This past Saturday the community showed up in force for the 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside Pageant, and Abigail Ramos was the star of the night.
She was sponsored by Paleteria La Nortena, Mendoza Auto Parts and Valley Pipe.
Ramos, who came away the top winner, was one of 15 young ladies vying for the title.
She and the other contestants exhibited poise and confidence as they took to the Sunnyside High School auditorium stage. The opening act was an introductory routine to Michael Jackson's "Thriller." The contestants and outgoing court elicited giggles from the audience as they performed silly dance moves.
The contestants donned lime green dresses and the 2010-11 court was decked out in purple.
Following the opening routine was the freestyle segment of the pageant during which each of the contestants donned one-piece magenta outfits with a bubble bottom.
The theme of the night was "Calendar Girls" and each of the young ladies taking the stage was a calendar girl in her own right.
They sparkled and shined throughout the evening, exhibiting a great deal of class.
Ramos was one of the more confident of the young ladies as she shared with those in the audience her planned community service project. Her court will work with Sunnyside's Promise promoting empowerment through the arts.
She wants youngsters to learn the many ways writing, music, art, dance and theater can help people express themselves and their individuality.
For Ramos' talent, she used her acting skills to perform a monologue called "National Pop Star: Rejected and in Denial." It was a fun little skit about an American Idol contestant who is bewildered after being told she has no talent.
Sharing with the audience the "skills" of the character, Ramos had the audience laughing.
There were several dance routines on the stage, but the one contestant who used the space available with a classy tap routine was the newly crowned Miss Sunnyside First Princess Geordan Skyles. She donned a top hat and tails, dancing to the classic "Boy From New York City."
2011-12 Miss Sunnyside Second Princess Cheyenne Schultz was graceful with her sign language routine to "You Raise Me Up" by Josh Grobin.
Selected to serve as third princess was Kayla Amaro, who performed a dance routine to a mix of music.
Each of the contestants glittered and exhibited a great deal of poise as they donned evening gowns for the final segment of the pageant.
Ramos wore a simple, yet elegant gown with an empire waist. It flowed with her movement. Although understated, the gown was perfect for a young lady who is seemingly confident, unassuming and self-assured.
The gowns ranged in colors from a smoky gray to magenta, many had rhinestones enhancing the elegance of the evening.
The outgoing court, too, had an opportunity to perform and shine.
2010-11 Miss Sunnyside Kiana Ramos and princesses Amanda Villarreal, Alex Calderon and Juliet Quiroz tickled the audience's funny bone with a skit during which each of the young ladies shared their own sense of style through music.
They also had a final walk as a recorded thank you and farewell was played for the audience. Each of the young ladies kept the tears at bay, knowing the time had come to crown the 2011-12 court.
Clearly, Abigail Ramos was stunned to hear her name spoken when Miss Sunnyside Court Director Teri Alvarez-Ziegler announced the name of the new Miss Sunnyside.
The winner of the contestant-voted congeniality award was Jessica Bonilla and Janeth Vasquez was named the winner of the photogenic award.
The evening, however, belonged to Ramos and her princesses.