The Miss Rancho Bernardo Scholarship Program is seeking contestants for its 2017 Miss Rancho Bernardo and Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo. 2017 will represent the 26th year for the program. The program is particularly interested in young women with good moral character, interested in a future that includes higher education, and the desire to be engaged and involved in their local community. The pageant is a local area pageant that is open to young women between the ages of 14 and 20 that reside in or attend school in the local community of Rancho Bernardo within the 92127 and 92128 zip codes. The program is deemed a scholarship pageant as the 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 elgible for a $1,000 scholarship 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 on Sunday, March 26. 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 11 from 2 to 4 p.m. All requirements and paperwork can be downloaded from www.missranchobernardo.com. There will be opportunities to meet the current Miss Rancho Bernardo Anita Clifford and Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo Taylor Mitchell at scheduled information sessions hosted during lunch at Rancho Bernardo High School and Del Norte High School through March 10. Look for the posters at school or contact guidance counselors in the Bronco and Night Hawk Centers.

Pageant day 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 for the highest GPA, an award for most photogenic, and a Spirit of the Pageant award that is determined by the contestants themselves. Program Director Lynn Ross 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. Lynn 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.”

Anita Clifford, current Miss Rancho Bernardo, commented, “Being Miss Rancho Bernardo has been an honor and an experience I will not forget. The people I’ve met and the things I’ve learned would not have happened had I not put myself out there.” Taylor Mitchell, current Miss Teen Rancho Bernardo, said, “This has been an amazing year with many events and I have had so much fun. I have also learned a lot and gained skills I will use long after my year as Miss Teen RB ends. I highly recommend participation to others. I will miss it.”

Interested individuals can contact Director Lynn Ross at lynn7936@att.net. All rules and regulations are posted on the pageant website at www.missranchobernardo.com.