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Moorpark Pageant Winners are New Goodwill Ambassadors

Not just pretty faces, the recent winners of the Miss Moorpark pageant will be touring town as they give back and play ambassadors of goodwill.

Over 40 young men and women vied for the titles of Miss Moorpark, Miss Teen Moorpark and Mr. Moorpark over the weekend at the .

The pageant is an annual event put up by the Miss Moorpark Scholarship Foundation with the intent of giving away scholarship money to deserving young people. To date, the foundation has awarded over $130,000 in scholarships.

Sydney Campbell, 17, was crowned Miss Moorpark. The graduating senior at , is planning to attend for two years before going to nursing school. 

"The scholarship money will be a huge help," said Campbell, a pageant first-timer who learned about the pageant from her dance team at the high school.

Fellow dance teammmate Emily Gratke, 17, is also a newcomer to beauty pageants. "The dancers entered as a little group," said Gratke, who was crowned Miss Teen Moorpark.

Like Campbell, Gratke is thrilled about being awarded some scholarship money. Unlike Campbell, Gratke will have to wait one more year, being a junior also at . 

"I want to go into the biological sciences, hopefully at my dream school - Dartmouth College," said Gratke.

Meantime, both girls, along with Mr. Moorpark Austin Cole and other title-holders from Simi Valley, have a year to play ambassadors of goodwill in the area.

Campbell said, "That was part of the appeal of the pageant to me - the charity work. I love giving back and helping kids."

Gratke couldn't agree more. She said, "We have a full year of service activities and community events to look forward to."

Dannielle Huxley May 16, 2012 at 04:59 PM
Congrats to the winners, but how can you have a Mr. Moorpark who's not from Moorpark?? Also, I am not familiar with this pageant, but I always think it's funny these are called "scholarship" contests in general (yet require evening wear, bathing suits, etc.) Aren't they mostly still beauty pageants with a more PC name?
Emily Gratke May 17, 2012 at 03:28 AM
Thank you for your congratulations!! Austin (Mr. Moorpark) is from Moorpark and attends MHS. To address your question, there is no bathing suit portion of our competition, and the "Evening Wear" portion only accounts for 15% of our total score. The majority of our score is accounted for by our interview, talent, and other competitions that test our public speaking skills and ability to communicate our ideas effectively. Our grades and community service also account for 20% of our total score. The competition truly is testing our abilities to express ourselves as positive role models for the community.
Mira Del Fonso Reverente May 17, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Thanks for the clarification, Emily. I was just about to ask the organizers. And good job last Sunday!
Dannielle Huxley May 19, 2012 at 12:14 AM
Thanks for the clarification, Emily. The article, which said, "Mr. Moorpark Austin Cole and other title-holders from Simi Valley...," made it sound like he was from Simi. lol As for the other bit, like I said, I didn't know about this contest in particular, I was mostly making an observation about pageants in general.

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