By EMELY ARROYO
Miss Utah Valley Amy Osmond will end her reign this Saturday as she crowns the winner of the 1998 Miss Utah Valley Scholarship Pageant.
The day-long event at Payson High School will come to a close as the 22 contestants are judged in an evening wear and talent competition. During the day, the winners will be judged in a swim wear category and interview session.
“This pageant was specifically created to give BYU students an opportunity to compete for Miss Utah,” said Chad Hulet, pageant director. Of the 22 contestants, seven are from BYU. They include Rachel Anderson from Mississippi, Rebecca Cengiz from Arizona, Jodi Reynosa from California, and Utah natives Melissa Brown, Ameri Rose and Korianne Orton.
“At first, I didn’t want to participate in the pageant at all because it seemed very superficial, but I have learned so much that my focus is completely different. I have learned a lot about how to serve and how to reach out to others,” said Rachel Anderson, a junior from Monett, Miss., majoring in broadcast communications.
Tickets cost $6 per person and can be purchased at the door, from the contestants or at the Petal Pantry, 54 N. Main in Payson. The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. The winner of the pageant will receive $750 in cash, $500 in wardrobe and other gifts and prizes.