2012 Spring Valley, Lemon Grove and College Grove Pageant Queens Crowned

A dozen local girls were crowned at the Grove Scholarships Pageant, under the umbrella of the Council for Youth Empowerment.

The end of February ushers in one of the region’s most-anticipated pageant of the year, the Grove Scholarships Pageants. Dozens of girls all prettied up and practicing their poise brought cheers and whoops from a full house on Saturday night at this year’s event dubbed “Fun and Fabulous '50s."

The hosted the Scholarship Pageant of Miss College Grove, Miss Lemon Grove and Miss Spring Valley. Miss California 2012, who was also Miss College Grove 2011, got the evening to a good start with singing the national anthem.

Miss Junior Teen College Grove 2011 Kayla Elizondo thanked pageant director Elizabeth McBrayer, saying she had been like a mother to the girls. She added that the pageant had helped take her out of her shell.

Thirty-one girls and young ladies competed for titles in College Grove Court, Lemon Grove Court and Spring Valley Court. The winners are:

Spring Valley Court

Miss Pre-Teen – Lilliana Valle

Miss Junior Teen – Ashley Lahti

Miss Teen – Kathy-Sue Pierce

Miss Spring Valley – Rebecca Kassab

Lemon Grove Court

Miss Pre-Teen –Savannah Hayes

Miss Junior Teen – Emily Reveles

Miss Teen – Ana Szumilas

Miss Lemon Grove – Hannah Stutz

College Grove Court

Miss Pre-Teen – Carissa Montes

Miss Junior Teen – Kayleigh Brower

Miss Teen – Alexis Osuna

Miss College Grove – Ashley Gonzalez

Other winners were Kiaundra Gilliam for the People’s Choice Award. The Photogenic Award went to Lemon Grove Miss Pre-Teen winner Savannah Hayes. The winner of the Essay Award went to two girls, Spring Valley Junior Teen winner Ashley Lahti and Lemon Grove Teen winner Ana Szumilas.

College Grove Teen contestant Karen Krueger walked away with the Speech Award, and the audience went wild when Spring Valley Junior Teen contestant Kyrie Skinner took the Congeniality Award.

What makes the Grove Scholarships Pageant distinct from others is that they are under the umbrella of Council for youth Empowerment. Established in 2003, the council recognizes, reward and showcases youth.  The council holds to the belief that young people’s education is the cornerstone of a strong and successful nation.

Congratulations to all of the contestants and winners of this year's pageant.

Pageant photos were taken by James R. Stanley, Jr. See more of his work at www.mc2photos.com

Christine Huard February 29, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Congratulations to the Lemon Grove Court: Miss Pre-Teen Savannah Hayes, Miss Junior Teen Emily Reveles, Miss Teen Ana Szumilas, and Miss Lemon Grove Hannah Stutz. Additionally, Savannah Hayes won the Photogenic Award, and Ana Szumilas won an Essay Award. And thank you First Baptist Church of Lemon Grove for hosting this event!
Eric Yates February 29, 2012 at 10:55 PM
Indeed....welcome to all of the new royalty for 2012! We will see you out in the community.
Helen Ofield March 01, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Elizabeth McBrayer (Miss Lemon Grove 2004) took what had once been a typical beauty pageant (pretty, vapid) and transformed it into a celebration of academic achievement, community service, love of country and community, and emerging womanhood. The Lemon Grove Historical Society takes pleasure in supporting the pageant and showcasing its courts.
Ana Szumilas March 02, 2012 at 12:57 AM
Thank you for covering our pageant. Can't wait to get out and about in Lemon Grove and help improve my community! -Ana Szumilas


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