Miss Blackhawk Valley competition is scheduled for March 5

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

The Miss Blackhawk Valley Scholarship Program will be held on Saturday, March 5 at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Moline beginning at 7 p.m. The theme is "Chicago." It will feature the 2010 titleholders, Briley Bollinger, Miss Blackhawk Valley and Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen, Samantha Kammerman, both of whom are vocalists. Guests will be Miss Illinois' Outstanding Teen, Kaitlyn Wehr and Miss Illinois' Outstanding Pre-Teen, Grace Khachaurian.  

The candidates for Miss Blackhawk Valley are:

Jenna Kannenberg is a senior at Trinity College of Nursing. She is the daughter of Dan and Jolene Kannenberg of East Moline. She is a tap dancer and her platform is "Alzheimer's Disease Awareness and Education."

Caitlin Robb is a sophomore at St. Ambrose University majoring the public relations and strategic communication. She is a vocalist whose platform is "But He Never Hit Me - Raising awareness of emotionally abusive relationships in young women."

Hope Spivey is a student at Western Illinois University majoring in Nursing. Daughter of Randy and Deanna Spivey of Alpha, her talent is ballet en pointe and her platform is "Lupus Education and Awareness."

Brooke Woodbury, the daughter of John and Tina Woodbury of Colona, is a senior at Geneseo High School. She is a tap dancer and her platform is "Food for Thought: Feed the Hungry."

The candidates for Miss Blackhawk Valley's Outstanding Teen are:

Brianna Lizabeth Gray, a sophomore at UTHS, is the daughter of Nathan and Joanne Gray. Her talent is trombone and her platform is "Helping Homeless Animals."

Caitlin Kozelichki is a junior at Monmouth High School. She is the daughter of Anthony and Linda Kozelichki of Alexis. Her talent is Baton Show twirl and her platform is "Education about Epilepsy."

Monica Matt, the daughter of Robert and Donna Matt of Viola is a sophomore at Sherrard High School. Her platform is "Pale is the New Tan; Teen awareness of Melenoma" and her talent is alto saxophone.

Karen Newlon is a junior at UTHS. The daughter of Rick and Janet Newlon, she is a jazz dancer. Her platform is "Breast Cancer Awareness."

Stephanie Schultz is the daughter of Jim and Jane Schultz of Reynolds. A junior at Rockridge High School, her platform is "Be Unique, Be You: Promoting Healthy Self Esteem."  Her talent is vocal performance.

Mayra Shook is a sophomore at Moline High School and is the daughter of Kenneth and Jana Shook. Her talent is hip-hop dance and her platform is "Mentoring Young Kids."

Carolyn Wehr is a seventh grader at Wilson Middle School. The daughter of Denis and Lisa Wehr, her talent is piano performance and her platform is "Helping the Hearig Impaired."

Miss Blackhawk Valley in existence for 63 years is the oldest scholarship pageant in the Miss Illinois system. Open to young women who reside, go to school or work in Rock Island, Henry and Mercer counties, the program provides nearly $8,500 in cash and tuition grant scholarships to the candidates each year. It is an official preliminary to Miss America that is one of the nation's leading achievement programs and the world's largest provider of scholarship assistance for young women.

For more information about the program or to obtain tickets, contact Nancy Lee, executive director, at (309) 762.0884 or by email at BlackhawkValley@mchsi.com.