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Miss SNPJ Pageant

Due to the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, Slovenefest and the Miss SNPJ Pageant have been canceled this year.

Congratulations to Miss SNPJ 2020
DANIELLA VOLPE and her court!

(Euclid, Ohio, Lodge 158) [center]

SNPJ Miss Talent and SNPJ Miss Fraternalism 2020
(Strabane, Pa., Lodge 138) [left]

SNPJ Miss Activity 2020 MALLORY LAMOVEC 
(Euclid, Ohio, Lodge 158) [right]


Since the first crowning at the National SNPJ Days celebration held in Chicago back in 1956, SNPJ young women have competed for the title of Miss SNPJ and the honor of representing SNPJ as the Society’s “Ambassador of Good Will” during the year of her reign. The crowning of Miss SNPJ is one of the highlights of Slovenefest, a three-day cultural festival held each year at the SNPJ Recreation Center.

The 64th Miss SNPJ Pageant will be held the weekend of
July 10-12, 2020, during the 39th Slovenefest at the
SNPJ Recreation Center.


An independent panel of judges awards the title of Miss SNPJ to the contestant receiving the most points during the pageant, based cumulatively on several criteria, including appearance in an evening gown, personality and communication skills, community service, and talent.  Participation in the talent competition, while not required, is strongly encouraged. Talent doesn’t necessarily mean proficiency on a musical instrument or singing ability; award-winning talents have ranged from arts and crafts to poetry. Creativity is encouraged – everybody has a talent!

Contestants are also asked a variety of questions that may focus on current affairs, the Slovene National Benefit Society, or their life ambitions. The SNPJ Executive Committee will award points for activity within SNPJ. Additionally, the titles of SNPJ Miss Talent and SNPJ Miss Activity will be awarded from individual categories, and the pageant contestants will select the winner of the SNPJ Miss Fraternalism title. 

Terms, Conditions & Awards

Eligible participants must be female, single, between the ages of 18 and 28 by July 10, 2020, and a member of SNPJ for at least three months. The young woman who is crowned Miss SNPJ will win a $2,000 scholarship award and an official crown, banner, and trophy. She will also have the opportunity to travel and represent SNPJ at a variety of activities.

The winner of the Miss Activity title will be awarded $1,200, Miss Talent will win $800, and Miss Fraternalism will be awarded $150. All pageant contestants will receive a $50 participation award.


Besides the cost of a gown and incidental expenses, the pageant costs nothing! Transportation to the Miss SNPJ Pageant is paid for by SNPJ, as are the expenses for lodging and meals.

If you are interested in entering the Miss SNPJ Pageant, contact the SNPJ Home Office at 1-800-843-7675 or e-mail

Miss SNPJ 2020

Miss SNPJ 2020 DANIELLA VOLPE is a member of SNPJ Lodge 158 in Euclid, Ohio. She is the daughter of Greg and Gina Volpe (158), and the granddaughter of Josephine and the late Frank Minella, and the late Harold and Alma Volpe.

A lifelong member of Loyalties Lodge 158, Daniella has participated in Youth Roundup, the TEL Workshop, and the Young Adult Conference. She has attended Slovenefest and many Memorial Day and Labor Day celebrations at the SNPJ Recreation Center and attended her first SNPJ National Convention last year.

Daniella currently handles publicity for Lodge 158 and serves as one of two Lodge correspondents for the Cleveland Athletic League. She is an avid volunteer for Lodge 158 activities, as well as many other local and national SNPJ events, including the National Bowling Tournament.

A former member of SNPJ Youth Circle 2, Daniella has attended numerous Button Box Bashes, and she continues to help with concessions. She enjoys attending the annual Slovene Heritage Night at the Lake County Captains baseball games and volunteering at the SNPJ Farm in Kirtland, Ohio, where you can find her working in the kitchen during Sunday picnics or helping out with the upkeep of the grounds. She also attends SNPJ Farm Board meetings every year.

During high school, she was a member of the color guard and a four-year varsity swimmer while graduating with a 3.5 GPA. She attended the University of Toledo for three years, where she participated in the University of Toledo Rocket Marching Band. She was also a member of the Phoenix Independent Winterguard for two years.

Daniella currently attends Lakeland Community College and is working toward an associate’s degree in business management and marketing. When she isn’t working, studying, or attending SNPJ events, she volunteers at local pet shelters and church soup kitchens. She also loves spending time with family and friends.