

The candidates for Miss Blackhawk Valley 2013 are:

-- Ariel Beverly, a student at Black Hawk College, is the daughter of Christie Young of East Moline. Her talent is flute and her platform is "Ending Hunger One Step at a Time."

-- Samantha Kammerman,a student at Augustana College, is the daughter of Tom and Roxanne Kammerman, of Milan. Her talent is vocal and guitar and her platform is "Pay It Forward: The Importance of Volunteering."

-- Alexandria Keleher, a student atOrion High School, is the daughter of Mark and Tinamarie Kaleher, of Orion. Her talent is vocal and her platform is "The Importance of Self-Confidence."

-- Jaleesa Patterson, a senior at Augustana College, is the daughter of James and Shelly Patterson, of Chicago. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is "You Are Beautiful."

-- Mercedes Rasso, a student at the University of Iowa, is the daughter of Antonio and Christine Rasso, of Silvis. Her talent is vocal performance and her platform is "Mentoring the Youth: Become an Inspiration."

-- Brittany Schultz, a Black Hawk College student, is the daughter of Jim and Jane Schultz, of Reynolds. Her talent is tap dance and her platform is "The Weight of Obsession, Eating Disorders Awareness."

-- Kaitlyn Wehr,a student at Illinois State University, is the daughter of Denis and Lisa Wehr, of Moline. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is "Encore! Celebrate the Arts."

-- Brooke Woodbury, a student at Capri College, is the daughter of John and Tina Woodbury, of Colona. Her talent is tap dance and her platform is "Food for Thought: Feeding the Hungry."


The candidates for Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen are:

-- Molly Adams, a student at Orion High School, is the daughter of Melissa Scott, of Orion. Her talent is piano and her platform is "Teen Suicide Awareness."

-- Keyaira Belha, a student atGeneseo High School, is the daughter of Brian Belha and Jennifer Ludwig, of Geneseo. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is "Performing Arts: Spread the Word."

-- McKara Caldwell, a student at Sherrard Junior High School, is the daughter of Rock and Joni Caldwell, of Viola. Her talent is piano and her platform is "Stitching a Legacy."

-- Madison Duling, a student atAlleman High School, is the daughter of Bruce and Vickie Duling, of Rock Island. Her talent is vocal and her platform is "The Last Text."

-- Abbey Lyn Gustaf, a student at Wilson Middle School, is the daughter of Adam and Angela Gustaf, of Moline. Her talent is jazz dance and her platform is "Special Hearts."

-- Emily Hull, a student at Orion High School, is the daughter of Kenneth and Ann Marie Hull, of Colona. Her talent is vocal and guitar and her platform is "Special Needs Awareness."

-- Hannah Rebecca Lester, a student at Riverdale High School, is the daughter of Jeff and Paula Lester, of Hillsdale. Her talent is contemporary dance and her platform is "Dangers of Cyber Use Among Young People."

-- Lexus Robinson, a student at Sherrard Junior High School, is the daughter of Patti and Victor Hawkins, of Milan. Her talent is vocal and her platform is "29 Gifts."

-- Taylor Thorpe, a student at Rockridge Junior High, is the daughter of Timothy and Amy Thorpe, of Taylor Ridge. Her talent is vocal and her platform is "Helping and Raising Awareness for Kids with Special Needs."

Miss Blackhawk Valley is open to young women who reside, go to school or work in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties, according to a news release. The program provides $8,000 in cash and tuition grant scholarship to the candidates every year, and it is an official preliminary to Miss America, the release states.

For more information about the program or to obtain tickets, contact executive director Nancy Lee at 309-762-0884 or BlackhawkValley@mchsi.com.

















 



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