KENNEWICK, Wash. - Local teens and young women will be competing for a crown and a scholarship this weekend.
The Miss Tri-Cities Outstanding Teen and Miss Tri-Cities pageant is happening on Saturday in Kennewick. The Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss Washington and Miss America pageants.
"It's been very rewarding," said Dot Stewart, who has served as executive director of The Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program for 25 years. "It's so special to be a part of these young women's lives and to see what a difference they're making in their community."
On Friday, the competitors participated in private interviews. The main event will be held Saturday night where the women will have the opportunity to talk about their platform and show off their talent.
"I'm really, really excited," said Rachael Spencer, a 17-year-old Hanford High student who's competing this year. "I think it's going to be a good time and whoever wins is going to do a really stellar job. I feel like there's no wrong answer here for whoever wins."
The Miss Tri-Cities Scholarship Program is the one of the strongest community-based scholarship competitions in Washington State, offering over $30,000 in scholarships each year. In 2015, the program was ranked number one in scholarships awarded among local programs.
The Miss Tri-Cities pageant starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High School. Tickets are $25 and doors open at 6 p.m.
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