Press release from Miss Gainesville Scholarship Program
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Miss Gainesville Organization officials announced today the 15th annual Miss Gainesville Competition will be held on January 14, 2023, at 6:30 p.m. The Miss Gainesville Organization is proud to welcome candidates from around the State of Florida to the competition, which will take place in the Lincoln Middle School theater in Gainesville, Florida.
Organization Local Director Rachel Dickhaus said she is impressed with the caliber of this year’s candidates. “The Miss Gainesville Board is very pleased with the number of intelligent, ambitious, and talented women who have entered this year’s competition in the hopes of becoming ambassadors for the Miss America Organization,” Dickhaus said. “With the number of outstanding candidates, it will be a challenging task for our panel of judges to choose the next Miss Gainesville.”
Candidates will compete in three phases of competition, including interview, talent, and evening gown. During the competition, each candidate will also discuss her chosen social impact initiative, a social or community issue of concern to herself and society at large.
The winner of the Miss Gainesville Competition will be awarded $1,000 in scholarship funds for college, graduate school, or other educational expenses. Additional scholarship funds will be awarded to runner-up and special award winners, such as the People’s Choice.
During her year of service, Miss Gainesville will travel across north central Florida speaking to government officials, business leaders, community groups, and all types of citizens about her social impact initiative and encouraging them to become involved in her cause. She will also be eligible to compete for the Miss Florida title in Lakeland, Florida in June 2023.
“I have truly enjoyed my year of service as Miss Gainesville and am proud to have traveled the state raising awareness for organ donation,” Miss Gainesville 2022 Casana Fink said. “I know that the leadership and public speaking skills I have gained from this experience will help as I continue in my career as a small business owner.”
“Miss Gainesville will not only serve as a role model for young women and as an ambassador for the Miss America Organization, she will also urge girls and young women to develop their leadership skills and to take an active role in their communities,” said Rachel Dickhaus, Local Director of the Miss Gainesville Organization.