First Posted: 1/5/2015
Nina Sampogne, 12, of Waverly, was recently named Miss Pennsylvania International Junior Miss Preteen at the Crowne Plaza in Monroe, New Jersey.
The International Junior Miss Scholarship Program was organized to encourage positive achievement by helping to develop and strengthen self-awareness in youth and the young women of today.
Sampogne also won the talent, actress, community service and “Best in Class” competitions and finished “First Runner up” in casual wear modeling.
She is a seventh-grade honor student at the Abington Heights Middle School. She has been studying piano for six years and had the honor of playing Carnegie Hall last spring. She also studies ballet, tap and jazz at the Abington Heights Civic League, plays the saxophone and was recently awarded the Presidents Volunteer Service Award.
She has been volunteering in the area since the age of 8. Some of her favorite organizations are The American Cancer Society, Friends of the Poor and the Children’s Advocacy Center, where she sponsored her own fundraiser “70’s for the Center,” raising hundreds of dollars and bags of clothing, toys and toiletries for the CAC.
Sampogne also holds the title of USA Ambassador Miss Pennsylvania Preteen. She competed at Nationals in Tampa, Florida last June and finished third runner-up in the country.
She will compete at the National International Junior Miss Scholarship Pageant this July in Virginia Beach, Virginia where she will compete against girls from across the United States, Hawaii, Australia, Bahamas and Canada.
Sampogne resides in Waverly with her parents, Laura and Vito; her brother, Michael; and her cat, Bacon. Her grandparents are Ann Rebar, of Throop; Helen Sampogne, of Clarks Summit; and Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dargatis, of Scranton.