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$10,000 in Scholarships to be Awarded to Miss Orlando, Miss City Beautiful & Outstanding Teens!

Crowning Michaela McLean, Miss Orlando 2018

The Miss Orlando, Miss City Beautiful and Outstanding Teen scholarship pageant, an official program of the Miss America Organization, will return this January to a new venue in Downtown Orlando. The 2019 pageant will be held at the Alexis & Jim Pugh Theater at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on Saturday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m. and will be emceed by Joshua Vickery and Mary Thompson Hunt.

“Miss Orlando began in 1933 and we are excited to continue this Orlando tradition,” said David Wheeler, Executive Director. “Our organization has seen unprecedented growth over the last several years due to the support of our business community, and we are excited to be partnering with the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts on our new venue.”

Christine Rhodes David, along with the Orlando Scholarship Organization, the Gracia Livingston Foundation will award $10,000 in academic scholarships to provide the region’s brightest women the platform to expand their societal impact and promote physical health. All of the contestants have either received, or are in the process of earning, college degrees and utilize scholarship grants to further their educations. This year’s Pageant is produced in association with the Downtown Arts District and Central Florida Community Arts.

“We are proud of the partnership we share with the Miss America Organization and are excited to host the Pageant in Downtown,” said Barbara Hartley, Executive Director of the Downtown Arts District for the City of Orlando. “The scholarship program provides a forum for today's young women to express their talent in the creative arts and share their viewpoints in front of a live audience.”

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is the nation's leading advocate for women's education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually. The Miss America Organization is comprised of 51 organizations, including all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Miss America contestants contribute tens of thousands of community service hours annually and have raised over $16 million for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals and Miss America scholarships since 2007.

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In 1989, the Miss America Organization founded the platform concept, which requires each contestant to choose an issue about which she cares deeply and that is of relevance to our society. Once chosen, Miss America and the state titleholders use their stature to address community-service organizations, business and civic leaders, the media and others about their platform issues. Since 1989, Miss America titleholders have appeared at thousands of public speaking engagements and charitable events to generate awareness for a variety of causes, including homelessness, HIV/AIDS prevention, domestic violence, diabetes awareness, character education, and literacy.

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