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January 15, 2014 (San Diego’s East County) -- On March 7,  the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold their annual Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee Pageants.  Pageant organizers are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 13-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960’s and includes a mentoring program for young women.  The pageants are sponsored by the local Chamber of Commerce and focus on community service. 

The 2014 titleholders will all receive scholarships which have been funded through past local talent and fashion show fundraising events. 

The contestants will be scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, sportswear, evening gown and an on stage question. There is no swimsuit competition.

The pageant photographer will present the Miss Photogenic award, contestants will vote for the Miss Congeniality award, a special judge will select a Speech Award winner, and there will also be an essay writing contest.  Each winner will serve as their city’s official hostess and spend the year attending grand openings, parades, summer concerts and chamber functions. 

Interested contestants can download an official entry packet online at  Contestants will be accepted until Sunday, February 16, 2014. 

For additional information, including information on the Princess Program for girls ages 6-12, please contact pageant director, Robin Schweitzer, at 619-697-2600 or via email

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