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Miss Kingston begins her reign

The new Miss Kingston, Catherine Pasculli, greets friends and family after being crowned Saturday night. Five girls competed for the title during a two-hour long program. - Brad Camp / Staff photo
The new Miss Kingston, Catherine Pasculli, greets friends and family after being crowned Saturday night. Five girls competed for the title during a two-hour long program.
— image credit: Brad Camp / Staff photo

KINGSTON — If Catherine Pasculli’s anything like one of her historical role models, her reign as Miss Kingston will be memorable. Her creative display stole the show, both visually and technically. Dressed in full Elizabethan attire, she passionately recreated a speech Elizabeth I used to motivate her troops before the Spanish Armada.

“I’m absolutely shocked,” Pasculli said after beating out four other hopefuls to earn the title of Miss Kingston during Saturday night’s scholarship pageant at Kingston Middle. Her title comes with a year of public appearances and a $1,000 scholarship for college.

In her year as Miss Kingston, Pasculli is eager to bring awareness to Race for the Cure and to serve as a role model for young girls in the community.

As a part of that, Pasculli will try to stay grounded and dismisses stereotypes of women who participate in pageants. She eats pizza, loves to dish with her friends and yes, this particular pageant winner happens to love ice cream.

Pasculli is the daughter of Keith and Carla Pasculli. The 17-year-old is a rising senior at Kingston High.

She was stunned, to say the least, to hear her name called as the new Miss Kingston.

“Everyone did so good, so it was impossible to tell,” she said.

To round out the royal court, Sierra Moon and Eva Redfearn were chosen as princesses.

Moon’s talent – a gymnastics routine performed to the theme song from “Austin Powers, International Man of Mystery,” showed a playful, slightly wacky side to Moon that the audience of some 200 people ate up. To reinforce her fun side, she shared a childhood story that some would vehemently deny but she fully embraced.

At one point in the pageant, the hostess was sharing the contestants’ favorite childhood memories. Her story encompassed a family road trip during which she was sitting on her sister’s lap. As the family car was passing a rest stop, everyone decided they were good and there was no need to stop. A few seconds later, Moon realized she needed to stop but they didn’t make it in time. While Moon was good to go, her sister wasn’t.

She plans on staying in touch with her goofy side, even though she’s now a princess.

“I’m still the same Sierra,” she said.

Moon is the daughter of Ricky and Diane Moon. The 17-year-old is a rising senior at KHS.

Redfearn’s crowning moment came during her creative display with her rendition of Paole Santos’ “Because of you/Dahil Sa Yo.”

The crowning ceremony, however was a bit awkward as Redfearn’s tiara put up a fight rather than be placed peacefully upon her head. Redfearn took that in stride, as she has an entire year to get used to the tiara.

What will take even longer for her to get used to is that she is now Kingston royalty. A few minutes after the scholarship pageant was over, she was a bit numb to her new title, but excited for the opportunity to use it to promote Big Brothers/Big Sisters, her chosen platform.

While the closest Big Brothers/Big Sisters is in Bremerton, she’s hoping to bring that mentor model to the North End.

“If I can make a difference for just one girl, it will be worth it,” Redfearn said.

Redfearn is the daughter of John and Teresita Redfearn. She’s 17 years old and is a rising senior at KHS.

While Miss Kingston earned a $1,000 scholarship, each princess was awarded a $500 scholarship. Several other $100 scholarships were awarded during the pageant.

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