Debra Wright wasn’t a contestant at the recently held Distinguished Young Women ceremony (formerly known as the Junior Miss Pageant), but she did experience her own crowning moment when she was called up onto the stage to be recognized for almost a decade of volunteer work for the national organization’s Del Norte County chapter.
Debra Wright, center, is overcome with emotion after being recognized for her nine years of volunteerism. Also pictured, Rae Broadbent (far left), contestant Rachel Jared and Amber O’Laughlin. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
“I was completely surprised,” said Wright.
After nine years, she is passing the title of chairperson on to another longtime volunteer with the program, Barbara Lopez.
“It’s been such an amazing experience to help these young ladies,” Wright said. “It’s such an honor to be a part of it.”
Left to right, Dance Arts Studio performers Tegan Diaz, Adenne Schaad and Kaydence Farley. Del Norte Triplicate/Bryant Anderson
Each contestant is assigned a “mother hen” to help her prepare during the two-and-a-half months leading up to the pageant.
“Everyone gets super close,” Wright said. “It takes a whole group to put on such a good show.”
As the nine contestants prepared behind the curtain, students from the Dance Art Studio performed for the packed audience at Crescent Elk Auditorium at the event April 14.