MISS SALINE PAGEANT RETURNS: Meet Ava Ignacio

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The Miss Saline pageant returns this weekend.

Nine contestants will compete for $2,750 in scholarships. The event, which was traditionally held in conjunction with the Saline Community Fair, is returning under new management after a one-year hiatus. It is being organized by Kim Bryant and Molly Coy.

The contestants are Amanda Lin, Ava Ignacio, Avery McLelland, Jalina Griffin, Josie Sellenraad, Maya Abdallah, Maya Scott, Olivia Helmer and Sayoni Bandyopadhyay.

The pageant is being held at the Rentschler Farm Museum under a big tree from 2-4 p.m., Saturday. It is closed to the public due to concerns about COVID-19.

Miss Saline 2020 will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the runners-up will receive scholarships of $500 and $250. The winner will be crowned by Miss Saline 2018, Brittany Bryant, who co-hosts the event with Miss Saline 2017 Amanda Coy.

One of the contestants is Ava Ignacio. (Photo above by Heidi McClelland).

Ava Ignacio is a rising senior at Saline High School. She enjoys babysitting for families in Saline. Her dream is to become a physical therapist. Ava is cross country captain, a Link Crew leader and a member of the Marching Band. Ava also serves as a confirmation leader at St. Andrews Church. Ava enjoys her Saline community and would love to be crowned Miss Saline.

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