In addition to all-American activities such as the rodeo, livestock auctions and demolition derby, Del Norte County’s fair wouldn’t be complete without a new Miss Del Norte.
Those who become Miss Del Norte are more than mere beauty queens. According to Dee Newton, one of three coordinators for the Miss Del Norte Pageant, the contestants must have at least a C grade-point average and be college-bound.
“They are young women entering their senior year of high school up to 25 years of age,” Newton said. “(Miss Del Norte) is a scholarship competition. The goal is they’re going to college.”
The young lady crowned Miss Del Norte will receive a $1,500 scholarship this year, Newton said. The first runner-up will receive $750. The young lady who wins best talent will receive a $100 scholarship. The contestants will also vote amongst themselves on a recipient for the Sisterhood Award, which carries another $100 scholarship, Newton said.
The judges this year are Triplicate publisher Cindy Vosburg, Jeff Parmer, executive director of the Crescent City-Del Norte Chamber of Commerce, and Ellie Latt, a member of the Emblem Club and Beta Sigma Phi, an international woman’s service and social organization. The Xi Sigma Rho chapter of Beta Sigma Phi hosts the pageant each year. Pageant coordinators this year include Newton, Loretta Stoner and Jackie Wood.
The Miss Del Norte Pageant started in the 1930s and continued through the late 1990s, when interest waned and the event was dropped from the fair lineup. The pageant was revived in 2001.
Contestants will be scored based on their level of community involvement, a one-on-one interview with the panel of judges prior to the event as well as their knowledge of the fair industry. During the pageant, contestants will be scored based on a stage performance, a one-minute speech and their answer to an impromptu question chosen by the event’s emcee, Newton said.
Judges will also score the contestants’ poise during the impromptu question, Newton said. She added that the contestants have been practicing roughly six hours a week for the past three weeks on their poise, opening number, introduction and talent.
“We’ve got three singing, one playing the piano and one doing a lyrical dance,” Newton said. “The opening number is a dance number choreographed by Danielle Sutherland (of) Dance Art Studio.”
Miss Del Norte Candidate Profiles
Hawkins, 17, lives in Klamath and has lived in Del Norte County for 13 years. She graduated from Castle Rock Charter School with honors in 2014 and is a seminary graduate from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She is a sophomore at College of the Redwoods and will attend Brigham Young University – Idaho to earn a business and administration degree. After college, Hawkins will attend cosmetology school to earn a beautician’s license, after which she hopes to build her own business. She is the daughter of Peter David Hawkins and Gayla Lynne Clemons.
Napier, 17, is a senior at Del Norte High School, where she is involved with drill team, 4-H, Future Farmers of America and Interact. She is president of the Del Norte Youth Council, a member of the Scholarship Mentoring Program, ASB vice president and recipient of the Rotary Youth Leadership Award. She is Del Norte’s representative for the California Youth Council. Her parents are Jeff and Emily Napier.
Pearcey, 19, will be a sophomore at College of the Redwoods and plans to transfer to the University of California, Los Angeles to pursue a marine biology career. She plays the piano, draws, sings and dances in her spare time.
Saylor, 18, is a freshman at Southwestern Oregon Community College and plans to transfer to the Oregon Institute of Technology, where she will major in radiology. She hopes to become a radiologic technologist. Her parents are Alicia and Bob Saylor. Her hobbies are singing, dancing, playing sports, walking on the beach and taking road trips with friends.
Sheets, 20, is currently a double major in psychology and music at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Once she completes her degrees, she plans to go to graduate school to pursue a career in music therapy. Sheets takes tennis classes in her free time and is a member of Cloud 9 A Cappella. She currently works with the Redwood Parks Association.