Miss America Scholarship Pageant has Ties to Westshore

On February, 28, 2015, the Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant was held at Parma-Snow Library in front of an impressive crowd and with much fanfare. After almost a half century of running this much beloved program, Mrs. Sylvia Jensen of North Royalton, along with her husband, Harvey, officially retired. Stepping in to carry on the tradition is new executive director, Charmae Cottom, of Columbia Station, along with Westlake resident, Christine Tolaro Gruttadauria, as producer. All those involved are volunteers who work year-round to raise funds in order to provide college scholarship money to intelligent, talented, and community-minded young women.

Miss Greater Cleveland is the first step to Miss Ohio, which then continues on to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in Atlantic City, New Jersey.

IMG_1294Competition consists of private interview, evening gown with onstage question, talent, and swimsuit; with interview and talent being weighted the heaviest.

This year’s show included performances by Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart, the Presentation of Colors by American Legion Post 572, and the singing of the National Anthem by Westlake resident and Lee Burneson Middle School student, Alyssa Ann Gruttadauria. Fox 8 News was there to capture the winning moment.

For more information about Miss America opportunities in your area, please contact Christine at cmgrutt@gmail.com, or check out Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant on Facebook.

Their next fund raiser, the Greater Cleveland Talent Challenge,hosted by Dave & Busters in Westlake on Sunday, May 3rd and is open to contestants age 5 and older. If interested in competing in this talent show, or for more information, go to www.m.Facebook.com/GCSFund . In addition, Miss Greater Cleveland, Bry Atchison, and Miss Greater Cleveland’s Outstanding Teen, Erin Simonek, are available for public appearances and volunteer work in the Cleveland area.

Please call Charmae at (440) 263-9131 for availability.

MGC Bry and Erin          MGC Alyssa and MO