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Belle Vernon woman wins preliminary round in Miss USA competition

Jeff Himler
| Monday, Dec. 4, 2017, 7:09 p.m.
Olivia Suchko
Olivia Suchko

Olivia Suchko, 21, of Belle Vernon was crowned Miss Pennsylvania USA 2018 Sunday in the culmination of an annual weekend pageant, held at the Hyatt Regency, Pittsburgh International Airport.

Kailey Grill, 18, of Mars was selected as Miss Pennsylvania Teen USA 2018. The women will represent the state in the nationally televised Miss USA and Miss Teen USA pageants at a date and venue to be determined.

Contestants were judged in three categories: Personal interview; evening gown; and swimsuit, replaced by active wear in the teen competition.

The titleholders will make appearances throughout Pennsylvania, acting as ambassadors of the state at charitable events and social functions.

Chosen from among more than 30 contestants from across the state, Suchko said she is proud to hold the state title. She stated in a press release that the competition “reminded me of how many exceptionally smart, confident, generous, hardworking and talented young women hail from all corners of our state,” adding that she is “excited for every step of this incredible journey and year ahead.”

According to the pageant website, each contestant was required to pay an entry fee of more than $1,100. While Grill's friends and family assisted with her costs, Suchko obtained sponsorships from several businesses.

Scholarships and prizes were anticipated for semifinalists, finalists and winners.

Jeff Himler is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 724-836-6622, or via Twitter @jhimler_news.

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