Miss America Scholarship Pageant has ties to Westlake

LBMS student Alyssa Gruttadauria sings the national anthem at the Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant. Photo by Ross Clark

On Feb. 28, the Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant was held at Parma-Snow Library in front of an impressive crowd and with much fanfare. After almost a half-century of running this beloved program, Sylvia Jensen of North Royalton, along with her husband, Harvey, officially retired. Stepping in to carry on the tradition is new executive director, Charmae Cottom, who named Westlake resident Christine Tolaro Gruttadauria as producer.

Christine is a 1984 graduate of Westlake High School, where she was very active in the music and drama programs. All those involved are volunteers who work year-round to raise funds in order to provide college scholarship money to intelligent, talented and community-minded young women.

Miss Greater Cleveland is the first step to Miss Ohio, which then continues on to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant in Atlantic City. Competition consists of private interview, evening gown with onstage question, talent, and swimsuit; with interview and talent being weighted the heaviest.

This year’s show included performances by Miss Ohio, Mackenzie Bart; the Presentation of Colors by American Legion Post 572, and the singing of the national anthem by Lee Burneson Middle School student Alyssa Ann Gruttadauria.

For more information about the program, contact Christine Gruttadauria at cmgrutt@gmail.com, or check out Miss Greater Cleveland Scholarship Pageant on Facebook. Their next fundraiser, the Greater Cleveland Talent Challenge, will be Sunday, May 3, at Dave & Busters in Westlake, and is open to contestants age 5 and older.

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Volume 7, Issue 6, Posted 10:03 AM, 03.17.2015