CARMICHAELS — Five girls were crowned Miss Greene County in their age divisions during the 22nd annual Miss Greene County Pageant.
The pageant was held Sunday at Carmichaels Area High School. A queen and first runner-up were crowned in each of the five age categories: tiny, petite, junior, young and teen.
The five queens crowned were: Tiny Miss, Bailey Barnyak, 4, of Carmichaels; Petite Miss, Alexa Smith, 7, of Carmichaels; Junior Miss, Macey Whipkey, 8, of West Finley; Young Miss, Caitlyn Ricco, 12, of Carmichaels; and Teen Miss, Floretta Chambers, 17, of Carmichaels. Each of the five queens received a trophy, crown, sash and bouquet, and will receive a $100 savings bond.
A total of 18 contestants competed in this year’s pageant, which had the theme “Walking on Sunshine.”
“This year, we had 18 lovely young ladies all competing for the title of Miss Greene County,” said Commissioner Pam Snyder, chairwoman of the board of commissioners and master of ceremonies for the pageant. “They all brought a terrific amount of beauty, talent and sunshine to our pageant stage, and we’d like to thank them for a wonderful show. We’d also like to congratulate this year’s queens, and we look forward to seeing them out and about Greene County.”
The contestant age categories were: Tiny Miss, 2 to 4 years; Petite Miss, 5 to 7 years; Junior Miss, 8 to 11 years; Young Miss, 12 to 14 years; and Teen Miss, 15 to 17 years.
In the Tiny Miss division, Barnyak also won the photogenic, sportswear and formalwear awards. Runner-up was Addison Palko, 4, of Jefferson.
In the Petite Miss division, Smith also won the formalwear award. Runner-up Jovi Blasinsky, 5, of Carmichaels won the sportswear award. Ariel Russo, 6, of Carmichaels won the photogenic award, and Brookelynn Walker, 6, of Carmichaels won the talent award. Other Petite Miss contestants included Emilee Wollard, 5, and Kaci Tedrow, 7, both of Waynesburg.
In the Junior Miss division, Whipkey also won the photogenic, sportswear and formalwear awards, as well as the Director’s Award for raising the most money in advertising sponsorships among all contestants. Whipkey received an additional trophy and will receive a $500 savings bond. Runner-up Micaela Ricco, 10, of Carmichaels won the talent award. Other Junior Miss contestants included Jessi Blasinsky, 9, of Carmichaels; Payden Policz, 10, of Waynesburg; Shelby Burkett, 9, of Rices Landing; and Eden Rogers, 10, of Sycamore.
In the Young Miss division, Ricco also won the photogenic, interview, sportswear, talent and formalwear awards.
In the Teen Miss division, Chambers also won the interview, sportswear, talent and formalwear awards. Runner-up Lakelyn Sheldon, 16, of Crucible won the photogenic award. Also competing was Rebecca Conklin, 15, of Carmichaels.
Judges for the pageant were Adam Deflorio, a DJ and musician; Matthew Lydic, a former power lifting competitor who has worked with the Miss Fitness USA competition; and Kathy and Melanie-Jo Smartnick, co-directors of the Miss Laurel Highlands Scholarship Pageant.
Assisting in the awards ceremonies were the 2011 Miss Greene County queens: Tiny Miss Annalise Willis of Waynesburg, Petite Miss Valentina Bruno of Waynesburg, Junior Miss Delaney Lohr of Carmichaels, Young Miss Stephanie Mitchell of Carmichaels and Teen Miss Kendall Lewis of Carmichaels. Also assisting were Joanna Allen, 2011 Miss Rain Day; Erica Bristor, 2012 Miss Laurel Highlands; Victoria Buchtan, 2011 Pennsylvania Bituminous Coal cueen; and Aimee Gillispie, 2011 Jacktown Fair queen.
This year’s Miss Greene County Pageant was sponsored by Consol Energy Inc., and the Greene County commissioners, with additional support from Alpha Natural Resources, Community Bank, Energy Corporation of America, McCracken Pharmacy and Wal-Mart. The pageant was presented by the Greene County Department of Recreation.
All proceeds from the pageant will benefit the Greene County Department of Recreation programs, such as day camp, which provides free activities for county children every summer. For more information, call 724-852-5323.