THE PROGRAM

The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Program is a preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America Programs. The Miss America Organization is one of the Nation’s leading achievement programs and is the world’s largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women today. The Program provides young women with the opportunity to pursue their professional and educational goals through the awarding of monetary grants for education. Scholarship funds are contributed by corporate and individual sponsors who commit their support to the personal advancement of these young women. The scholarship program is based on scholastic tradition that has been the cornerstone of the Miss America program since 1945. Today, personal growth, educational advancement, and community service continue to be the primary objectives of the organization. The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Program offers awards to each participant.

The first Miss Grays Harbor was crowned in April of 1948. Miss Grays Harbor 1948, Lorraine Lowder won the state title and was crowned Miss Washington 1948. On April 25, 1949, Lorraine crowned Mary Hansmann, Miss Grays Harbor 1949. Mary went on to compete in the Miss Washington Pageant in June of that year, however Miss Cowlitz County, Libby Aldrich was crowned Miss Washington 1949. There was then a 10 year hiatus where no pageant was held, although financial problems with the State program in 1949 may have led this hiatus. The pageant returned again in 1959 and Lynne Ross was crowned Miss Grays Harbor. Miss Grays Harbor 1961, Gail Hannuk of Aberdeen went on to become  . There was no titleholder for 1963, but the program has continued virtually without interruption since 1964. Sometime in 1990 or 1991 there was a change of pageant dates so Miss Grays Harbor would serve the year following her crowning in the same style as Miss America. Therefore Miss Grays Harbor 1990, Melinda Reynvaan extended her reign into 1991.

In 2004 a second title was added as Miss Pacific Coast. This title was held until 2007.

Miss Grays Harbor’s Outstanding Teen was started in 2007 as the sister pageant to the Miss Grays Harbor Program and a preliminary to Miss America’s Outstanding Teen and as such aims to “promote scholastic achievement, creative accomplishment, healthy living and community involvement for America’s teens.”

The first competition was held in 2007 with Connie Morgan winning the title.

THE COMPETITION

The Miss Grays Harbor Scholarship Organization is open to women between the ages of 17-25 in Grays Harbor Couinty who are interested in serving in a leadership role that fosters community service.

If selected as Miss Grays Harbor, you will enjoy a busy year of engagements and appearances throughout the county meeting with city and state officials, community leaders and a myriad of volunteers who give their time and talents to this organization.

As a contestant in the Miss America Organization, you will have a platform of your choice to work with and advocate in your community and compete for a total score in these five phases of competition:

Private Interview (25%): You will have a private interview with five judges who are looking for the qualities and attributes of Miss America, an overall first impression, personal appearance, personality, intelligence, grammar, vocabulary, validated opinions, style and emotional control.

Talent (30%): You will perform a talent of your choice during the pageant and be judged based on personality, interpretive, ability, technical skill level, audience engagement, execution and stage presence.

Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit (10%): You will be judged on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique, sense of attractiveness, technique in walking, grace and posture, sense of confidence and stage presence.

Evening Wear (15%): You will be judged on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, posture, walking technique, confidence, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness.

On Stage Question (20%): You will respond to two onstage questions which are designed for the contestant to make a final statement about her platform and allow for her personality to be expressed. The contestant is judged on sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, richness of voice, expression, vocabulary and sincerity.

The scoring for the Teen Program is as follows:

Private Interview (25%): You will have a private interview with five judges who are looking for the qualities and attributes of Miss America’s Outstanding Teen, an overall first impression, personal appearance, personality, intelligence, grammar, vocabulary, validated opinions, style and emotional control.

Talent (35%): You will perform a talent of your choice during the pageant and be judged based on personality, interpretive, ability, technical skill level, audience engagement, execution and stage presence.

Evening Wear/On-Stage Question (25%): You will be judged on overall first impression, sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, posture, walking technique, confidence, appropriateness of attire and sense of attractiveness while also responding to two onstage questions which are designed for the contestant to make a final statement about her platform and allow for her personality to be expressed. The contestant is judged on sense of confidence, personality, stage presence, richness of voice, expression, vocabulary and sincerity.

Lifestyle & Fitness (15%): You will be judged on overall first impression, statement of physical fitness and health, overall physique, technique in walking, grace and posture, sense of confidence and stage presence.