For Immediate Release - December 19th, 2019

Jennifer Rapoza & Ryan Scheller

Miss Gold Country Executive Directors

209-613-4476 / 209-743-5744

December 19, 2019

News Release

Miss America Scholarship Program is coming to the Gold Country! 

As a new Miss America is currently being crowned we are proud to introduce a new event coming to the Gold Country counties of Tuolumne and Calaveras!

Miss Gold Country and Miss Gold Country Outstanding Teen is a non-profit, scholarship competition sanctioned with the Miss California and Miss America organizations.   

“Preparing outstanding young women for the world and the world for outstanding young women” has become the mission statement for executive directors Jennifer Rapoza and Ryan Scheller. “We will be providing an opportunity for our local young women to earn scholarships, gain public speaking skills, serve their community and create relations that will last a lifetime!”

Jennifer Rapoza and Ryan Scheller, both local small business owners, have worked diligently for the past 3 months to become sanctioned, licensed and trained by the Miss California organization. “We want to bring a strong, exciting event to our community. Being sanctioned and getting our 501(c) (3) was an important part of what we needed to do. We want to do it right.” 

Rapoza and Scheller feel that living within our community could very well be the next Miss California and ultimately the next Miss America! Interested young women will compete for the title of Miss Gold Country and Miss Gold Country Outstanding Teen through talent competition, private interview, on stage interview, and evening wear / social impact initiative. The winners of our titles will be awarded a minimum of $500 in scholarships and have the opportunity to compete in the 2021 Miss California competition. Miss Gold Country candidates will be between the ages of 18-25 and Miss Gold Country Outstanding Teen candidates will be between the ages of 13-17 years old. 

Title holders will be ambassadors for our counties, visitor’s bureaus and local business sponsors through participation in special appearances, marketing, speaking engagements and events. 

The event will be held on July 20, 2020 at the Opera Hall in Sonora, California. It will be a ticketed event.. To make this event possible we are currently seeking and welcoming any local business who would like to be involved in sponsorship of the event. Sponsorship levels are posted on our website. 

Interested young women can submit an application through our website. We also can be found on Instgram as @missgoldcountry and Facebook as Miss Gold Country.  

Businesses who are interested in sponsorship and advertising opportunities please contact us at or through the website. 

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