Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Meet scholarship pageant contestant Alexis Newkirk.

Four young ladies will compete Friday evening for the title of Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest during the 23rd Annual Route 66 Summerfest celebration. Last year’s winners, Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley, will crown the new Miss Route 66 and Miss Summerfest at the Rolla Downtown Bandshell located on the corner of 9th and Oak Streets. Along with various gifts, Miss Summerfest will receive a $500 scholarship and Miss Route 66 will receive a $750 scholarship. These scholarships have been provided with the support of Brewer Science, Metro Business College, Phelps County Bank, Brant Shockley Attorney at Law, NaCi+H2O Seafood Cuisine, and DisOrderly Conduct.

Contestant #2 - Alexis LaShay Newkirk, who is also known as a professional princess Moana, will be a senior at Rolla High School. She is an outgoing, hardworking, individual, with a focus on graduating with her EMT license. Alexis is an active member of HOSA and a volunteer coach for Optimist basketball. She loves being involved in her community and working with kids. After graduation, Alexis plans to attend Rolla Technical College and become a certified surgical technician. Then later, getting her RN/BSN. Her future goal is to become a plastic surgeon, to make everyone feel better about themselves not only on the inside, but out. She says, “you can always follow what you set your mind to do—your only limit is you.”

Friday’s festivities, start at 4 p.m., with a classic car display at the St. James Veteran’s Home, followed by a “cruise in” to Rolla. Marissa McCall and Gabrielle Townley will arrive with the contestants during this parade of vintage vehicles before the pageant kicks off at 6:30 p.m. Contestants will be interviewed Thursday afternoon and be judged on public speaking, formal wear, and on stage questions Friday evening.  
This annual June event originally began to promote downtown Rolla, however, it has evolved into an area wide celebration for all ages to promote old Route 66 and the beginning of summer. For more information and a full listing of events visit the Summerfest website at www.route66summerfest.com.