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Mariana Villa, Caitlin Escoto earn Mabton crowns

MABTON - Mariana Villa was named Miss Mabton and Caitlin Escoto was awarded the Little Miss Mabton crown at Mabton High School last Friday.

A total of 12 candidates performed on stage and exhibited poise at the Miss Mabton and Little Miss Mabton pageants, nine of whom were competing for the Miss Mabton title.

Those in attendance were treated to the Little Miss Mabton candidates dancing to "Lollipop." The Miss Mabton candidates opened the evening with a dance routine to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun."

The emcee of the event was Blaze from the "Neighborhood Morning Show" on 99.7 FM. He kept the crowd entertained between performances and asked each candidate questions during the evening gown and impromptu question segment of the pageant.

Escoto will reign for the next year with princesses Priscilla Gomez and Alexis Sanchez. Sanchez was named first princess and Gomez was handed the title of second princess.

The Miss Mabton court for 2008-09 consists of Villa, first princess Janet Benitez, second princess Crystal Martinez and third princess Yarisma Lua.

Miss Mabton contestants (L-R) Janet Benitez, Mariana Villa, Bianca Flores, Irene Espinoza and Yarisma Lua dance to "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun," in their opening dance routine last Friday night.

Miss Mabton contestant Bianca Flores models casual dress wear for those in attendance at last Friday's Miss Mabton Pageant.

Little Miss Mabton contestant Priscilla Gomez performs in the talent portion of the Little Miss Mabton Pageant last Friday.

"Barbie Girl" was the song of choice for Miss Mabton candidate Irene Espinoza (left), who performed before an audience with Derrick Nash last Friday.

Mariana Villa performs in one of her many outfits worn in the talent portion of last Friday's Miss Mabton Pageant.

Performing the "Evolution of Dance" is Miss Mabton candidate Crystal Martinez.

Janet Benitez sings "Me" during the talent portion of last Friday's Miss Mabton Pageant.

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