Three young ladies from around Greene County will compete in the 41st annual Miss Rain Day Scholarship Pageant. Sponsored by Rain Day Scholarship Inc., the competition will begin at 4 p.m. in the Waynesburg Central High School auditorium on Sunday, July 28.
Miss Rain Day 2018 Loren Schroyer, 15, daughter of Courtney and Joel Schroyer of Waynesburg, is guiding the contestants through their quest for the title and will relinquish her crown to one of this year’s contestants. Schroyer will be a freshman at Waynesburg Central High School this fall.
Those competing for the title of Miss Rain Day 2019 are, in contestant order:
* Remmey Lohr, 16, daughter of Tricia and Jason Lohr of Carmichaels. She will be a junior at Carmichaels Area Junior Senior High School and will be performing a musical theater song and dance to “Show Off.”
* Paytyn Neighbors, 15, daughter of Bobbi and Scott Neighbors of Greensboro. She will be a sophomore at Mapletown Junior Senior High School and will be performing a musical theater selection to “Popular.”
* Katie Swauger, 16, daughter of Judy and Kenneth Swauger of Carmichaels. She will be a junior at Carmichaels Area Junior Senior High School and will be performing an acrobatic jazz routine to “Ready For It.”
This year’s crown bearer is Lila Hertig, 7, daughter of Butch and Mindy Buchtan of Carmichaels and Mike Hertig of Amity. She is a second-grader at Greene Valley Christian Academy in Rices Landing.
The contestants will be judged based on personal interview, sportswear, talent and evening gown competitions. Awards will be presented to those with top scores in these areas as well as Miss Personality, Miss Photogenic, the Spirit Award and the Scholastic Achievement Award. Participation awards will be given to all contestants. A Rain Maker Award will be presented to the contestant who collected the most scholarships, and the John O’Hara Award will be given to the contestant who composes the best essay on what Rain Day means to them. The Remo C. Bertugli Memorial Award will also be presented, which is judged from essays submitted by the contestants on how a volunteering experience changed their life.
The contestants have already had a busy schedule this summer. They gathered in May in the Glass Room in Benedum Hall at Waynesburg University to officially kick off their quest for the Miss Rain Day title. Guests that evening included Schroyer and Hertig.
The contestants also had their portrait taken courtesy of Bruno & Bruno Full Service Salon and Portrait Studio and were interviewed by WANB Radio’s Doug Wilson. They attended a Washington Wild Things baseball game and a dinner-theater trip to Benedum Cultural Center to see the production of “Grease” and had dinner at Pittsburgh Proper Brick Oven.
They also volunteered their time delivering Meals on Wheels and at the Corner Cupboard Food Bank, Miss Rain Day Loren Schroyer’s chosen service projects. Additionally, they assisted with the Greene County Memorial Hospital Foundation Golf Outing. They will also attend Saturday's Habitat for Humanity Rain Day 5K race.
After the pageant, Miss Rain Day 2019 and her court will participate in the Rain Day Festival on Monday and will perform for the festivalgoers.