Madison Zavitz was crowned Miss Osceola at last Saturday’s scholarship competition at the Osceola County Fair.
With the honor comes a $1,500 scholarship and the opportunity to represent the Kissimmee Valley Livestock Show and Osceola County Fair for a year. She said it’s been a whirlwind already.
“It’s been a busy week at the Fair, but so far it’s been incredible,” Zavitz said Wednesday night. “Everyone’s been so welcoming, and so many people’s faces light up when they see the crown and the sash. I’m looking forward to finding as many volunteer opportunities.”
“I’ve already got my new boots, and I love them,” she said.
After singing “The Girl in 14G” by Jeanine Tesori and Dick Scanlan written for and best known being performed by Kristin Chenoweth, in the talent portion of Saturday’s competition, she was awarded the crown by 2019 Miss Osceola, Kylie Blakely. Zavitz, who will be 25 on Saturday, also earned the People’s Choice Award.
Madison’s Social Impact Initiative — Shine a Light Center Stage: Putting the Spotlight on the Performing Arts, gives students the opportunity to learn about all facets of theatre, music, and dance. Thanks to her performing background, her platform stresses the importance of including the arts in state funding.
The Miss Osceola Pageant is a preliminary pageant for the Miss Florida and Miss America pageants. Zavitz competed for Miss Florida last year as Miss Apopka, and Miss Swan City in 2018, and will compete in her third Miss Florida pageant in Lakeland in mid-June alongside her sister Kelty, Miss Pasco.
Zavitz has been singing and dancing across the stages of Central Florida since age three, including appearing at Osceola Arts. She performed internationally with the 30th Anniversary Broadway Tour of Annie for two years. She is a recent graduate of Bowling Green State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and specializations in Musical Theatre and Acting and Directing. She was selected as a 2017 Technical and Artistic intern with The House of Dancing Water in Macau, China, and now performs all over the Wizarding World of Harry Potter as a singer and dancer at Universal Studios.
Seritta Norige was named First Runner-Up last Saturday, and Lauren Karwoski was Second Runner Up.