ST. GEORGE — Ciara Hamblin, 17, reigns as Miss St. George 2014 with duties to be humble, kind, loving, caring, ambitious, helpful, friendly, and to be the best version of herself there is.
The pageant is open to girls ages 14-18. The 2014 Miss St. George Royalty includes Hamblin as crowned princess, a Snow Canyon High School senior; first attendant Brittney Werner, a Pine View High School senior; second attendant Savanah Aplanalp, a Dixie High School senior; and Miss Congeniality Brooklynn Kauvaka, a Pine View High School junior.
This year saw 11 contestants in the pageant, the most competition of the last three to four years, Bailey said.
As the princess, Hamblin works to inspire young women to realize their self-worth and beauty.
“I actually have two platforms,” Hamblin said. “My first one is ‘A Smile and Wave Can Change Someones Day.’ Why? I have moved multiple times in my life and I cannot say how many times I wanted someone to just say hi to me,” she said.
Applying friendly behavior to everyone around is important, Hamblin said. She has schedules to go to schools to open students’ minds to the subject as well as encourage them on seat belt safety, which is her second platform.
Two of Hamblin’s friends died in a car accident who had not been wearing seat belts because the belts in the car were broken, she said.
“I have asked some car dealerships to donate seat belts for teens,” Hamblin said, “and to have them installed for free.”
As a part of the St. George Royalty, Hamblin’s important role is service. The Miss St. George Pageant is not connected with the Miss America Organization, Pageant Director Jill Bailey said.
The Royalty’s focus in the community is service, Bailey said. They serve businesses in the area at events including ribbon cuttings, the United States Navy Blue Angels’ Thunder Over Utah Airshow and various area festivals.
The royalty seeks to do service every month, Bailey said, and has focused the royalty pageant on recognizing the inner beauty and personal uniqueness rather than modeling on the physical appearance like most pageants.
“This isn’t a beauty pageant, but it is a scholarship pageant,” she said.
The crowned princess receives a $2,000 scholarship, which is donated by the city. Contestants who compete must have lived in St. George for six months, have a 3.5 grade-point average, and must have given at least 10 hours of community service, Hamblin said.
“I think the best part about being in St. George Royalty is not only about wearing a crown on your head, and a sash around you neck, but the people and the service that you get to tribute to your city,” the crowned princess said. “Every Sunday I have worked at the soup kitchen and love it just because of how eye opening it was; and when I found out that this pageant isn’t just a beauty pageant and that its an opportunity to help others and put a smile on peoples faces I just had to do it.”
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