The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization announced its 78th annual competition will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, June 15, at the Cape Henlopen High School auditorium in Lewes. The winner of this year’s competition will receive a $10,000 scholarship and will go on to compete for the title of Miss America 2020.
This year’s theme is Miss Delaware 2.0, which reflects the new era of the Miss America Organization. The new competition boasts greater inclusiveness by eliminating the swimsuit portion of the program, giving more women the opportunity to earn scholarships, compete for the job of Miss America, and make a difference in their communities.
The Miss Delaware Scholarship Organization offers more than $35,000 in scholarships to candidates this year. “This has been an incredible year,” said Joanna Wicks, the current Miss Delaware. “It is bittersweet for this year to end, because I will miss traveling our beautiful state and meeting people during daily appearances, but I am also so excited to crown the next Miss Delaware. We’ve got an incredible group of young women vying for the title.”
Miss Delaware candidates will compete in interview, talent, social impact statement in evening wear, and on-stage question. Each candidate also selects her own platform issue, an area of focus for her community service work. This year’s competition features 12 of Delaware’s brightest young women.
For more information about all the candidates, go to www.missde.org.
Hosting this year’s competition is Linda Kurtz Risk, Miss Delaware 2004. The show will also highlight Becca Jackson Beaver, Miss Delaware 2013.
During the evening, the organization will also feature and bid a fond farewell to Joanna Wicks, Miss Delaware 2018. Wicks spent her year focused on her platform issue, The Color of Violence: Domestic Violence Prevention & Awareness. “Joanna was a wonderful Miss Delaware, and she certainly leaves big shoes to fill,” said George Lee, Miss Delaware co-executive director. “Yet, we are looking forward to another exciting competition! The evening will be a spectacular event, and we are excited to see who will wear the crown next.”
To purchase tickets, go to www.missde.org/events.