I had the pleasure of attending the Miss Sunnyside Pageant for the first time ever this past Saturday. The pageant was in some ways different from other pageants I have attended. One difference was there wasn't a question and answer session.
I imagine with so many young ladies vying for the title, time constraints prevented that segment from being included. That's okay with me because I believe the flow of the pageant went more smoothly.
I also had the pleasure of interviewing each of the contestants this past summer. This is the second summer in which I have been granted such an opportunity. I enjoyed getting to know the young ladies who were so intent on serving the community of Sunnyside.
Each of the girls had her own unique reason for wanting to serve the community. Each of them impressed me in some way or another.
They were pleasant and full of enthusiasm, wanting others to know Sunnyside is a great place to live.
Saturday, I was able to see them transform from the casual young ladies I met throughout the summer into beautiful young ladies.
Each of the contestants possessed poise and grace while competing in the pageant and I was proud of the courage they showed, sharing with those attending the pageant a little of who they are.
The fact that there were young ladies who were unable to compete because of a large interest and a limitation of 15 contestant spots, shows there are many other young ladies in the community who truly want to share how proud they are to live here.
It's impressive, to put it lightly.
The contestants spent the summer months keeping busy with meetings, community events and parades, gaining a small perspective of what their life will be like on the Miss Sunnyside court.
Teri Alvarez-Ziegler and the rest of the committee that oversees the court's functions did a fantastic job with these fine young women.
Organizing the pageant was also a feat considering the Sunnyside High School auditorium was under construction for many months and was just barely ready for Saturday's pageant.
I know Alvarez-Ziegler will give credit to all who helped her, but she dedicates many hours to the pageant and deserves a lot of credit for her role.
To all the contestants, I salute your efforts. You are truly wonderful young women and I believe you will be successful in life. So many of you are so talented and I am glad you all dream big. Keep it up.
To the newly crowned court; 2011-12 Miss Sunnyside Abigail Ramos, and princesses Geordan Skyles, Cheyenne Schultz and Kayla Amaro, congratulations. You will make the citizens of Sunnyside proud.
Saturday's Miss Sunnyside Pageant was truly worth my time and I am grateful I had the opportunity to attend the event.