With two dozen former Miss La Mesas looking on, six young women will vie for that title Friday night—with the added prize of a blue-and-white sash marking the city’s centennial.
Ten girls also will seek the title of Miss Teen La Mesa at the Sonrise Church in Santee, where Santee pageants also will be staged at the same time.
“This year, Miss La Mesa and Miss Teen La Mesa will receive two sashes,” says pageant director Alex Kuty of La Mesa—herself a former Miss La Mesa.
Miss La Mesa entrants are:
- Hope Phipps
- Kayla Sickenger
- Nicole Ross
- Heather Bardin
- Cassandra Steppat
- Lindsey Palser
Miss Teen La Mesa entrants are:
- Catherine Jones
- Aminah Al-Jaber
- Elizabeth Ryder
- Skyler Youngblood
- Morgan Holliman
- Jaclyn Combs
- Kelli Loper
- Susanna Wiggins
- Mackenzie Manns
- Madison Gillihan
Kuty said 26 former Miss La Mesa titleholders representing five decades will attend the show, including Miss La Mesa 1958, former Miss California and first runner-up to Miss America, Suzanne Reamo.Mayor Art Madrid will present all the former Miss La Mesas the key to the city and all former title holders will be wearing special centennial sashes.
Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee 2012 will receive a $1,000 scholarship while Miss Teen La Mesa and Miss Teen Santee will receive a $500 scholarships.
Prizes also will awarded in essay. The essay money—$1,000—has been donated by La Mesa Chamber of Commerce CEO Mary England in memory of her son Bobby and Sportsplex USA.
The pageant also has a program for girls ages 6-12.
“The La Mesa Princess and Junior Miss La Mesa programs are an exciting way for young girls to learn about their community, make new friends and look to the older girls as role models,” Kuty says. “This is not Toddlers and Tiaras. There is no competition or winner. They will also be featured on stage during the 2012 coronation show.”
Miss La Mesa and Miss Santee contestants will be scored on personal interview, speech, poise and personality, beauty, evening gown and an on stage question, Kuty says.
Pageant photographers will present the Miss Photogenic award, and contestants will vote for the Miss Congeniality awards.
Winners will serve as their cities’ official hostess and spend the year attending grand openings, parades, summer concerts and Chamber of Commerce functions.