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Local woman competes in pageant

| Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, 9:58 p.m.

Rachel Kromel, 18, of Waterford will participate in the 2013 Miss Teen pageant Nov. 18 in Pittsburgh. When Kromel was notified that she was selected for the pageant and that she could win a scholarship, the Westmoreland County Community College student decided to participate.

“I decided to give it a try,” she said. “I never even did the Miss Ligonier pageant. I would like to experience it.”

Kromel,who is the daughter of David and Jody Kromel, said she completed the application form and took part in an interview session for the personality-based competition. She is an art therapy major and plans to transfer to Seton Hill College after her sophomore year.

The 2012 Ligonier Valley High School graduate will compete in the Miss Teen division of the pageant, one of four divisions for girls ages seven through 19. She will compete in modeling routines for casual and formal wear.

Kromel hopes her 14-years experience in dance will help her in the modeling competition.

“It has given me more confidence. Being on the stage in front of an audience does not bother me,” she said.

Kromel will attend a modeling training class prior to the pageant.

“They are focused on giving us confidence, so I will definitely benefit from it,” she said.

If she wins the competition, she will represent the area at the national competition in Orlando, where more than $30,000 in prizes will be awarded.

Kromel is seeking businesses or organizations to sponsor her for the pageant. To contribute, call the pageant coordiator at 1-877-403-6678.

“If I could win scholarship money, it would make my parents happier,” she said.

Deborah A. Brehun is a staff editor for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-238-2111 or

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