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.


Kayla Knuth
Miss St. Francis 2017
$3,000 Scholarship, $100 Pageant Promotion Award, and $100 Memorial Award
Platform:  Create your own reason.  Pay it forward, Volunteer Style

2018 Miss St. Francis Pageant:  Saturday, February 10, 2018
7:00 p.m.
St. Thomas More High School
2601 East Morgan Avenue
St. Francis, WI  53235

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$7,000 in cash scholarships was awarded to the five participants at the 53rd annual Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant, held on Saturday, February 4th, 2017, at St. Thomas More HS Auditorium.  Emcee and vocalist for the program was Elyse (Wojciechowski) Scheeler, Miss St. Francis 2008.  Pinch hitting as emcee when Michelle (Smukowski) Becker fell ill was Andrea (Berndt) Bender, Miss St. Francis 2006.  Special guest vocalists also helped to fill the void, St. Francis Mayor CoryAnn St. Marie-Carls (Miss St. Francis 1986) and Tris Withington, Miss St. Francis 1984.

History was made as Kayla and her mother MaryEllen (George) Knuth are the first mother daughter titleholders for Miss St. Francis.  MaryEllen was Miss St. Francis in 1982. 

Kayla succeeded Gina Miliacca as Miss St. Francis 2017.  Kayla captured the judges scores and audience attention with her exciting gymnastics performance to “Try Everything” during the talent competition.  She was sponsored by the Allied Industries and awarded a $3,000 scholarship to the school of her choice.  Kayla also receives a 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).  Kayla received the $100 pageant promotion award for selling the most tickets and was selected by the Miss St. Francis support staff to receive the $100 Memorial award scholarship.  In 2016 Kayla was First Runner-up to Miss St. Francis.

Kayla will represent the St. Francis and surrounding communities at the Miss Wisconsin Pageant June 11-18, in Oshkosh, WI and at area public events throughout the year as the St. Francis City Ambassador.  Her chosen personal platform is “Create your own reason. Pay it Forward, Volunteer Style”.

The 2017 program included a special Princess program for young girls 5-12 years old.  Cathy Berndt (mother of Andrea Bender) hosted the event with assistance from Cecilia Margraff, Miss St. Francis 2013.  The four 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.

Sarah Bittner from St. Francis was named 1st Runner up and winner of a $1,500 scholarship.  Bittner was sponsored by sponsored by St. Francis Civic Association and was Second Runner-up in 2016.

All other contestants were each awarded a $500 scholarship, they were Morgan Ellis (Milwaukee) sponsored by PDQ Tooling, Natalie Haberman  (St. Francis), sponsored by Advance Products Co. and Erin Krueger (St. Francis) sponsored by St. Francis Dental Center.

Erin Krueger was presented with two additional $100 scholarships for most ad sales and the George P. George Miss Congeniality award voted on by her fellow contestants.

Duplicate $200 Robert R. Freimuth Non-Finalist Talent Award scholarships were awarded for the tie in the highest talent score among non-finalists to Morgan Ellis for her tap dance and to Natalie Haberman for her comedic monologue.  Morgan Ellis also 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.



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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