DADE CITY — Amanda Smith of Dade City, a former Pasco High School graduate, won the Miss Pennsylvania title Saturday and will compete in the Miss America Pageant in Atlantic City in September.
Smith is a student at Carnegie Mellon College in Pittsburgh, where she is beginning her junior year.
Smith said in an interview Tuesday that she was surprised at her win.
“I went in [the pageant] just for fun,” she said, “then I won preliminary evening gown and talent and on Friday I was named in the top 10.”
Smith, 21, who graduated in 2011 from Pasco High, won the Miss Pasco County Pageant that same year and participated in the Miss Florida Pageant.
Smith had won the Miss Southwestern Pennsylvania title to qualify for the Miss Pennsylvania pageant.
Growing up in Dade City, Smith was a member of Alison Graham’s Showstoppers show choirs and Arts In Motion community youth theater.
Smith is the second woman from the Dade City area to compete for Miss America in recent years. Shannon Schambeau-Patterson of San Antonio competed in the 2006 Miss America Pageant as Miss District of Columbia where she came in fourth runner-up.