Young women will com­pete for four crowns on Nov. 3

Merced Sun-Star (Saturday) - - Community - BY AN­DREW KUHN akuhn@mer­ced­sun-star.com

More than 20 young women will com­pete for four dif­fer­ent crowns dur­ing the an­nual Miss Merced County Com­pe­ti­tion on Satur­day at Buhach Colony High School in At­wa­ter.

Four can­di­dates will be com­pet­ing for the Miss Merced County crown while five can­di­dates will com­pete for Out­stand­ing Teen. Ad­di­tion­ally, 15 can­di­dates will com­pete for Miss Sierra Ne­vada and Miss Yosemite Val­ley, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s news re­lease.

Can­di­dates will com­pete in a va­ri­ety of com­pe­ti­tions in­clud­ing tal­ent, evening wear, so­cial im­pact and phys­i­cal fit­ness. They will also com­pete in both pri­vate and on-stage in­ter­views. Scor­ing for the com­pe­ti­tion is bro­ken down be­tween the cat­e­gories, with in­ter­views count­ing for 40 per­cent of the to­tal score, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Can­di­dates for Miss Merced County must live, at­tend school or work in Merced or Stanis­laus coun­ties — or at­tend UC Merced, Merced Col­lege, Cal­i­for­nia State Univer­sity, Stanis­laus or Modesto Ju­nior Col­lege. The can­di­dates for Miss Merced County’s Out­stand­ing Teen are re­quired to live or at­tend school in Merced or Stanis­laus coun­ties, ac­cord­ing to the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s news re­lease.

The com­pe­ti­tion pro­vides young women an op­por­tu­nity to fur­ther their per­sonal and pro­fes­sional goals while pro­vid­ing schol­ar­ship money rang­ing from $150 to $750.

Tick­ets for the com­pe­ti­tion are $20 in ad­vance and $25 at the door. For tick­ets call (209) 2619363. Ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion can be found at the or­ga­ni­za­tion’s web­site at https://www.miss­merced county.org/

NATHAN QUEVEDO

Miss Merced County and Miss Merced County’s Out­stand­ing Teen com­peti­tors: from left to right, Chelsie Muro, Gabriela Muro, Abi­gail Wil­son, Vir­ginia Ixta, Olivia Ledesma, Jil­lian Stew­art, Miriam Egan and Sarah Mora.

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