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10 Local Girls Vying for Autumn Leaf Pageant Crowns

Wednesday, September 25, 2019 @ 12:09 AM

Posted by Aly Delp

2019-ALF-contestantsCLARION, Pa. – The contestants for Miss Petite, Miss Junior Teen, and Miss Teen Autumn Leaf Festival Scholarship Program have been announced.

The new Miss Petite Scholarship is for 5th- and 6th-grade girls, while girls in the 7th- through the 9th-grade can compete in the Miss Junior Teen competition. The competition for the title of Miss Teen ALF is open for girls in the 10th- through 12th-grade.

The phases of competition include interview, formal wear, Friday night fun wear, on-stage question, and talent. A talent award scholarship will be presented along with the other awards.

The Miss Teen ALF contestants will also participate in the essay question.

This competition is open to all girls from 5th- through 12th-grade who live or attend public, private, or home/cyber school in Clarion County.

This year’s program will be held on the opening day of the Autumn Leaf Festival, Saturday, September 28, at the Clarion Area High School auditorium.

Doors will open at 6:00 p.m. with the program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Reserved seats for the program can be purchased in advance at the Clarion Area Chamber of Business & Industry at 650 Main Street or at the door for $12.00 each.

Those attending are asked to bring a non-perishable item to benefit the Clarion County Community Bank “Foodstock.”

For more information, please contact the Clarion Area Chamber at 814-226-9161 or info@clarionpa.com.

Miss Petite Contestants

Eliza Datko
Eliza Datko
Age: 10
School: Clarion Area
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Darrell and Christie Datko

Activities: Eliza Datko is a fifth-grade student at Clarion Area Elementary School where she plays the clarinet in the band. In 2018, she was chosen as the captain of her reading competition team and participated in the Intermediate Gifted Consortium’s Presidents Challenge where she earned a second place high score award. In 2019, Eliza competed in the clarion area 4-6th grade spelling bee and earned a third place finish. She is also a student at Clarion Center for the Arts and has been receiving dance instruction since the age of three. She has been trained in various genres of dance including, ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, acro and pointe. Eliza has completed Cecchetti levels I and II and has begun level III. She has enjoyed being a member of “Sparklers,” which is CCA’s dance competition team. For the past three years in which Eliza was a member, she competed in the annual Ohio Dance Masters Competition and was the recipient of a third place scholarship award in her ballet audition class and received a “Special Judges” award for her lyrical solo. This past February, she also competed in the ODM Miss Junior Dance title competition. Eliza was honored to receive the “Sparkler” Leadership Award in the spring of 2019. Although competing has been a wonderful experience for her, she has enjoyed dancing to help raise money and awareness of issues that affect Clarion County. Eliza has collected pledges which are based on the award she and her team have received at the annual competition held in Ohio. She has helped raise money for Wounded Warrior, the Clarion area foster care system, and ASTEP (Artist Striving to End Poverty). Although dance has consumed much of Eliza’s time, she has started theatre classes just this fall at CCA. She is also an altar server at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she attends church and enjoys being a member of the children’s choir.

Interests: One of the things Eliza really loves to do is volunteer. She has met so many amazing people and has had so much fun helping others. Some of the events she has volunteered at include: the Cook’s Forest 25k Trail Run, Generosity Feeds Clarion County, and the St. Joseph’s 4th of July Festival. She has also helped to prepare and deliver meals to Highland Oaks Personal Care Facility as well as perform in plays and sing for the residents who live there. Just this past summer Eliza developed a love of running which has led her to compete in several 5k events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, singing, camping, crafting, and swimming.

Kaley Milliron
Kaley Milliron
Age: 12
School: Clarion-Limestone
Talent: Gymnastics
Parent/Guardian Information: Douglas and Lisa Milliron

Activities: Kaley is a sixth grade student at Clarion-Limestone Elementary School. In both 4th and 5th grades, Kaley was on the Principal’s List, was honored to have received the Gold President’s Academic Award, spelling bee champion, received 2nd place in the school’s Math 24 competition and participated in the regional Math 24 competition, attended the reading competition, and was vice-president of student council. Kaley has had perfect attendance for the past five years. Kaley has a love for the sport of gymnastics. She is in her fifth competition season. In the past year, she has won first all-around at four competitions and over 10 first places in the four individual events as a YMCA Brookville Kipster. Kaley wants young gymnasts to grow their skills and become better gymnasts by teaching them as an assistant coach at 10.0 (Ten Point 0) Gymnastics. She also spends time helping the community at Clarion PAWS, donating cat food, treats and toys and spending time playing with them. In Kaley’s free time, she enjoys acting and writing plays. She has performed with the Young Americans at their last two visits to Clarion-Limestone.

Interests: Kaley also enjoys reading books and spending time with family and friends. Some things she likes doing with family and friends are camping, swimming, biking, crafting and traveling. Kaley also loves spending time with anything that has to deal with animals.

Reese Cornecki
Reese Cornecki
Age: 11
School: North Clarion
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Ryan and Robin Cornecki

Activities: Reese Cornecki is a sixth-grade student at North Clarion Elementary School.  Reese is an honor student and a third-year member of the elementary chorus.  Reese enjoys going to school and learning new things. Reese has been dancing and tumbling since the age of 4 and now dances over 10 hours a week, taking classes and practicing with the competition team.  This is her 4th year as a member of the Dancer’s Studio company and competition team. She was the recipient of the “Prima Ballerina” award last year.  This is also her 2nd year as a teacher’s assistant at Dancer’s Studio where she is assisting with hip hop classes. Reese is also a teen leader and member of the Wingman for Dance youth leadership experience.  Dance has allowed Reese to travel to different cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, and New York City. In New York City, she attended MPower Dance workshops and while she was there, Reese and another dance friend organized a community service project for the homeless.  They created personal hygiene kits, from donated purses and totes, for a local shelter where they visited and personally handed out the kits.

Interests: Reese also loves decorating, the holidays, and spending time with her family.

Miss Junior Teen Contestants

Ava Orcutt
Ava Orcutt
Age: 14
School: Clarion-Limestone
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Tim and Jill Orcutt

Activities: Ava has been a member of CLHS Student Council, Jr. High Cheerleading, and is on the Academic Pentathlon Team. She has competed in the IU6’s regional Math 24 competition as well as their Election Extravaganza where she earned first place in the impromptu speech category. She was awarded the Good Citizenship Award from the office of Senator Scott Hutchinson. Ava has earned the Presidential Award for Academic Excellence each year that she was eligible and achieved high honor roll for each quarter of her high school career. For two years in a row, she was her classes’ highest scorer on the PA State Standardized Assessment in both ELA and math. For her academic performance last school year, Ava earned the honor of being named one of the top 5 students in her 7th grade class.

Interests: Ava has been a member of “Life’s Blessings” Relay for Life team and has volunteered for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life since she was a young girl. Ava had the honor of serving as the 2016 Jefferson County Fair Princess and the 2018 Jefferson County Fair Jr. Queen. She has been a student at Clarion Center for the Arts for five years where she has studied acro, ballet, Cecchetti, and tap. Ava’s first love is theater, and she has appeared in eight productions through Clarion Center for the Arts and Clarion-Limestone High School, including performances at the Cook Forest Sawmill Center for the Arts. Ava just returned from a week-long performing arts workshop in Princeton, New Jersey, where she was thrilled to learn from actors of both stage and screen. This workshop culminated with her performance of a monologue at the famed Orpheum Theater in New York City, earning her her first professional acting credits.

Sydney Weaver
Sydney Weaver
Age: 13
School: Keystone
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Dean and Kelly Weaver

Activities: Sydney is in the 8th grade at Keystone Junior-Senior High School. She is a member of the Keystone Marching Band Dance Team, junior high choir, and junior high student government. Sydney has danced for seven years, and she is now enrolled in classes at Dancer’s Studio in Clarion. Sydney is a current member of the Dancer’s Studio Company and Competition Team and most recently traveled to Atlanta, Georgia to compete in Dance Masters of America, performing a solo, group, and production numbers.

Interests: Sydney’s main focus has been on dancing. Sydney currently dances in the following genres of dance: ballet, tap, jazz, modern, contemporary, acrobatics and lyrical. In her spare time, she enjoys taking any opportunity to continue to grow towards becoming a better dancer. When Sydney is not dancing, she enjoys spending time camping, swimming, and hanging out with her many friends and family. Sydney continues to support the World Wildlife Fund to help save endangered species and remains passionate about her love of animals.

Jordan McElravy
Jordan McElravy
Age: 13
School: Keystone
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Bryan and Sandi McElravy

Activities: Jordan is an 8th grade honor roll student at Keystone High School. She is a performer on the Keystone Dance Team. Jordan was a featured dancer in the school’s production of West Side Story last March. She also participates in junior high student government, and she is a member of the junior high choir. Jordan recently completed training to become a teen leader in the Wingman for Dance program. She will be planning activities for younger dancers to encourage and influence them in a positive way both on and off the stage.

Interests: Jordan is a dancer at Dancer’s Studio where she has been dancing for the past 10 years. She takes classes in all genres and is enrolled in the advanced level classes. She has been a member of the Dancer’s Studio Competition Team for four years, and she has been in the company for five years. This year Jordan is also an assistant in jazz class. in May, Jordan traveled to Los Angeles where she performed her solo and a group dance at the Guidance Experience Competition. In June, Jordan traveled with her team to Atlanta, Georgia to compete at the Dance Masters of America Nationals competition where she received a special award for “great emotional connection” for her solo, “Fathers and Daughters.” She was also a part of the team’s production number, “Hairspray” which was awarded Grand National Champion of their division. In addition to her love of dance, Jordan also enjoys swimming, taking pictures, shopping, going on golf cart rides, playing games, making videos and spending time with family and friends.

Aoife Salusky
Aoife Salusky
Age: 12
School: Clarion Area
Talent: Vocal
Parent/Guardian Information: Michael Salusky and Chrissy Boryenace

Interests: Aoife is in 7th grade at Clarion Area High School. Her favorite courses are World Geography and Spanish because she loves traveling and experiencing new adventures. She is excited to perform as a member of the Hip Hop Squad at the Clarion Co-Op One Team football games this fall. She also plays percussion in the Junior High Band and is a member of the choir. Aoife is a member of the Holey Jeans traveling youth choir in Oil City which performs throughout western Pennsylvania. Recently Aoife was cast as Little Red Riding Hood in the Advanced Youth Theatre production of Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood at the Barrow Civic Theatre in Franklin, Pa. This is her second year performing with the youth theatre program.

Interests: In her spare time, Aoife enjoys volunteering in her community with several local organizations which include:
• Little Leaders where she is an assistant leader. This group teaches young girls to identify and address local concerns based on the life work of influential women. They will be traveling to Austin, Texas in November to present their work at a national conference for NCSS.
• Winds of Trade Community Center where she has served as a counselor for the summer creative arts camp. She was also a princess and a superhero during the themed youth activities. Aoife enjoys hanging out at Winds of Trade with her friends participating in their teen activities.
• St. Joseph’s in Lucinda where she is a co-leader of the youth choir which performs during mass, at fellowship gatherings, and throughout the community.

Aoife’s hobbies include singing, playing guitar, and dancing. She has been taking vocal lessons for more than a year and acoustic/electric guitar for eighteen months. She has participated in open mic nights locally at CRBC and the Clarion Farms Beef Barn as well as at the Little Theatre in Franklin. This summer Aoife auditioned for the Girls Rock! Pittsburgh summer camp in which she was the lead guitarist for the band Shifting Willows. They wrote and recorded a 6-minute rock ballad called Changing Seasons which they performed at a venue in Pittsburgh. Aoife has also studied various genres of dance since the age of four at Dancer’s Studio where she was a member of the competition team and company for four years. Aoife was Miss Congeniality and first runner up in the 2019 Miss Petite ALF scholarship pageant. She enjoyed representing her community at various events throughout Clarion County this past year.

Janiya Jones
Janiya Jones
Age: 13
School: Clarion Area
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Jay Jones and Jennifer Arbuckle Jones

Activities: Since the age of 3, Janiya has been a student at Dancer’s Studio. She participates in all genres of dance including hip-hop, modern, contemporary, lyrical, point, jazz, ballet, and tap. As a classroom assistant for ballet and tap at Dancer’s Studio, Janiya has the opportunity to teach and mentor younger members of the studio. She has also been a member of the competition team for four years. The team, most recently, traveled to Atlanta to compete in Dance Masters’ of America national competition. Janiya also enjoys playing an active role in youth leadership as an ambassador for Guidance Experience, traveling to a variety of cities to compete, while gaining valuable work and leadership skills. She has been certified through Youth Protection Advocates in Dance to contribute to the safety and well-being of happy and healthy dancers and has most recently begun a youth leadership program through Wingman for Dance. Through this program, Janiya will work to mentor younger dancers who are also involved in the program and to provide assistance to the leaders. Finally, Janiya is also a member of the student council at Clarion Area High School, the school choir, and participates in various service activities including Foodstock.

Interests: In her free time, Janiya enjoys drawing and crafting. She also enjoys spending time with her friends and traveling. On the weekends, she likes going to sporting events to support her school and friends. Over the past two years Janiya has discovered she enjoys having the opportunity to travel to various destinations including, Los Angeles, to participate in professional photoshoots.

Miss Teen Contestants

Abbey Barron
Abbey Barron
Age: 15
School: North Clarion
Talent: Dance
Parent/Guardian Information: Jeff and Jennifer Barron

Activities: Abbey Barron is a sophomore at North Clarion High School where she is a member of Youth Council, Junior Historians, Student Council, and Science Olympiad. She has been a dancer at Dancer’s Studio since she was three and dances in all genres. Abbey is a member of the competition team and has traveled to numerous regional and national competitions, winning the 2019 Teen Miss Guidance Pittsburgh, 2018 Junior Miss Fierce Pittsburgh, 2018 Junior Miss Fierce Nationals, and 2014 Petite Miss Dance of Pennsylvania. She is currently the reigning 2019 Teen Miss Dance of Pennsylvania. Abbey is also a company member at the studio and has traveled to Atlanta, New Orleans, Orlando, and Nashville to compete in the Dance Masters of America competitions. She is proud to be an ambassador for Guidance Experience. Abbey is a teen leader for Wingman for Dance, serving as a mentor for younger dancers. she is also Y.P.A.D. certified, which stands for Youth Protection Advocates in Dance. Abbey was also Miss Junior Teen ALF in 2017.

Interests: Abbey’s main interest is dance; therefore, in her spare time she enjoys taking advantage of opportunities to help her become a better dancer. Her love of dancing has led her to many of her other interests: traveling, meeting new people, and learning new things. She also enjoys drawing, fishing, volunteering for church activities, and especially spending time with her family and friends.

Isabela Barboza
Isabela Barboza
Age: 16
School: Clarion-Limestone
Talent: Musical Theater
Parent/Guardian Information: Gustavo Barboza and Sandra Trejos Barboza

Activities: Isabela is involved in numerous school-based and extracurricular activities. She serves as co-treasurer of Clarion-Limestone High School’s student council and also was chosen by her classmates as this year’s secretary of the junior class. Isabela has also been a successful member of Clarion-Limestone High School’s Academic Decathlon Team for two years and is hoping to travel to Alaska for the national competition this year. As part of her academic involvement, she has recently joined the Math Team. In regards to her love of music, Isabela is starting her second year as a member of her school’s show choir, Sensations. Through this, she has been given the opportunity to sing for multiple nursing homes during the Christmas season. Isabela proudly represented Clarion-Limestone as an alto two at the PMEA county and district chorus festivals. She hopes to return again this year. Isabela channels her positive energy and school spirit by being a member of Clarion-Limestone High School’s sideline and competitive cheerleading squad. She joined the squad last year and has fallen in love with representing her school. Isabela has also trained as a dancer since the age of seven. She is currently a student at Clarion Center for the Arts where she takes ballet, tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary, pointe, and Cecchetti. She has passed the first five grades of Cecchetti ballet and is now working on the grade six examination. Isabela shares her passion for dance with her school by being a member of the dance team for three years and the newly formed hip hop squad. She joined this team in performing a pre-game routine at a Cleveland Cavaliers game last November. The importance of kindness and faithfulness has always been prevalent in Isabela’s life. For this reason, she volunteers in the community by altar serving at church, serving breakfast to benefit the food pantry, and assisting at Clarion Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center’s annual resident carnival. Overall, Isabela hopes to spread a message of hard work, commitment, and compassion to all those who she encounters.

Interests: Isabela has several interests and hobbies that occupy her free time. She has always been musically inclined, so singing has always been one of her main hobbies. Recently, Isabela has also spent much of her time learning new songs on the ukulele to accompany her singing. She also enjoys baking when she is either bored or feeling creative. Her specialty is red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese frosting. On a more academic note, Isabela is extremely interested in traveling the world and learning new languages. Since she is Costa Rican American, she already speaks both Spanish and English. She had the chance to study abroad in Milan, Italy during the fall semester of 2017 where she also studied Italian, French, and Latin. Ever since then, she has hoped to continue experiencing new cultures while making lifelong friends. To top it all off she is extremely interested in psychology and neuroscience with dreams of becoming a neurosurgeon. This summer she was able to attend a week-long summer academy at Saint Francis University. Isabela takes every opportunity she can to learn more about these fascinating subjects.

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