SAEGERTOWN — Jolene Nieves has been crowned winner of the inaugural Miss Tri-County Pageant.

Nieves, 19, was named from a field of 10 young women in the pageant which was held Saturday night at Saegertown High School.

Nieves, from Central City in Somerset County, sang “A New Life” as her talent in the competition. Her platform is “Democracy in Action: Youth Voting and Political Awareness.”

First runner-up in the pageant was Autumn Leigh Kunselman, 23, of Pittsburgh, who sang “At Last” as her talent.

Miss Tri-County is an open pageant, which means women age 17 to 24 from across Pennsylvania can enter, according to Shannon Kocan. She and Lisa Pelino Tautin are co-directors of the pageant which is a preliminary qualifier for the Miss Pennsylvania Pageant.

Anne Victoria Grill of Meadville was selected as the inaugural Miss Tri-County Outstanding Teen from a field of three candidates. She is a daughter of John and Mary Grill of Meadville.

Winners of Miss Tri-County and the Miss Tri-County Outstanding Teen pageants will be eligible to compete in their respective Miss Pennsylvania pageants in Pittsburgh in June, Kocan said.

In competitions for younger girls held earlier in the day, sisters won two of the crowns.

Julia Mailliard of Venango was crowned Tiny Miss Tri-County while her older sister, Olivia Mailliard, was crowned Little Miss Tri-County. The girls are daughters of David and Lindsey Mailliard of Venango.

Hannah Wonderling of Jamestown was crowned Junior Miss Tri-County. She is a daughter of Merv and Andrea Wonderling



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