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January 1, 2016 (La Mesa and Santee) -- On Saturday, March 5, 2016 the cities of La Mesa and Santee will hold one of their most grand traditions, the Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee scholarship pageants.  The pageants are currently seeking outgoing residents ages 12-26 to participate in a program that has been a tradition in the cities since the late 1960s and is an outstanding mentoring program for young women.  The pageants are sponsored by the local Chambers of Commerce and focus on community service, networking, improving public speaking and interview skills and overall personal growth.



The contestants will be scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, evening gown, and on-stage impromptu question.  Pageant photographers will present the Miss Photogenic award, contestants will vote for the Miss Congeniality award and a local educator will choose a winner for our essay-writing contest. There is no swimsuit competition.


Miss La Mesa 2016 and Miss Santee 2016 will each receive a $2,000 college scholarship donated by sponsor McWire Electric. Miss Teen La Mesa 2016 & Miss Teen Santee 2016 will each receive a scholarship of $500 or more. All four titleholders will also receive a prize package including paid entry into the 2017 Miss San Diego Cities Pageant in addition to the once in a lifetime opportunity to serve as an ambassador for their city and attend grand openings, parades, summer concerts and chamber functions throughout the year.


Interested participants can visit for more information. Contestants will be accepted until Sunday, February 7, 2016.  For additional information, including information on the Princess and Jr. Miss Programs for girls ages 6-12, please contact pageant Director, Sierra Billock, at 619-672-0688 or via email

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