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Ambitious platforms for pageant titleholders

Miss Kitsap 2011 Hannah Wood crowns Jessicajae Townsend Miss Kitsap 2012, Jan. 7 in the Bremerton Performing Arts Auditorium.                                   - Mike Scott / Contributed
Miss Kitsap 2011 Hannah Wood crowns Jessicajae Townsend Miss Kitsap 2012, Jan. 7 in the Bremerton Performing Arts Auditorium.
— image credit: Mike Scott / Contributed

BREMERTION — Three young women are now wearing crowns ­— and carrying ambitious agendas — as Miss Kitsap, Miss Poulsbo and Miss Silverdale. The annual scholarship pageant was Jan. 7 in the Bremerton Performing Arts Auditorium.

Miss Kitsap is Jessicajae Townsend 18, a senior at South Kitsap High School. She received $3,800 in scholarships in addition to a $1,000 scholarship to Olympic College. Her platform is “One Can at a Time — The Fight Against Local Hunger.”

She is the senior class president and vice president of her Key Club and will be working with local food banks this year.

Krystal Jimenez, 16, a junior at Bremerton High School, was named first runner-up to Miss Kitsap and received $1,600 in scholarships. Also participating in the Miss Kitsap Pageant were Elaina Ausbrooks, 17, of Bremerton; Kaitlyn Gervais, 19, of Bremerton; Taylor Mahoney, 18, of Bremerton; and Kiara Serantes, 17, also of Bremerton.

A highlight of the pageant: Mahoney won a $17,564 full-tuition scholarship to Everest College in Bremerton, where she will study for a medical assistant degree.

Miss SilverdaleEpiphany Nick, a 17-year-old senior at Central Kitsap High School, is the new Miss Silverdale. She received $3,200 in scholarships, in addition to a $500 scholarship from the North Kitsap Soroptimists for community service. She was named the NAACP 2011 Community Youth of the Year and she will promote her platform of “Unity in the Community” to the young people of Kitsap County.

Angela Ugalino, a 16-year-old senior at Central Kitsap High School, was named first runner-up to Miss Silverdale. She received $1,400 in scholarships. Also participating in the Miss Silverdale Pageant were Ralaine Angeles, 17, of Silverdale; Lenisa Epenesa, 17, of Bremerton; Celine Evans, 17, of Bremerton; Chelsey Garcia, 19, of Silverdale; and Chloe Talbert, 17, of Silverdale.

Contestants Evans and Garcia each received a $1,000 scholarship at Olympic College.

Miss PoulsboMichaela Meeker, a 16-year-old junior at Kingston High School, is the 59th Miss Poulsbo. She received $3,200 in scholarships. Michaela’s platform is “Mentoring and Making a Difference.”  D’Anne Davidson, a 17-year-old junior at North Kitsap High School, was named the first runner-up to Miss Poulsbo and received $1,200 in scholarships.  Also participating in the Miss Poulsbo Pageant were Lindsey Browning, 19, a student at Olympic College; Megan Peterson, 16, a junior at North Kitsap High School; and Sierra Smith, 16, a junior at Kingston High School.

Contestant Smith won a $10,000 scholarship from The International Air and Hospitality Academy.

More than $50,000 in scholarships were awarded to the 18 contestants at the Miss Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap, Miss Silverdale Scholarship Pageant. The Olympic College Foundation has been awarding scholarships at the pageant since 2005, totalling nearly $25,000.

The new Miss Kitsap, Miss Poulsbo and Miss Silverdale will spend the next year promoting their community platforms in addition to making appearances and raising money for local non-profit organizations. Last year’s titleholders made 211 appearances in Kitsap County.

 

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