Nina Sampogne, 11, of Waverly has been named a state finalist in the National American Miss Pageant to be held in Harrisburg in August. She was chosen as a finalist based on academic achievement, community involvement and extra-curricular activities.
Nina qualified for the national pageant last year held in California in the Jr. Pre-teen division. She finished in the top 5 percent of the pageant, winning talent and actress trophies and the Outstanding Program Participation award.
She will compete this year in the Pre-teen category and participate in the Interview, Evening Gown and Talent competitions. She will also present her essay entitled “A Defining Moment In history” for the spokesmodel competition.
Every year, Nina chooses a non-profit organization for which she raises funds as part of her community involvement. This year, Nina chose the Griffen Pond Animal Shelter in South Abington Township.
Nina has modeled since the age of four and has represented many companies, including Ralph Lauren, Toyota Motor Corporation and McCarthy Tires. She is a five time Regional PTA Reflections winner in the category of musical composition and has studied piano for five years under the direction of Abington Piano Academy.
She also studies ballet, tap and jazz at the Abington Heights Civic League dance academy and is a straight A student in the Abington Heights Middle School.
She resides with her parents, Vito and Laura Dargatis Sampogne and her brother, Michael.