Students who are of kindergarten age through high school seniors will be charged $5 admission for the program on Saturday, Sept. 10, 7 p.m. in the Newell Rice Auditorium of Columbia City High School. The ticket price for adult tickets remains at $10. Tickets will be on sale at the door the evening of the program.
“We felt that in light of our economic times a student priced ticket was the best for those attending our program,” said board member Deb Wilkinson of South Whitley. “We hope to get the younger girls interested in participating in the program and make it affordable for them to come with their parents. Of course, we hope the siblings of the contestants will be in attendance.”
According to board members the bulk of the scholarship money given in educational scholarships to the category winners as well as the runners-up and winner comes from the attendance gate. For the program year 2011 the board of directors awarded $2,400 in educational scholarships.
Cassandra Petrie, Whitley County’s Junior Miss, 2011, is the last Junior Miss as the winner’s title will change to the Distinguished Young Woman, 2012 when the winner of the Whitley County program is named on Sept. 10. The national program changed the name of the nation-wide program for high school senior girls at the June national program in Mobile, Alabama.