AWARDS Runners-up, other contestants also are winners at Lawrence County Junior Miss event.

By LAURA MILOSER nclocal@ncnewsonline.com

The Lawrence County Junior Miss Organization awarded over $17,000 in prizes and scholarships Saturday at New Castle High School.  Program coordinator Rosanne Palladino said 60 high school seniors applied for the Lawrence County Junior Miss event. The committee narrowed the group down to 30 finalists, all of whom carry a grade point average of at least 3.4. First runner-up Kaetlyn Blair received $1,500 in scholarship money and other prizes.  A Laurel High School senior, the daughter of Brian and Penny Blair also received of the interview award. Second runner-up was Alyssa Houk of New Castle High School. She is a daughter of Gary Houk and Kathleen Houk. Caitlyn Doran, daughter of Jeffrey and Lori Doran, was the third runner-up. The Laurel High student also received the talent award.  She performed a Katri variation from the ballet, “Don Quixote” She has studied for 15 years with the Parou Ballet School and has been a member of the New Castle Regional Ballet for five years. Miriam Karavias of Laurel High won the scholarship award was Miriam Karavias of Laurel High School. The daughter of James and Denise Karavias also earned the Dr. Fred and Pam Stoner Scholarship for the highest SAT scores.  She also was awarded for highest math and highest verbal SAT scores. Each local finalist receives a $100 scholarship, their fitness outfits, blanket, duffel bag and America’s Junior Miss pens. Other award winners were: 

Highest ticket and advertisement sales and highest bowling score, Morgan Lepore of Neshannock;

Highest bowl-a-thon collection, Imani Carter of New Castle;

Be Your Best Essay winner, Alexandra Runyon of New Castle;

Eric Butch Scholarship, Leaha Parady of Union School.

$100 each for perfect attendance during the Junior Miss preparation that began in July:  Bartolomeo, Simmone Bell of New Castle; Elizabeth Birdsell of Mohawk; Carter; Epiphany Gray of Shenango; Houk; Karavias; Battista Montgomery of New Castle; Leaha Parady of Union; Amanda Peterson and Lisa Shiderly of Mohawk; and Leah Swasey of New Castle.

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