BERLIN/GORHAM — The 12th annual Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4, at 4 p.m. at the Medallion Opera House, Gorham Town Hall, 20 Park St., Gorham. Applications for the scholarship program may be downloaded from the Miss New Hampshire web site at missnh.org. The deadline to enter the Miss Berlin-Gorham competition is Saturday, Oct. 14. There is no entry fee.
In 2017, Miss Berlin-Gorham 2017, Reagan Murphy of Gorham, was awarded $6,600 in scholarships, the fourth highest in the state, from this local competition and the Miss N.H. Scholarship Program. To enter the Miss Berlin-Gorham scholarship program, a young woman must be a U.S. citizen, at least 17 years of age and a high school senior, or may already attend college. She must either be a six-month resident, attend college full time or work full time in any town or unincorporated Township in Coos, Grafton or Carroll County. The maximum age to participate in the pageant is no more than 24 years old on Dec. 31, 2018.
The program is a local preliminary into the 2018 Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program to be held on April 26-28, 2018, in Derry. There will be competitions in private interview, onstage interview, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, talent and evening wear.
The new Miss Berlin-Gorham will win at least $5,000 in scholarship funds, the first runner-up will win $500 and the second runner up will win $250. The newly crowned Miss Berlin-Gorham will have the opportunity to make appearances at the Parade of Lights, Santa’s Workshop, Androscoggin Valley Chamber Annual Meeting, Ride In the '50s, Relay for Life, Gorham’s 4th of July Parade and Kiddie Parade, The Princess Ball, Jericho ATV Festival, Wingzilla, River Fire and a host of other local events.
Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen competition will be held on the same date. The deadline to enter is Saturday, Oct. 14. There is no entry fee. Teens interested in entering the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program must be a US citizen, at least 13 years of age and in the eighth grade. She must be a six-month resident of the towns or unincorporated places in Coos, Grafton or Carroll County. The maximum age to participate in the pageant is no more than 17 years old on Aug. 31. There will be competitions in private interview, onstage interview, lifestyle and fitness in sportswear, talent and evening wear. A $250 scholarship will be awarded to the winner.
For more information, prospective contestants may contact the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham Scholarship Program, Denise Vallee, at (603) 723-3421 or the director of the Miss Berlin-Gorham’s Outstanding Teen Program, Lorraine Coulombe, at (603) 723-2862.