LYNCHBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Here she comes… Miss Virginia Volunteer! A new statewide beauty pageant is coming to Lynchburg this week to crown its first queen and plant the seeds for a legacy of empowering young women.
“Miss Virginia Volunteer is a new chapter of a nationwide, service-oriented scholarship program that seeks to empower young women through educational scholarships and extraordinary opportunities,” pageant organizers said in a news release back in February.”
Since this is an at-large pageant, Miss Virginia Volunteer contestants do not have to win a local competition. As long as they are in Virginia, they can apply.
Winners will receive thousands of dollars in scholarship funds, with no previous pageant experience or titles necessary to win the crown.
The Miss Virginia Volunteer pageant will consist of five categories for judging — interview, talent, evening gown, fitness and wellness, and onstage questions — which will allow the contestants to showcase their talents, knowledge, and unique personalities.
The winner of the pageant will go on to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia at the national pageant, Miss Volunteer America, in May 2022.
During her tenure as Miss Virginia Volunteer, organizers say the winner will champion a social cause of her choosing and build connections across the Commonwealth in the field or platform that interest her without having to take a year off from her education or career.
More than a competition, Miss Virginia Volunteer is a community that provides connections, opportunities, and lasting impact for young women in their state. As a family-run pageant, they care about each individual contestant’s success and growth, and they seek to provide a personal and rewarding experience during their first pageant week. Each of the five points on the Miss Virginia Volunteer crown represents a principle in the organization’s mission, and together the first letter of each of those principles spells “SERVE”. By cultivating responsibility, empowerment, volunteerism and excellence in education, Miss Virginia Volunteer enables young women to be able to go out and lead others to do the same.Miss Virginia Volunteer press release
The Miss Virginia Volunteer pageant takes place in Lynchburg from Thursday, Aug. 12 through Saturday, Aug. 14 in Lynchburg. Click here to purchase tickets for the Miss Virginia Volunteer finals at the Lynchburg Academy Center of the Arts, which will be at 7 p.m. on Saturday.
The contestants in the Miss Virginia Princess Volunteer pageant will also join the Miss Virginia Volunteer contestants onstage for a “Princess Parade” during Saturday’s finals.
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