Warren teen competing for Miss Pennsylvania

A Warren Area High School senior, Cady Ruth Stoever, will take to the Miss Pennsylvania stage in Pittsburgh this June as the 61st Miss Crawford County. The youngest contestant going to the state competition, Ms. Stoever hopes to earn the chance to become the next Miss America by winning Miss Pennsylvania and receiving thousands of dollars in college scholarship money along the way.

Cady Ruth won the coveted title of Miss Crawford County 2017 in November 2016 at the Hotel Conneaut in Conneaut Lake. She started her year of service to Crawford County and all of northwestern Pennsylvania by doing appearances at local charity events and promoting the national Miss America platform, Children’s Miracle Networks. Raising money for St. Vincent’s Hospital, the area’s official Children’s Miracle Network hospital, she hopes to reach her $1,000 goal by the state pageant.

In addition, she is working with “Free Books for Kids Town,” a Warren County non-profit organization, to bring awareness to her personal platform of “Illiteracy: The Hidden Disability.”

Cady Ruth has already had an exciting year as Miss Crawford County 2017, reading to children at every opportunity around the region, and supporting her local organization with appearances, parades, and festivals across northwestern Pennsylvania. A merit honors student, accomplished violinist, and varsity cheerleader, her days are filled with meaningful activities as well as preparation for the fast-approaching state competition.

“It is a great honor to represent Crawford County and the entire northwestern Pennsylvania region at such a prestigious competition as Miss Pennsylvania,” Cady Ruth said.

The Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Organization is a non-profit organization that maintains the tradition of empowering the women of Pennsylvania to achieve their personal and professional goals, while providing a forum to express their opinions, talents, and intelligence in a competition that is non-biased, congenial and supportive (www.misspa.org).

The Miss America Organization, a 501(c)4 non-profit organization, is a national advocate for women’s education and the largest provider of scholarship assistance to young women in the United States, awarding millions of dollars annually in cash awards and in-kind tuition waivers. MAO is comprised of 52 licensed organizations, including all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico (http://missamerica.org).

To become a contestant in a local competition you must be between the ages of 17 and 24; a United States citizen; meet residency requirements established by that franchise; meet character criteria as set forth by The Miss America Organization; be in reasonably good health and able to meet the time commitment and job responsibilities set forth by the local competition(s) in which you compete.

Previously, Ms. Stoever competed for and won the title of Miss New York’s Outstanding Teen in 2014 when she was living in western New York. Teens start competing at age 13 and are eligible through their junior year of high school.

“It’s a wonderful program,” Stoever said, and encourages all young women who dream of becoming Miss America to start early and participate in the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen system.

As the state teen titleholder, she took to the stage in Orlando, Fla., competing with 51 others from every state, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, to compete for the MAO Teen 2015 crown. Besides earning in-kind college scholarships, Stoever earned cash awards towards her college education.

Cady Ruth’s participation in the MAO Teen program was nothing short of life-changing, she said, and she wants to help others have that opportunity, too. She encourages girls, teens, and young women who have questions about her platform or about competing in a Miss America local competition to contact her through her social media outlets on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

For additional information on the Miss America’s Outstanding Teen program, visit http://maoteen.org/.