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Miss Virginia 'Comes Home to Centreville'

This year's Centreville Day festivities will be spearheaded by Miss Virginia 2006, Adrianna Sgarlata, 23, with a singing of the National Anthem and other performances through mid morning. The event takes place Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. in Centreville's Historic District, located at the intersection of Braddock and Mt. Gilead roads.

SGARLATA WILL culminate her visit with a ribbon-cutting of the new Civil War trail sign at the Old Stone Church. She will also do meet and greet and have autograph signings.

For Sgarlata's platform, she challenges society to take a proactive role in eradicating a pervasive culture of harassment and violence.

In her platform, "Behaving Respectfully and Valuing Others," she advocates for bullying awareness and anti-bullying legislation.

As the director of Bully Police USA — Virginia, a non-profit watch-dog organization advocating on behalf of bullied children, she was instrumental in the passing of two anti-bullying laws during the 2005 Virginia legislative session.

A gifted soprano, Sgarlata has been a member of the George Mason University Chamber Singers, George Mason University Symphonic Singers, and has been the featured soloist several times with performances including Faure's "Pie Jesu" from the "Faure Requiem," Handel's "Come Unto Him" from the "Messiah," and solo's from Bernstein's "Mass."

She has given a recital of spirituals in St. Moritz, Switzerland, and has been a guest soloist with the Good Time Singers of St. Moritz, Switzerland.

Sgarlata is also a four-time state finalist and two-time first-place winner in the annual National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Voice Competition, as well as the first-place winner of the Mid-Atlantic regional NATS competition for the Junior Women category.

She received her undergraduate degree from George Mason University and is currently a graduate student in the masters of music program, pursuing her master's in vocal performance. She represented Arlington in the Miss Virginia pageant.