Area Young Women Crowned in Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant

Victoria Elisabeth Siering of Baileyville (left) was crowned 2019 USA National Miss Maine Preteen; Cassidy Carr of Calais (right) was crowned 2019 USA National Miss Jr. Teen; and Violet Teresa Dineen of Meddybemps was crowned 2019 USA National Miss Princess. (Submitted photo)

Biddeford Performing Arts Center in Biddeford was the setting for the 10th annual Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant (MASP) and Green Carpet Fundraiser Event. Eighty-six Maine women and young ladies vied for their respective titles to compete nationally for over $300K in prizes and scholarships at the USA National Miss Scholarship Pageant and the American Women of Service Pageant. During their reign, they will have the opportunity to represent the Unite Against Bullying ME Crown CARES project in Maine Schools and performed over 12,000 hours of community service in the state. The titleholders will be traveling to Disney in Orlando, Florida in July of 2019 to compete for the national titles and Springfield MA for AWOS.

Cassidy Carr, 14, was crowned the 2019 USA National Miss Jr. Teen. She will be entering the high school as a freshman at Calais High School and is the daughter of Mark and Shannon Carr. Cassidy plays flute in her school band and participates in many school sports and extracurricular activities. She is an avid volunteer in her church and community, and works diligently to support the Crown C.A.R.E.S. platform. Cassidy has also created the Perfect Pillow Project which donates pillows and blankets to those facing difficult times, providing a soft place to rest. The Perfect Pillow Project has donated to the Next Step Domestic Violent Project and to the American Red Cross Pine Tree Chapter. Cassidy was also crowned the 2019 Miss Maine Role Model senior division and was awarded first runner-up in the senior talent division and first runner-up for the Crown C.A.R.E.S. Award. Cassidy received the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is excited about the upcoming year and looks forward to bonding with her sister queens while they work hard to make a difference in their communities and their state. First runner-up was Jayde McKenney.

Victoria Elisabeth Siering, 12, was crowned the 2019 USA National Miss Maine Preteen. She is currently a seventh grader at Woodland Jr.-Sr. High School. She enjoys spending time volunteering and doing community service, and has studied martial arts for six years. Along with winning the state title, Victoria was also awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award. She is the daughter of Kristofer and Tina Siering of Baileyville. First runner-up was Anglee Brewer. 

Violet Teresa Dineen, 7, was crowned as the 2019 USA National Miss Princess. She is currently in the third grade at Calais Elementary School. Violet is an avid volunteer and enjoys being active in her community. Her passions include cheerleading and dance. She is a third-year student at Barbara’s International School of Dance where she studies tap, ballet, baton and belly dancing. Violet is the daughter of Wanita Thibodeau and Patrick Dineen of Meddybemps. First runner-up was McKenna Perry of Cherryfield, second runner-up was Ava Croman of Alexander, and fourth runner up was Abigail Moses of Calais. Abigail also was awarded the Junior Division Supermodel Award, first runner up in talent, and the Bronze Presidential Service Award.

The American Women of Service titles were awarded as follows:

Katherine Sivret 28, of Alexander was crowned the 2019 MS Maine American Women of Service. She was also chosen by her peers as Miss Congeniality. Prior to her current career with the Department of Homeland Security, Katherine served in Thailand for 27 months with the Peace Corps. She is dedicated to serving others through volunteering at various organizations and events throughout Maine and has served internationally on many mission trips independently and with her family. Katherine enjoys dancing, traveling and practicing her Thai. She is passionate about working with military families and refugees. Katherine is a 2013 graduate of Columbia University with a Masters of Science in Social Work and a 2012 graduate of the University of Southern Maine with a Bachelors of Arts in Social Work. She is the daughter of Sherry and David Sivret of Alexander. First runner-up was Chanbopha Himm

Emma Dolan of Van Buren was crowned Miss Maine Preschool, McKenna Perry of Cherryfield was crowned Miss Primary and Anglee Brewer of New Sharon was crowned Miss Elementary. The three young ladies will represent the Young American Women of Service, which is a noncompetitive community service based program for females age four and up. YAWOS was founded to empower all women across the country to become the best version of themselves possible through service. The mission is to encourage youth to serve in their communities and to create a positive, encouraging, and empowering sisterhood of youth and teens who are interested in motivating others through community and civic involvement as positive role models through service. The service platform is to promote and educate the community on bullying prevention and positive social behaviors at any ages and in all areas of life.

Brylea Newman of Alexander earned the Junior Casual Wear Award and the People's Choice Scholarship. Grace Howard of Alexander was crowned Miss Maine Junior Talent and earned a Silver Presidential Service Award. Hope Carle of Princeton earned a Gold Presidential Service Award and the Emily Robbins Interview Scholarship. Kaylin Hamilton of Baileyville earned the Gold Presidential Service Award and Sophia Siering, also of Baileyville, earned the Bronze Presidential Service Award.

 

Miss St. Croix Valley Pageant, a preliminary to the Maine Academic Scholarship Pageant, will be held Saturday, September 29th at Woodland Elementary School. For more information contact local directors Dawn Smith at 214.8504 or Crystal Annis at 214.6402. Register online at www.missmainepageant.com or find us on Facebook.