Twelve women vie for Miss Rockford 2006

There she is! On Saturday, Oct. 22, Ashley Diedrich, the reigning Miss Rockford, will pass her crown to one young lady who’ll become Miss Rockford 2006 and advance to the Miss Illinois Pageant in the Miss America Organization.

Vying for the title are: Jayla Thomas of Rockford; Kara Simonson of Rockford; Christina DeVoe of Belvidere; Andrea Hyser of Belvidere; Stephanie Sharpe of Rockford; Saryna Ritter of Rockford; Heather Kieffer of Belvidere; Sapna Shah of Rockford; Jessica Bell of DeKalb; Ashley Lester of Stillman Valley; Sara Soeprasetyo of Rockford; and Kristina Panayi of Palatine.

Executive Director Liz Wylder Boyer said, “This is very exciting to have this many young ladies competing for scholarship money and the title of Miss Rockford!”

The presenting sponsor of this year’s pageant and provider of Miss Rockford’s scholarship is Huntley Chevrolet. Scholarships and prizes will also be awarded to the runners-up and the winners of “Best Individual Interview,” “Best Talent” and “Miss Congeniality.”

The women will be judged on Private Interview, Talent, Evening Wear, Lifestyle & Fitness in Swimsuit, Casual Wear and On-Stage Question. The Miss Rockford Scholarship Pageant, a preliminary in the Miss America Organization, is open to women between the ages of 17 and 24 who reside or attend school in Winnebago, Boone, Stephenson, DeKalb or Ogle counties.

The Miss Rockford Scholarship Pageant will be held at the Lincoln Middle School Auditorium at 6 p.m. Tickets are $12 for adults, $8 for children 5-13, free for children 4 and younger. Tickets will be available at the door or in advance from the contestants. Mike Robinson, Rock Valley College director of communications, and Michelle LaGrou, Miss Illinois 2003, will be the emcees for the evening. The Miss Rockford Scholarship Pageant is a nonprofit organization.

From the Oct. 19-26, 2005, issue

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