For the first time since 1961, Miss Puerto Rico will be competing in the Miss America Pageant in January 2010, informs the Miss America Organization today (April 22). The 2010 Miss America Pageant will showcase 53 beauties live on TLC from Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
“We are truly excited to welcome Puerto Rico back to the Miss America Organization and are thrilled to have Miss Puerto Rico competing this year,” said Art McMaster, president and CEO of the Miss America Organization. “The Miss Puerto Rico Organization has a tremendous amount of pageant expertise and business savvy, and will surely thrive as part of the Miss America program.”
The Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program will be headed by executive director, Joselo Sostre, who is joined by vice president, Arlette Velez; secretary, Darwin Cabrera; fashion designer, Steven Rosengard, and veteran choreographer, Brett DeBeaulieu.
Similar to the states, District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands, the Miss Puerto Rico Scholarship Program will provide scholarship awards to program participants and will hold an annual competition.
The winner will proceed to the national competition as Miss Puerto Rico. The Miss Puerto Rico Competition will be held in Caguas, Puerto Rico with the winner being crowned on Saturday night, July 18 by Miss America 2009 Katie Stam.
Photo courtesy: Miss America Organization