Deja Hartwick won this year's Junior Miss Scholarship program, amassing $2,300 to help defray the costs of her first year of college at Chico State University.
"All my hard work paid off," she said. "It was really exciting to get so many awards, especially the Spirit of Junior Miss, and then win."
Deja placed first in the Scholastic, Fitness, Talent, Self-Expression and Spirit of Junior Miss categories.
Entrants in the contest began practicing in February, working their way up from two practices a week to one each day.
Hartwick kept a tradition alive in her family by winning. Her mother, Gayle Long Hartwick, won the same contest here in 1978.
Gayle pursued a career in teaching, Deja plans to do the same after she majors in liberal studies.
Placing second was Remy Noll, whose prizes total $900 for her wins in Judges Interview and for 1st Runner Up.
Third place, as 2nd Runner-Up, is Linda Taber, who takes a $400 scholarship to her first year at Humboldt State University.