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New Miss SCV royalty crowned

Little Miss SCV, Miss Teen SCV, Miss SCV and Mrs. SCV earn titles

Posted: May 20, 2009 4:09 p.m.
Updated: May 21, 2009 4:55 a.m.

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The 29th annual Miss SCV Scholarship Program honored its outgoing royal court — Little Miss SCV Audrey Hixon, Miss Teen SCV Kimberly Petot, Miss SCV Hope Morrice, Ms. SCV Amanda Wasvary and Mrs. SCV Kendra Quiros — on Friday as the retiring queens passed on their crowns to their successors.

The Plaza Banquet hall in Newhall was decorated in an Oriental motif of red and black which suited the pageant theme of “China Dolls.”

Attendees dined on Chinese food at tables decorated with fans, Chinese lanterns and red chopsticks.

It was early Saturday morning when the pageant ended for the 25 contestants who competed for the Little Miss SCV, Miss Teen SCV, Miss SCV and Mrs. SCV Regional Queen titles. In addition, the pageant also crowned a bevy of community queens, princesses, Miss Spirit and Miss Photogenic winners.

The 2009 Little Miss SCV is Collette Heydari, 11. She is a student at Mountainview Elementary School.

Little Miss SCV First Princess and Miss Photogenic is Treslei Rosale, 9. She is a student at Cedar Creek Elementary School.

Aurora Santana-Garcia, 10, was named Little Miss SCV Second Princess and Little Miss SCV Spirit. She is a student at Meadows Elementary School.

The 2009 Miss Teen SCV regional queen is Amanda Larsson-Dally. She is a student at Canyon High School. Larsson-Dally holds citizenship in both the United States and Sweden. Her future plans include a career as a broadcast journalist.

The Miss Teen SCV community queen court includes:

Miss Teen Canyon Country Dannay Rodriguez. The Canyon High School student also captured the title of Miss Teen SCV Spirit. This is the third year she has won the crown of Miss Teen Canyon Country.

Two community queens will represent Newhall. Kelsie Leach and Melanie Stephenson will share the title of Miss Teen Newhall. Leach attends Hart High School where she is a cheerleader. Stephenson attends Rancho Pico Junior High School.

Miss Teen Saugus is Michelle Vargas. She attends Canyon High School and plans to become a nurse.

Miss Teen Stevenson Ranch is Caitlin Moody. She is a student at Hart High School. Moody was previously Miss Teen SCV Spirit and also is a member of an elite grand champion horse team.

Miss Teen Valencia is Meghan Reza. She attends Hart High School and is involved with the Associated Student Body government.

Kaitlyn McGee was named Miss Teen SCV Photogenic. She was formerly a Little Miss Canyon Country and Miss Teen SCV Spirit.
McGee is a student at Canyon High School.

Also competing in the Miss Teen SCV pageant were Kiera Carroll and Tricia Ngoon. Carroll is a student at West Ranch High School. Ngoon is a student at Hart High School.

Nicole Steinfeld, 18, was named the 2009 Miss SCV. She is a student at Canyon High School and plans to attend California State University, Northridge. She previously was Miss Canyon Country 2008.

The Miss SCV community queens included:

Ceidre Smith, 18, was named Miss Canyon Country. She is a student at Canyon High School.

Emily Chetner, 22, will reign a second consecutive time as Miss Newhall. She is a student at College of the Canyons.

Kimberly Patrick, 18, was named Miss Saugus. She was previously Miss Teen Saugus 2008.

Kristy Bovasso, 18, was named Miss Stevenson Ranch. She plans to attend College of the Canyons.

Melissa Perlstein, 20, was named Miss Valencia. She is a student at College of the Canyons.

Shaina Thygesen, 18, was named Miss SCV Photogenic. She is a student at Canyon High School.

Kathryn Barron, 20, was named Miss SCV Spirit. She is a student at College of the Canyons and plans on becoming a nurse.

Also competing in the Miss SCV pageant were Dawn Hull and Cierra Morgan. Hull, 18, is a student at Canyon High School. Morgan, 18, is a student at Valencia High School.

The 2009 Mrs. SCV is Anna Higgins. She is a stay-at-home mom and a volunteer with the SCV Senior Center and SCV Homeless Shelter. Higgins holds a B.S. degree in family studies and hopes to pursue a Master’s degree and PhD. She also was named Mrs. SCV Photogenic and tied with Mrs. SCV First Princess Diane Kimball for Mrs. SCV Spirit.

Kimball, Mrs. SCV First Princess, holds a B.S. degree from California State University, Northridge in family and consumer sciences.

She plans to return to school to earn a Master’s in interior design.

The pageant was emceed by Lindahl Lucas and Miss Teen SCV 2007 Kirsten Garlitos.

Contestants were judged on community service (two to eight hours depending on age), personal interview, health and fitness, speech, evening gown and formal wear.

Tributes to the outgoing royal court included a video showing events from the past year for each retiring regional queen.

Each queen also was able to take her final walk down the runway as Pageant Director Mardi Rivetti commented on each queen’s contributions to the community during the past year.

Queens and princesses from the Miss SCV program represent the SCV during a variety of activities during the year selling raffle tickets at nonprofit fundraisers and attending SCV Chamber of Commerce ribbon cuttings, grand openings and appearing in the annual Fourth of July parade hosted by the SCV Fourth of July parade committee. The program also offers scholarships to participants as well as a mentor program for young women in community involvement.

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