---- — DERRY — Ten young women will vie for the top crown in this week’s Miss Greater Derry scholarship competition.
The 27th annual event will be held June 21 at 7 p.m. at the Derry Opera House in downtown Derry. Preliminary competitions were held earlier in the week.
The program is a local preliminary pageant for the Miss New Hamsphire Scholarship Program.
This year’s scholarship fund will award $13,150 and also marks more than $300,000 awarded in the contest’s history.
In addition to the top winner and the four runners-up, awards will also be given for community service, academic merit, David Raube Memorial Congenialty, Brenda Keith Interview and Suzanne Knox Talent awards.
Reigning Miss Greater Derry Kendall Wipff will be part of the opening act, which also features dancers from the New Hampshire Academie of Dance.
Emcee is Miss Greater Derry 2010/Miss New Hampshire 2010 Krystal Lee Muccioli. Many other title holders will be in attendance, including Miss Greater Derry Outstanding Teen Caroline Carter; Miss Greater Derry’s Outstanding Preteen Olivia Bollhurst; Miss Greater Derry Sweetheart Siena Lee; and Miss Greater Derry Princess Analena Dearborne.
Contestants in this year’s pageant include:
Amanda Maruco, 20, Manchester. Her platform is “Lighting the Way to a Cure.”
Megan Cooley, 19, Auburn, with the platform “Furthering the Abilities in the Handicapable.”
Holly Blanchard, 21, Derry, with “Charity From the Heart: Giving Time to make a Difference.”
Jessica Avelar, 19, Nashua. Her platform is “The High Hopes Foundation.”
Kesly Ferdinando, 21, Derry. “Changing Lives: Donating Blood and Bone Marrow” is her platform.
Katie Carlson, 19, of Derry, with the platform “Four Diamonds Fund: Curing Pediatric Cancer One Diamond at a Time.”
Nichole Iacuzio, 22, Derry, with the platform “Leading Through Reading.”
Elizabeth Curette, 23, Hampstead. Her platform is “Fostering Literacy in Youth.”
Devenn Glickmann, 22, of Manchester, with the platform “Child Safety Education.”
Stephanie Iacuzio, 20, Derry, with the platform “Be Aware, Be Prepared: Self-Defence Education.”