Photo by Julia Hart
A surprised Gyssell Bustamante accepts congratulations from Alexi Leon during the Miss Granger Pageant. Princess Makayla Riggs is at left.
As of Monday, April 25, 2016
GRANGER A new Miss Granger was crowned Saturday night at Roosevelt Elementary School.
Gyssel Bustamante will reign over the Cherry Festival this coming weekend and represent the city at upcoming community festivals around the region.
Surprised by her coronation, Bustamante said she was “humble, compassionate and responsible” during the impromptu question earlier in the pageant.
Bustamante, who performed a stirring piano selection to a slide show decrying bullying, was a standout throughout the event.
She said she is compassionate about helping others and responsible.
“I believe in getting on a job and doing it until I am done,” Bustamante said.
Her current responsibilities include being an Associated Student Body officer, a member of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicana, working with the migrant program, part of Upward Bound/TRIO and is involved in GEAR UP. She is a candidate for National Honor Society and will be entering Running Start next year.
The daughter of Irma and Raul Bustamante, the 16-year-old, said she has a lot of goals as Miss Granger. They include encouraging students to get a higher education and to find a better way to get resources to parents.
Bustamante is a sophomore at Granger High School, but she’s already traveled to Olympia to talk politics with Rep. Bruce Chandler.
“It opened my mind to the possibilities,” she said. “I will not give up. I’ll keep trying, keep fighting for what I believe in.”
Prior to her crowning, Bustamante also modeled causal and evening wear. She participated in a group performance with fellow candidates.
Also named to the Miss Granger Court for the coming year are first princess Alexis Flores, second princess Alexi Leon and third princess Makayla Riggs.
Held in conjunction to the Pageant was the Little Miss Granger Pageant.
Winning the title was Mia Castro. Her court includes first princess Janessa Molina, second princess Dalylah Caballero and third princess Alyshia Villa.
Both the Miss Granger and the Little Miss Granger will be appearing in the 68th annual Granger Cherry Festival on Saturday morning at 10 a.m.
The parade will kick-off two days of community fun, including a carnival and vendors in the city park and a Sunday morning fishing derby at the Hisey Park ponds.