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Gurnee Community Pageant seeks contestants for 2014

GURNEE – Preparations are underway for the 2014 Gurnee Community Pageant at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Warren Township High School O’Plaine campus auditorium. The pageant seeks applicants to compete for the titles of Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss Gurnee.

“We feel this is more of a job interview, than a pageant,” said pageant Executive Director Kylie Brazda. “The Gurnee Queens have responsibility beyond winning the crown, they are ambassadors to the community and work closely with the mayor and town officials.”

The Gurnee Community Pageant focuses on confidence, poise, personality and community service. Young women ages 6 to 22 are given the opportunity to represent the village of Gurnee at various community events.

“I love being a role model while representing Gurnee,” said current Miss Gurnee Jessica Schwartz. “In this day and age there are not enough good role models in the media for younger girls. I do my best to be a role model in the community for the younger generation, especially my sister queens.”

The pageant seeks contestants for the Miss, Junior Miss, and Little Miss categories. Age requirements for each category are: Miss Gurnee, 16 to 22; Junior Miss Gurnee, 10 to 15; and Little Miss Gurnee, 6 to 9. The competition categories include interview, casual wear/communications, evening gown and pop question.

Contestants must live within school district 121. Pageant applications are available on the Gurnee Community Pageant website. Applications are due at the first contestant meeting May 21.

“Serving as Miss Gurnee 2014 has been an incredible experience,” said Schwartz. “I have learned many valuable skills that I know I will carry with me to college and beyond.”

Information is available at the Gurnee Community Pageant website For questions about the pageant, contact Executive Director, Kylie Brazda at

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