Miss St. Francis wins a $3,000.00 scholarship to the college of her choice, an official local crown, flowers, scepter, and many other prizes.  She competes in the Miss Wisconsin pageant in Oshkosh in June and spends a year representing her title at local events.

The Miss St. Francis Scholarship Program, in keeping with the Miss America philosophy of assisting college-bound young women, awards a scholarship to every contestant.  The Miss St. Francis Scholarship Program has cultivated a large base of community support through its local businesses, government and citizens.  Miss St. Francis enjoys many appearance opportunities throughout her year of service and promotes her platform throughout the area.  Some appearances include addressing the City Council, Lions Club events, St. Francis Days, and many others.

The Miss Wisconsin pageant offers additional opportunities to win scholarship money in various categories including talent, swimsuit, evening gown, academic achievement, community service, Spirit of Miss America, and Glady Award (congeniality).  Each local representative spends a week in Oshkosh rehearsing, making local appearances and competing for the coveted crown of Miss Wisconsin.  The Miss Wisconsin pageant is streamed live on the internet through three nights of local and final competition.


Gina Miliacca
Miss St. Francis 2016
$3,000 Scholarship and $100 Memorial Award
Platform:  Scoliosis:  Research, Awareness and Support


Gina Miliacca was awarded the following scholarships at the Miss Wisconsin pageant held June 20-25, 2016 in Oshkosh, WI.:
3rd Runner-Up ($800), Preliminary Talent ($500), Health & Science Award ($250), Rookie Talent Award ($250), and Overall Rookie Award ($300) for a total of $2,100.  This is in addition to the $3,100 in scholarships she was awarded at the Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant.
The 2017 Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant will be held on February 4, 2017.  Interested participants may contact Diane Czeszak at MSFpageant@aol.com for more information.

1st Runner-Up:  Kayla Knuth ($1,500 Scholarship; $100 George P. George Congeniality, $100 Pageant Promotion Award (Tickets))
2nd Runner-Up:  Sarah Bittner ($1,000 Scholarship, $100 Pageant Promotion Award (Tickets))


Miss St. Francis for 2016 is Gina Miliacca

$8,000 in cash scholarships were awarded to the six participants at the 52nd annual Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant, held on Saturday, March 12, 2016, at St. Thomas More HS Auditorium.  Vocalist for the program was Elyse (Wojciechowski) Scheeler, Miss St. Francis 2008, and serving as the emcee was Michelle (Smukowski) Becker, Miss St. Francis 2005.

Gina is the daughter of Mark and Rachel Miliacca of Oak Creek, succeeded Rachael Obst as Miss St. Francis 2016.  Gina captured the judges scores and audience attention with her exciting baton twirling presentation with three baton juggling to “Jailhouse Rock” in the talent competition.  She was sponsored by the St. Francis Brewery and awarded a $3,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.  She also received gift and services package from From Hair On salon (Ceil Schwalbach, owner), $600 wardrobe allowance, and a Wild Workouts and Wellness gift package from owner Amber Budahn (Miss St. Francis 1999.  Gina was also selected by the Miss St. Francis support staff to receive the $100 Memorial award scholarship.  In 2015 Gina was 1st runner–up to Miss St. Francis.

The 2016 program included a special Princess program for young girls 5-12 years old.  Cathy Berndt (mother of Andrea Bender, Miss St. Francis 2006) hosted the event.  The six young ladies were treated to games, special back stage access, crowned on stage and accompanied the Miss contestants in their final introduction prior to the awards presentations.

Gina will represent the St. Francis and surrounding communities at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant June 19-26, in Oshkosh, WI and at area public events throughout the year.  Her chosen personal platform “Scoliosis: Research, Awareness and Support” stems from her personal diagnosis and treatment of the disease as a child.

1st Runner up and winner of a $1,500 scholarship was Kayla Knuth from Oak Creek, sponsored by St. Francis Dental Center.  Kayla also was awarded an additional $200 in scholarships for being selected as the Congeniality winner by her peers and Pageant Promotion for highest ad sales.  Sarah Bittner of  St. Francis, sponsored by PDQ Tooling was named 2nd Runner Up, awarded a $1,000 scholarship in addition to the $100 Pageant Promotion ticket sales award.

All other contestants were awarded a $500 scholarship, they were Jasmine Chen-Smith (Bay View) sponsored by St. Francis Days, Danielle Gosline (Bay View), sponsored by Allied Industries, Erin Williams (St. Francis) sponsored by Advance Products.

Duplicate $200 Robert R. Freimuth Non-Finalist Talent Award scholarships were awarded for the tie in the highest talent score among non-finalists to Danielle Gosline and Erin Williams.  Jasmine Chen Smith was awarded a $200 scholarship as the Alyce L. Freimuth Non-Finalist Interview winner.

Miss St. Francis is available to participate in community events and activities by contacting the Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant Co-Executive Directors, David Goltz or Steve Hecker.

PHOTO CREDITS:  DTR Photography – Don Rask


a. To be eligible to compete in the Miss St. Francis Pageant, a contestant may qualify by either living (previous one year from the date of the orientation); or, working full-time (previous one year from the date of the orientation); or, by attending school full-time in the cities of St. Francis, Cudahy, South Milwaukee, Oak
Creek or the 53207 Zip Code area of Milwaukee.
b. She may not have been a previous Miss St. Francis who participated in the Miss Wisconsin competition.
c. She may not have been a previous State Finalist who competed in the National Finals of the Miss America Pageant.
d. She must also be at least 17 years old by the date of the local pageant and a High School graduate by June of this year, and no more than 24 years old on December 31st of this year.
e. She must be a US citizen and hold a valid driver’s license.
f. She must attend a minimum of one-half of the scheduled rehearsals to be eligible for scholarship awards.
g. She must secure a minimum of $100 in donations to the Miss America National Charity – Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
h. A contestant must be of good moral character and never been involved in any act of moral turpitude; never performed any act or engaged in any activity or employment that is or could reasonable be characterized as dishonest, immoral or indecent; never been, or is not now pregnant; never have been married, or had a marriage annulled; never been convicted of any criminal offense or have no criminal charges pending; may not use or consume any illegal controlled dangerous substances or abuse the use of alcohol or other dangerous substances.

Diane Czeszak, Contestant Coordinator
Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant
H: 414-481-0511
4452 S. Adams Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53207

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