2020 Outstanding Teen Competition contestants named for Feb. 7 pageant

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GLOVERSVILLE — The Miss Fulton County and Miss Montgomery County Scholarship Program will be holding their annual Outstanding Teen Competition at Boulevard Elementary School in Gloversville on Friday, Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m., according to a news release. The board will be awarding two crowns, Miss Fulton County’s Outstanding Teen 2020 and Miss Montgomery’s Outstanding Teen 2020.

The competition is open to teen girls who live or attend school in Fulton or Montgomery Counties. Thanks to the generous support of our donors, each titleholder will be awarded a $400 scholarship.

This year 9 teens will be competing. The candidates are as follows:

∫ Cecelia Dennett is a senior attending Johnstown High School. She is the daughter of William and Jennifer Dennett. Cecilia will perform a jazz dance. Her platform is Raising Awareness for Type I Diabetes. She hopes to become a registered pediatric nurse.

∫ Novelena Billa is a junior at Gloversville High School. For the talent portion of the competition, she will perform a gymnastic routine. Noevelena is the daughter of Carrie Billa. She would like to become an aerospace engineer. Her platform is Promoting Youth Physical Activity.

∫ Katrina Trueworthy is a senior at Johnstown High School. The daughter of Charles and Mila Trueworthy, Katrina would like to obtain a master’s degree in Business Management and a degree in dance. She will perform a ballet dance en pointe. Katrina’s platform is fighting Poverty.

∫ Alexis Dutcher is the daughter of Keith and Kelly Dutcher and a sophomore at the HFM BOCES Pathways in Technology Early College High School. She will be performing a jazz dance. Her platform is Dance Movement Toward Better Health. Alexis hopes to become a pediatric trauma surgeon.

∫ Kelsy Meca is a sophomore attending Mayfield High School. She is the daughter of Timothy and Lori Meca. She will be doing a pop-rock vocal piece for the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is Narcolepsy Awareness. Kelsey would like to obtain a doctorate in pharmacy and become a clinical pharmacist.

∫ Kassidy Valachovic is the daughter of Amanda Christensen and is a sophomore at Mayfield High School. Her social initiative impact is Autism Speaks: Working Together to Find the Missing Piece. She will perform an acro dance. Kassidy would like to open a dance academy specializing in children on the autism spectrum.

∫ Alayna Argersinger is an 8th grader at Fonda Fultonville Central School. She is the daughter of Don and Shannon Argersinger. She would like to become a fashion designer. She will perform a jazz dance for the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is Living an Active Lifestyle.

∫ Gabriella Lamphear is an 8th grader at Gloversville Middle School. She is the daughter of Jessica Holmes. She will be performing a lyrical dance. Gabriella hopes to become an anesthesiologist. Her platform is Finding Unknown Cures for Cancer.

∫ Emily Bradt is a junior at Gloversville High School. She is the daughter of Daniel and Brady Johns. Emily will be dancing for the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is Healthy Outlets for Youth. Her ambition is to become a dental hygienist.

In addition to the adjudicated competition, the board will award a People’s Choice winner. The audience may vote by donating in their selected candidate’s name before the show and during intermission. The candidate who receives the largest donation will be named People’s Choice winner and will receive half of the funds raised as scholarship.

In addition to the competition, entertainment will be provided by Amelia Baldwin and Julia Robare, the 2019s Outstanding Teen titleholders, the Romano Acro Dance Academy Junior Team, and the High Performance Dance Center Dancing Dolls. The program will be hosted by Miss Fulton County 2020, Marianna Mattice, and Miss Montgomery County 2020, Victoria Lee Opalka.

Tickets are available at the door only and are $10 each. Full-color programs will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis.

By Josh Bovee

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