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Local teens to participate in scholarship competition

SPRINGFIELD - Miss Massachusetts Talented Teen Scholarship Competition, the State's preliminary to Hal Jackson's Talented Teen International, is set to take place May 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

Massachusetts Talented Teens Scholarship Program is a non-profit entity dedicated to youth development through the performing arts. The Program promotes scholastic achievements, etiquette, artistic talent, and camaraderie.

This year's competition will be held on the campus of Springfield College in Springfield at The Fuller Arts Center.

The young ladies will be judge in three categories: Personality and Achievement, Youthful Appearance and Performing Talent.

The winner of Massachusetts Talented Teens will receive scholarship monies, gifts and an all expense paid trip to New York City for eight days to compete in an international competition with Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International .

Hal Jackson's Talented Teens International has offered youth development for the past 36 years. Their success stories include Vanessa Williams, Jade Pinkett-Smith and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

Pageant committee member Gina Emanuel-Satchell, a former pageant contestant said that events like these build confidence and self esteem.

"I took pride in representing where I came from and the competition taught me how to be a lady," Emanuel-Satchell said. "It allowed me to show who I was, and exposed me to things that I had only dreamed of. I know this will be the same for our winner this year."

Danita Wilson, director of the Massachusetts Talented Teen Youth Development Scholarship Competition said that she and other committee members Cassandra Ferguson, Roslyn Banks and Emanuel-Satchell "work together to encourage and motivate our youth.

"My dedication to the program as director is to empower our young women to recognize their potential and motivate them to achieve their goals, as well as providing a forum in which to express their intelligence and talents. The challenge of the competition builds self-esteem, confidence and etiquette. Within the program I promote scholastic achievements, camaraderie and community involvement."

Channel 22 news reporter jade Rivera will be the mistress of ceremonies. The Massachusetts Talented Teen Scholarship Competition will take place May 5, 6 p.m.-9 p.m. at Springfield College in The Fuller Arts Center.