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Makenzie Moody crowned 60th Miss Poulsbo
BREMERTON — Makenzie Moody was crowned the 60th Miss Poulsbo on Jan. 5 at the Bremerton High School Performing Arts Theater.
Makenzie, a 17-year-old junior at West Sound Academy, succeeds Michaela Meeker, a senior at Kingston High School whose platform was “Mentoring and Making a Difference.”
Makenzie received $3,000 for winning the title. She also won the Top Interview Award, $200. Her platform is “Solving Hunger at Home and Abroad”; she has been working with Children of the Nations and other organizations, and plans to start working with Fishline and Coffee Oasis.
Makenzie was a pageant Little Sister in 2005. She is the second former Little Sister to win the Miss Poulsbo title. Erika Scott, Miss Poulsbo 2010, was a Little Sister in 2000.
Camren Robison, a 17-year-old senior at North Kitsap High School, was named first runner-up to Miss Poulsbo. She received a $1,000 scholarship from Olympic College. More than 400 people attended the scholarship pageant. Contestants were judged on talent, 25 percent; private interview, 30 percent; evening gown, 20 percent; active wear, 15 percent; on-stage interview, 5 percent; and academic review, 5 percent.
Krystal Jimenez, a 17-year-old senior at Bremerton High School, was crowned Miss Kitsap 2013, succeeding Jessicajae Townsend. Krystal received $3,000 for winning the pageant, a $1,000 scholarship from Olympic College, and the $200 Girl Power! Award. Her platform is “Building Youth Confidence in the Community”; she plans to continue working with the Naval Avenue Boys and Girls Club and the Smart Girls program.
Kaitlyn Gervais, a 20-year-old sophomore at Pacific Lutheran University, was first runner-up to Miss Kitsap.
Jahrielle Davis, a 19-year old senior from Central Kitsap High School and a Running Start student at Olympic College, was named Miss Silverdale 2013, succeeding Epiphany Nick. She received $3,000 for winning the title, in addition to four other $200 scholarship awards: Scholastic Achievement, Hank Mann Sykes Service Above Self Award, Little Sister Mentor Award, and Miss Congeniality. Jahrielle's platform is the “Rotary Youth Exchange”; she spent a year abroad in Hungary as an exchange student from the Silverdale Rotary Club. Lina McGuire, an 18-year-old senior at Olympic High School, was named first runner-up to Miss Silverdale.
A total of $37,800 in scholarships were awarded to the 17 contestants. Charlyn Garcia, a contestant in the Miss Kitsap contest, received a $5,000 scholarship to Everest College in Bremerton and a $1,000 scholarship to Olympic College. Alyson Coleman, a Miss Kitsap contestant, was awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the International Air and Hospitality Academy in Vancouver, Wash. Those scholarships were awarded based on applications and essays. (Another Allison Coleman was a Miss Poulsbo contestant.)
The new Miss Poulsbo, Miss Kitsap and Miss Silverdale will spend their year of service working in Kitsap County with various non-profit groups raising money and volunteering their time and energy to local causes, according to Michele Wasson, executive director of the Miss Poulsbo Miss Kitsap Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organizations.
Makenzie's first act as Miss Poulsbo will be to attend the Poulsbo Chamber of Commerce lunch Jan. 9 in the Sons of Norway Lodge. Pam Whitt will take office as the 60th president of the chamber. Mayor Becky Erickson will give a presentation on the State of the City.
2012’s title holders made more than 230 appearances and performed more than 500 hours of community service, Wasson said. “We would like to thank Miss Poulsbo 2012 Michaela Meeker, Miss Kitsap 2012 Jessicajae Townsend and Miss Silverdale 2012 Epiphany Nick for their dedication to our program and their service to the community,” she said.
The first Miss Poulsbo pageant was held in 1954; the winner was Laura Lee Smith. Of the ensuing Miss Poulsbos, one later became mayor (Donna Jean Bruce, nee Milton, 1955), and another became Miss Washington (Kristen Eddings, 2002).