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Little Miss SpringFest title awarded to Jayla Solis

Enduring the heat and awaiting the crowning of Sunnyside's Little Miss SpringFest this past Sunday were 21 little girls.

The girls were contestants in the newly organized pageant, which was created by Sunnyside's Miss Cinco de Mayo court.

The court devised the pageant for the purpose of helping promote community spirit and service to St. Joseph's Catholic Church.

The candidates sold raffle tickets for the church and raised a total of $6,940 to benefit church activities and religious education programs.

Parents assisted the young ladies in selling the raffle tickets and the Miss Cinco de Mayo court members helped the youngsters exceed prior sales throughout the three weeks leading up to SpringFest events.

Each of the youngsters stood on stage while a list of their ages, favorite colors, favorite television program and future goals was read in both Spanish and English for those who attended the pageant.

Miss Cinco de Mayo advisor Rosalinda Alvarez said she felt the pageant was very successful.

"We didn't realize how many candidates there would be," she stated, saying support for the girls was more than could be hoped for.

Alvarez and her daughter, Amy Rubio, both stated they hope to make the pageant a tradition.

The Little Miss SpringFest crown went to 4-year-old Jayla Solis. Sylvia Alvarez, Kimberly Calva and Esmi Cerda were each named Little Miss SpringFest princesses.

Each of the contestants were presented a medallion and a rose. The court members were crowned and provided with sashes.

"You are all impressive and you are all winners," announced Father Ricardo.

Jennie McGhan/Daily Sun News

Sunnyside Miss Cinco de Mayo princess Daniela Ramos (background) watches as Little Miss SpringFest candidate Esmi Cerda struts across the stage at Sunday's Little Miss SpringFest Pageant.

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