The combined 2013-14 Miss Mabton and Little Miss Mabton royalty includes (front row L-R) Little Miss Mabton Jessalyn Jalifi and Little Miss Mabton First Princess Lily Villa, (back row L-R) Miss Mabton Second Princess Araceli Velasquez, Miss Mabton First Princess Angela Martinez and Miss Mabton Esperanza Leon. The two pageants were held last Friday night at the Mabton School District Learning Center.
MABTON- The cute and the talented, the adorable and the poised all serve to describe the candidates who competed in the 2013-14 Miss Mabton and Little Miss Mabton pageants held this last Friday night.
The pageants, held in the Mabton School District's Learning Center, were packed with family, friends and visiting royalty all waiting to see who would be proclaimed the first Miss Mabton since 2008.
The talented and poised Esperanza Leon, 16, earned the title and the stunning Miss Mabton crown. She was presented her crown from 2008 Miss Mabton Marianna Villa.
Leon, who also earned the Most Photogenic Award, is the daughter of Rigoberto and Manuela Leon of Mabton. For her talent, the young woman sang "Quiero Emborracharme."
Her court will be First Princess Angela Martinez, 17, and Second Princess Araceli Velasquez, 17. Velasquez was chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.
During the Miss Mabton talent portion of the evening Martinez danced a jazz number to "Let's Get Loud." Velasquez also chose to do a dance number to "A Little Party Never Killed Anybody."
Martinez is the daughter of Daniel and Rebecca Martinez, and Velasquez is the daughter of Edgar and Licha Velasquez.
The cute and adorable best describe Jessalyn Jalifi, 7, and Lily Villa, 9, the two candidates who vied for the Little Miss Mabton title.
In the Little Miss contest it was Jalifi who prevailed, earning the top votes from the pageant judges. Villa is her princess.
Jalifi sang "Blown Away" for the talent portion of the pageant and Villa sang "La Bamba."
Jalifi was presented her crown by retiring Little Miss Mabton Nevaeh Rodriguez.
Jalifi is the daughter of Maggie Valencia and Jaime Jalifi. Villa, the daughter of Enrique and Kim Villa, was presented her crown by retiring Little Miss Mabton first princess Makaila Mendoza and Little Miss Royalty Analyssa Maldonado.
For their first official act as the new Miss Mabton royalty, the combined courts hosted a royalty luncheon last Saturday following their first official Mabton Community Day Parade.