Beauty and brains: Q & A with Jocelyn Gruber, Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen 2010

Publication: POINT PARK NEWS SERVICE

Publication date: October 6, 2010

By Faith Cotter

In 2010, 17 year old Jocelyn Gruber participated in and won the title of Miss Pennsylvania Outstanding Teen, a scholarship pageant that recognizes achievement in its participants and awards its winners with funds for college. On Saturday, September 24, Gruber set out to Moraine State Park with a crown on her head and a smile on her face to help host the Smashmouth concert at Campaganza, ready to talk first photo shoots, camping, and self esteem in an interview backstage.

Q: How did you get involved in all this beauty pageant stuff?

A: I was forced into it by my parents and the local director, but on stage I fell in love with it.

Q: So self esteem is a huge problem amongst girls and even grown women. How are you going to use your win to positively impact that problem?

A: Well, I’m here as a beauty queen but I start with my own self image, which is what it’s all about. I’m not gonna lie and say we’re all perfect and equal (in terms of physical aesthetics), but I will say that self esteem is about how you see and accept yourself and what you can do for others.

Q: How many times have you been asked that question?

A: None! Can you believe it?

Q: No. People are horrible, aren’t they?

A: (Laughing) Yeah, I guess so.

Q: What was your first photo shoot like? Where was it at?

A: At Nationals, during the Miss America in Nashville-it was amazing. I sat there having a team of people working on us, putting cameras in our faces, telling us to look fierce. It was great. It was just like a scene out of America’s Next Top Model.

Q: Have you ever done the camping thing before?

A: Does my backyard count?

Q: Sure, why not. What was that like?

A: It was nice, all the stars and everything. I just have an aversion to port a johns and using the bathroom outside, but that’s really the only thing I mind about it.

Q: What do you hope to do with your win? With your academic life?

A: I want to motivate others to get involved. The best thing you can do is be of service to others. My two brothers are in the military so it hits close to home. Right now I’m a senior in high school and I want to be a guidance counselor and possibly a creative writing major. Maybe. We’ll see.

W. Ben TownePhoto by W. Ben Towne
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~ by Faith Cotter on 10/08/2010.

 
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