Miss Fifth Ward competition Wednesday

SHAMOKIN - Three young women expressed interest in vying for the title of "Miss 5'th Ward" in response to a newsletter circulated throughout the Shamokin neighborhood last month announcing the upcoming competition.

According to Vanessa Dudeck, coordinator of the event, the pageant will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the career center auditorium and become part of the Fifth Ward's efforts in sponsoring the grand parade for Shamokin's 150th anniversary.

Contestants will be asked a series of questions under a few categories from what are their favorite charities, educational ambitions, talents, civic accomplishments and lifelong goals. A panel will judge each contestant on her mannerism, poise and appearance in addition to her responses of each question. Those attending the event will be given a ballot to vote for his or her favorite contestant. Anyone wishing to attend can purchase a ticket at the door for $5 or from any contestant.

The winner will then be selected using a combination of scores consisting of 50 percent from the judges and 50 percent from the audience.

The three will then represent the Fifth Ward on a special float in the parade along with other functions and duties such as greeting and welcoming honored guests to the community that participate in the parade.

The contestants are Marissa Leshock, Jaime Levi and Emily Ebright.

While votes are tallied, a short concert will be put on by Bunky and Coney Island Billy. Afterward, the winner will be announced and crowned.

Ticket on the 2014 Camaro convertible that is being raffled to support the parade will also be available. All proceeds will be used toward parade float expenses. Everyone is welcome.