SAN LUIS, Ariz. ­­­­­— City Hall has extended till Thursday the deadline for young woman to enter as contestants in the Miss San Luis Scholarship Pageant slated in September.

Three contestants are so far entered, but Lizette Varela, coordinator of the city-sponsored pageant, said the deadline was extended two weeks to offer the chance for more women to compete in the pageant.

The pageant is reassuming its original name, Miss San Luis Scholarship Pageant, after having been temporarily changed last year to the Miss Southwest pageant. The current titleholder under the name of Miss Southwest is Kiara Lardin.

So far entered as contestants in this year’s pageant are Kimberly Lopez, Fernanda Medina and Alexia Mendoza.

Educational scholarships will be paid out in the amount of $1,000 to the winner, $500 to the first runner-up and $250 to the second runner-up.

Contestants must be full- or part-time students of a college, university or other academic institution. Other requirements are that contestants be between the ages of 17 and 23 and that they have resided in San Luis for at least a year.

Also as part of entry requirements, contestants must submit essays describing the community service projects they will undertake if chosen as winner.

The winner and the runners-up will take part in the city’s celebration in October of Founders Day, which will mark the 40th anniversary of San Luis becoming a city.

For more information, contestants can visit www.sanluisaz.gov/pageant or call the city’s cultural center, 928-341-8538.

Entry forms to compete are available at the cultural center, 965 Park Ave.

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