Miss Fulton and Miss Montgomery Scholarship Program Sunday
GLOVERSVILLE — The Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County Scholarship Program will be holding their annual competition at the Gloversville Middle School on Sunday at 4 p.m.
Again this year, the board is pleased to announce they will be awarding two crowns, Miss Fulton County 2020 and Miss Montgomery County 2020.
The competition is open to young women who live, work, attend school, or have graduated from school in Fulton or Montgomery counties. Thanks to the generous support of donors, each titleholder will win a $4,000 scholarship. In total, the board will award over $15,400 in scholarship on Sunday evening.
This year, eleven young women will be competing for the titles currently held by Isabelle Henderson, Miss Fulton County, and Lexi Swatt, Miss Montgomery County. The candidates are as follows:
∫ Julia Robare is the daughter of James and Lisa Robare. She attends Gloversville High School and would like to study early childhood education. She will perform a tap dance for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is “Mentoring for Success.”
∫ Julia Marrone is the daughter of Michael Marrone and Mikalina Tambasco. She attends Fulton-Montgomery Community College, where she is pursuing a degree in health studies. She would like to obtain a master’s degree in health and law to specialize in medical malpractice law. Her social impact initiative is “Opiate Addiction Awareness.” She will be doing a vocal performance.
∫ Alexis Houser is the daughter of Eric and Misty Houser. She attends Fulton-Montgomery Community College where she is studying psychology with a concentration in forensic psychology. She will be performing a tap routine for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is “Grow Gold: Their Fight is My Fight.”
∫ Marriana Mattice is the daughter of Timothy and Erica Mattice. She attends Mayfield High School and will graduate in June 2020. She would like to obtain a bachelor’s degree in advertising and marketing communications. Her talent will be a live painting. Her social impact initiative is “Crohns and Colitis Foundation.”
∫ Teanna Lusso from Fultonville is the daughter of Tarin Warner and a sophomore at SUNY Oneonta. She is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She will perform a tap dance for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is “Believe in Yourself: Breaking the Stereotype and Encouraging the Empowerment of Women.”
∫ Kerri Hauser of Johnstown is the daughter of Mike and Lori Hauser. She will do a vocal performance for the talent portion of the competition. Kerri attends Fulton-Montgomery Community College studying general studies. Her social impact initiative is “Parkhurst Field Foundation: Connect with the Past, Influence the Future.”
∫ Alexys Conti of Fultonville is the daughter of Thomas and Connie Conti. She attends Russell Sage College pursuing a degree in nursing. Her talent is clogging and her social impact initiative is “Love Your Gut –IBS Awareness.”
∫ Victoria Lee Opalka of Fort Johnson is the daughter of Michael and Dana Opalka. Victoria received a bachelor’s of science in Nutrition Science from Russell Sage College and currently attends Sage College Graduate School to obtain a master’s of science in public health. She will perform an original monologue for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is “Fostering Food Security and Wellness.”
∫ Emily Bush attends Broadalbin-Perth High School and is the daughter of Paul Christensen. Emily would like to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice and become an officer in the United States Army. She will be doing a pop vocal performance. Her social impact initiative is “Assisting Children on the Spectrum and Their Families.”
∫ Mallory Dence of Johnstown is the daughter of Robert Dence and Robyn Burdick. She is an early-admittance student at Fulton-Montgomery Community College studying Liberal Arts. She also attends Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educations Services in the New Visions Medical Program. She will perform a jazz dance for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is “Listen First,” an initiative that focuses on how the well being of children, families, and communities are affected by drug use.
∫ Chelsea Cirillo of Johnstown is the daughter of Peter and Vivienne Cirillo. She is a junior at Union College pursuing a bachelor’s degree in political science. She will play the guitar and sing for the talent portion of the competition. Her social impact initiative is the “Clean and Confident Project.”
In addition to the competition, entertainment will be provided by Miss New York 2019, Lauren Molella; The Dance Company, directed by Gretchen Holt; Romano Acro Dance Academy, directed by Jessica Romano; and High Performance Dance Center, directed by Lisa Roth. The program will be hosted by Mike Belotti and Lisa McCoy.
As introduced last year, we are again hosting the Bright Stars Program. This program, is a non-competitive, mentoring program open to local girls and boys between the ages of 5 and 12. Choreographed by Samantha Bell, the 17 Bright Stars will perform onstage during the competition. The 2020 Bright Stars are Syndey Arminio, Reese Baker, Celia Bianca Casale, Kendyl Leigh Conyne, Lucille Esler, McKae Evens, Kaylin Feerik, Addison Fielding, Embree Fielding, Madilyn Forbes, Laruen Hollenbeck, Laurel Marie Ioele, Becky Sear, Cheyanne Springer, Peyton Wager, Emma Wheeler, and Bryn Wojeski. The Bright Stars will be joined on stage by 2019 Fulton County’s Princess, Juliana Forbes, and 2019 Montgomery County’s Princess, Bella Romano and guest announcer 2019 Montgomery County’s Outstanding Teen, Amelia Baldwin.
Tickets for this year’s show are $15. Tickets may be purchased at the Mohawk Harvest Cooperative Market, Gloversville; Something Special, in Johnstown; and June’s Boutique, in Amsterdam. Tickets will also be available at the door.