The Pittsburgh Public Schools, Westinghouse Senior Class Sponsors, and Westinghouse Alumni Association hosted the Miss Westinghouse Pageant, a spectacular event held at the school.

MISS WESTINGHOUSE CONTESTANTS—From left: Maurissa Harrison, 9th grade queen; Shaina Wallace, 11th grade runner up; Chelsea Shields, contestant; Toya Cooper, contestant; Andrea Lewis, 11th grade queent; Desirae Lane, 9th grade runner up; Andrea McCoy, 12th grade runner up; Eva McKissick, contestant; Tatayanna Cox-Taylor, Miss Westinghouse; Noni Wilson, contestant; and Kijev James, contestant.

The pageant was held May 21, in the school auditorium. The purpose of the pageant is to recognize young women in grades 9-12 whose academics and character demonstrate school pride, confidence, and success as well as a desire to pursue a post-secondary education.

The young ladies compete to be crowned queens of the school with the 12th grade winner becoming Miss Westinghouse for an entire year. They are judged in six categories: academic and social achievement, issue-cause essay, professional interview expression, artistic expression in talent, presence and poise in eveningwear and casual wear.

The prizes awarded to the contestants are ­scholarships, cash for issues-causes of interest, crowns, flowers, college gift baskets, sashes, and trophies.

Also, volunteers will be rewarded with small tokens of appreciation for their involvement in the pageant. Male students participate as escorts to walk the females on the stage for different categories of the pageant. Entertainment will be used as fillers in between grade level competition, intermission, score tally, etc. Such acts include performances from PPS CAPA and Westinghouse students and PPS/private school elementary students.

The pageant supports educational and community excellence by working with individuals and organizations that are offering mini lessons to strengthen the participants’ ability to perform at great levels of success.

The Pittsburgh Public Schools, Westinghouse ­Senior Class Sponsors, and Westinghouse Alumni Association are the host of the Miss Westinghouse Pag­eant, a spectacular event held at the school.

Many sponsors and volunteers were sought to play significant roles in producing this historical event that is making its way back to the stage of WHS.

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