2015 will represent the 24th year for the Miss Rancho Bernardo Scholarship Program. This year’s primary sponsors are the Rancho Bernardo Business Association and the Rancho Bernardo Rotary Club. This pageant is a local area pageant that is open to young women between the ages of 14 and 21 that reside and/or attend school in the local community of Rancho Bernardo within the zip codes of 92127 and 92128.

It is deemed a scholarship pageant as the programs intent is to: support the growth and development of young women that have goals toward higher education, are interested in community; and to nurture the concept of giving back. Title holders will be eligible for a scholarship of $1,000 to be awarded at the end of their title year providing that program goals are achieved throughout their year of reign.

The pageant will be held at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in Rancho Bernardo on Sunday, April 12. The event is an all-day commitment for the contestants with rehearsal, judging, and the coronation that begins at 4:30 p.m. Interested contestants are required to attend a mandatory orientation at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Saturday, March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. There will be opportunities to meet the current Miss Rancho Bernardo (Tessa Da Silva, a RBHS Student) and Miss Rancho Bernardo Teen (Elena Crespo, a DNHS Student) at scheduled information sessions hosted at Rancho Bernardo High School and Del Norte High School.

Competition categories include: Personal Interview, Poise and Personality, Business and Cocktail Attire, a speech on a provided topic, and an impromptu question in front of the audience. Awards presented at the pageant include Best Speech, an achievement award for the highest GPA, an award for most photogenic, and a spirit of the pageant award that is determined by the contestants themselves. The Director will host two optional interview prep sessions for contestants prior to the pageant. These sessions offer coaching for interview skills and preparation for the pageant. The program is particularly interested in young women with good moral character that have the desire to be engaged and involved in their local community. Program Director Lynn Ross indicates that she is always impressed with the caliber of young women that demonstrate the courage to compete. “I feel very fortunate to work with and get to know such wonderful young ladies year to year. They are accomplished, energetic, and committed to their goals… really wonderful to see and be a part of.”

All requirements and information can be found on the program web site, www.missranchobernardo.com. Interested individuals can also contact the Director, Lynn Ross via phone at 858-705-4920 during the evenings.