Thoughtful girl behind the title

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IT’S been a whirlwind year for Alice Czyz since taking the Miss Scarborough 2010 title in June last year. The 22-year-old has had to balance life in the local spotlight opening fayres, attending business events, community functions and taking part in charity events all whilst studying for a business degree at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus. But it’s something she says she’d happily do all over again.

IT’S been a whirlwind year for Alice Czyz since taking the Miss Scarborough 2010 title in June last year. The 22-year-old has had to balance life in the local spotlight opening fayres, attending business events, community functions and taking part in charity events all whilst studying for a business degree at the University of Hull, Scarborough Campus. But it’s something she says she’d happily do all over again.

WHEN I meet Alice she’s infectiously upbeat and really quite cheery for someone who’s just been outside on Scarborough’s cliff tops, posing for photos in little more than swimwear.

The 2011/12 Miss Scarborough competition was launched last month, and the only thing the Birmingham born student laments is having to hand over her crown come May.

“I don’t want to lose it, I want to be Miss Scarborough for ever,” she laughs. “I’ve enjoyed it so much. Even for the photo shoot, it was freezing cold, windy, I was standing in a bikini, but it was so much fun.”

Alice is now in her final year at university and although involved with this year’s pageant, she’ll soon be handing over her title to a new successor, but there’s plenty she’s learnt that she’ll take with her.

She said: “It’s been up and down, it’s been very fun, I’ve had lots of different experiences and met loads of lovely and interesting people. But it’s not only what I’ve done, it’s how I’ve changed as well.

“Being Miss Scarborough you have to be confident in yourself, you have to be able to speak to people whether it’s a milkman or the CEO of a company. That’s something that I’ve really learnt.

“And because of the support I’ve had from everyone around me that’s also boosted my confidence in myself, I feel that I can do anything.”

Having been entered in the regional heats by her mother and sister, Alice said she was at first dubious about taking part, but once on stage in the final, she desired the title and now relishes all that comes with it.

“The reception I’ve had from the Scarborough locals, every single person has been so welcoming, kind and helpful,” said Alice. “They’ve given me confidence to believe that I really can represent such a nice place and be proud to represent Scarborough.”

As well as representing engineering company Unison at the MACH 2010 conference and cutting the ribbon at events such as Seamer Fayre and the British Heart Foundation store, Alice has also taken part in an Alzheimer’s Society charity walk, charity bike ride for Ellie’s Fund and organised a charity auction raising over £500 for Miss England chosen national charity, the Children’s Variety Club.

Alice said: “When I open events, I like to make a day of it, just to get involved and chat with people and see what’s happening, who they’re raising money for and how.

“Charity work has been my favourite, because I like giving back and I like to think making an appearance is going to get more people involved and donating. I will miss doing the events and being able to meet people that really interest me.”

On May 15 a new Miss Scarborough will be crowned at the Spa, the fourth since the competition’s revival in 2008, and Alice has some words of advice for the winner.

She said: “This is only a year of my life so I wanted to make the most of it. I’m very proud of myself for it; I’ve put in a lot of effort and I think when I look back I’ll think I’m really glad I did.

“Whoever wins this time around is going to be very lucky, because I feel very lucky and completely privileged to have been given this opportunity.

“It’s a great opportunity to build up some really good, personal qualities, even if you don’t have them to start with, you can develop them.

“I’d really recommend it to anyone; with Miss Scarborough 2010 all the girls said they learnt a lot and enjoyed the experience even not winning, it was really valuable.

“To the next Miss Scarborough; clear the schedule, you’re going to be busy! But just enjoy it and say yes to as much as you can.

“My advice would be to be yourself, that’s the main thing. Be genuine to people and you will gain their respect and build up your status as Miss Scarborough as a respected person and a role model people can look up to rather than just a face.

“There is a personality behind the title and I think that is something that’s extremely important.”

Alice is still available to attend events and open functions, if you would like to book Miss Scarborough please contact Melissa Chapman on 07702811808.

- Do you think you can become the next Miss Scarborough? Find out who’s in the running for this year’s competition and how to enter in the Evening News later this week.