ST. GEORGE — With two new pageant directors, girls ages 14-18 are invited to compete for the crown of Miss St. George 2015 on April 18 and can apply at the Miss St. George website until March 13.
New directors Joy Carnell, of Ivins, and Cristina Werner, of Texas, have worked together in business before and look forward to bringing interest in the pageant to girls for both this year’s pageant and those in years to come.
“We want girls to be empowered,” Carnell said. “We want them to feel good about themselves and this year we actually chose the theme ‘Unmasking your inner beauty.’”
Pageants teach girls many life skills, she said.
Last year’s Miss St. George royalty includes Ciara 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.
Brittney Werner encourages girls to try out, because it is not only fun, but a new experience to be a part of the community and find yourself.
“I came in the pageant originally to do it for fun,” Werner said. “I went a lot farther than I thought I would …. I just think it’s a great experience to get out there.”
As Hamblin moved to Salt Lake City after being named Miss St. George 2014, Brittney Werner has taken on the crowned princess’s duties when she is unable to travel back. With that experience, Brittney Werner said, she has enjoyed serving the kids in the community and being an example to them.
“The reason I did the pageant was to be an inspiration to some girls,” Brittney Werner said. “I wanted to teach girls about inner beauty …. I personally do love to wear makeup, but my goal has been out there to teach girls that they don’t have to change to be beautiful. They can really look inside themselves and see what brings out the joy in them.”
The competition teaches the girls interview, dress, and behavioral skills and helps them gain an understating of who they are as a person, Carnell said.
A pageant teaches girls a lot about themselves, Cristina Werner said, echoing Carnell.
“I think girls in general get so mixed up, especially the high school girls, on what they are doing on a daily basis,” she said. “They forget; and (the pageant helps them) realize who they really are and that they can make a difference in what they want to be.”
As a scholarship pageant, $2,000 will be donated and divided among the winners of the pageant, Carnell said, but she and Werner are looking for other sponsors that will help offer more prizes and opportunities for the pageant winners.
Hamblin will hand over her crown on April 18. Until then, her duties are to serve her community being humble, kind, loving, caring, ambitious, helpful, friendly, and to be the best version of herself.
Miss St. George stands as a representative of the city at the county fair, parades and other events to support and help members of the community, generally participating in about one event monthly.
- Deadline for entry: March 13
- Workshops: March 14, 21, 28 and April 4
- Pageant: April 18, Dixie Convention Center at 6:30 p.m.
- More information on the pageant can be found on the Miss St. George website.
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