Posted by Colin Heggie on Oct 22, 2019
Penny Trudel hosted Queen Silver Star Excellence Program Committee member Celine Grosch, Queen Hayley Rakos, Princess Madison Barrett & our club’s current candidate Jessie-Leonia Knight.  Our Dr Craig Goplen & Martin von Holst have been involved with QSSEP for many years.  Celine told us this is the 60th anniversary year of the program, which has graduated 692 candidates.  The program has evolved significantly from a beauty pageant, to include training in automotive maintenance, dance, etiquette, financial awareness, fitness, hair care, health, interview skills, local history, make up/skin care, modelling & deportment, nutrition, resume writing, self-defense & speechcraft.  Being a candidate is like a half-time job for these girls, who are kept running to a wide variety of local events, plus travel as Vernon’s ambassadors.  Media nights, speech competitions & talent shows supplement the debut & fashion show, proclamation & coronation events, in coordination with our annual Winter Carnival.  Candidates are all matched with at least one 6 to 8-year old “Little Miss.”  Scholarships are offered to candidates, dependent upon the generosity of program sponsors.