The annual Miss Ramona Pageant has a new director and a new direction this year.
Jill Fleming Ogilvie, director of the Miss Lakeside and Miss Julian scholarship pageants, has added a Teen Miss Ramona category and plans a “Dance Under the Stars” on pageant night, June 18.
Applications are being accepted for Miss Ramona 2011 and Teen Miss Ramona contestants. Miss Ramona hopefuls must be between 17 and 25 years old, and Teen Miss between 13 and 16.
The pageant will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion, 421 Aqua Lane, and a community dance will be held after the crownings.
Ogilvie has sent letters to businesses, organizations and others, explaining her philosophy and seeking donations for the self-funded pageant.
“I am dedicated to working with the young ladies of the community, fostering personal growth and community volunteerism,” she wrote. “I strongly promote the titleholders working with area organizations — the chamber of commerce, merchant associations, women’s clubs, boys and girls clubs, Lions clubs and many others. I am reaching out to you as one of those mentioned to help my staff and I revitalize the Miss Ramona Pageant Program.”
The pageant will feature an outdoor country theme and be followed by a community dance with a disc jockey.
Posters announcing the pageant are going up around town seeking young women interested in serving as youth ambassadors representing Ramona throughout the county and beyond at a variety of charitable events such as fundraisers and school and organization programs.
“There are also ‘fun’ representations such as local parades, store openings, assisting with chamber mixers and many local events,” noted Ogilvie. “They will, as a team along with their court members, donate hundreds, if not thousands, of hours representing the community of Ramona. In return, they are awarded scholarships and prizes — but the most important thing they are given is the opportunity to gain self-confidence, public speaking experience and the ability to make a positive difference within their community.”
“The contestants will compete for the title through speech, interview and onstage presentation,” her letter to potential supporters states. “The focus for this pageant is not talent or size, but the emphasis is on the all-important interview — how they can connect with another person, as we are looking for representatives with heart.”
More information is at firstname.lastname@example.org or from Ogilvie at 619-443-6074.