080213 Miss Lakes Region, Outstanding Teen events in Gilford Saturday Night (385)

GILFORD — A field of 19 talented young women and teens will be seeking the titles of Miss Lakes Region 2014 and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen 2014 in an evening of competition on Saturday, August 3 at 6 p.m. at the Gilford Youth Center.

Miss Lakes Region, Holly Blanchard, a Top 10 Finalist and Overall Talent Winner at the Miss New Hampshire 2013 Program and Miss Lakes Region's Outstanding Teen, Kenya Welch, crowned Miss New Hampshire's Outstanding Teen 2013 this past February, will crown their successors.

Audra Paquette Burns, Miss New Hampshire 2005 and former Miss Lakes Region 2004, will serve as emcee for the pageant. Erica Millett, Miss Lakes Region 2009, will head choreography. Special guest Samantha Russo, Miss New Hampshire 2013, will be on hand to perform and speak about her upcoming trip to Atlantic City for the Miss America Pageant this September.

The programs are official preliminaries to the Miss New Hampshire Scholarship Program and the Miss New Hampshire Outstanding Teen Program. The winners of Saturday night's program will go on to take part in their state programs in April and February 2014 respectively held in Derry.

Miss Contestants include:

Jessica Avelar, 19, a sophomore at Saint Anselm College

Mary Beth Bjork, 23, a graduate of Keene State College

Mallory Coulombe, 20, a junior at Southern New Hampshire University

Elizabeth Curette, 23, a graduate of Flagler College, Florida

Kelsy Ferdinando, 21, a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University

Emma Horton, 17, a senior at Laconia High School

Nichole Iacuzio, 22, a graduate of Troy University, Alabama

Samantha Mackes, 17, a senior at Belmont High School

Rebecca Noyovitz, 19, a junior at Muhlenberg College, Pennsylvania

Laura Patnaude, 20, a junior at Towson University, Maryland

Elaina Powell, 18, a senior at Belmont High School

Kendal Wipff, 21, a junior at Saint Anselm College

Outstanding Teen Contestants include:

Savannah Carberry, 15, of Somersworth

Kylee Drew, 16, of Gilford

Shawna Gile, 15, of Derry

Natalie Jenkins, 13, of Nashua

Sarah Oswald, 15, of Merrimack

Katie Smith, 15, of Merrimack

Victoria Whalen, 16, of Hudson

Miss and Teen Contestants will be judged in five areas of competition. Miss contestants will be judged in Private Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Swimsuit, Evening Wear, and Onstage Question. Teen Contestant will be judged in Private Interview, Talent, Lifestyle and Fitness in Sportswear, Evening Wear and Onstage Question.

Doors open at 5:30 and the program start at 6. Admission for the program is $12 for all seats/all ages. For more information call 267-5311.