IIt was a glamorous night of music, dance, elegance and grace – and it marked the return of the annual event after the COVID-19 pandemic’s restrictions on in-person gatherings. The talent competition included traditional performances ranging from singing and playing a musical instrument to surprising entries such as footwork with a soccer ball and decorating a cake in seconds. The lovely ladies also answered questions regarding the issues of the day and each promoted a social impact initiative.
Stewart’s theme was “Be You Be Beautiful” and she plans to respond to the pressure of social media to look perfect among young women.
âI can’t wait to start this incredible year,â she said.
Gwyneth Steele-Quevedo, a sophomore at Golden Valley High School, won the crown of Miss Merced County’s Outstanding Teen. The talented actress and performer starred as Dorothy in the Playhouse Merced production of The Wizard of Oz in 2019. On Saturday night, she sang a Disney tune to perfection and appeared in a stunning sparkling dress that wowed the crowd. .
âWhat a beautiful night with beautiful people! she exclaimed.
The evening also featured the coronation of Kimberly Vernon as the new Miss Yosemite Valley and Megan Harlan as the new Miss Sierra Nevada. And the former title holders – Miss Merced County 2020 Kiley Pastori and Miss Merced County’s Outstanding Teen 2020 Bianca Trindade – bid a cheerful and tearful farewell to a crowd of supporters.
âI had so many fun opportunities to defend and serve a higher purpose,â said Pastori. golf tournament, raising $ 1,200 to donate and even recording a radio commercial. “
This year’s Miss Merced County nominees also included Natalie Gutierrez, a freshman at Stanislaus State; and Evelyn Cisneros, a first year student at Merced College. Outstanding teenage applicants from Miss Merced County also included Cali Yazzie, a 7th grader at Cruickshank Middle School; Kaylie Escobar-Islas, an elder at Merced High School; and Madelyn Moreno, an elder at Livingston High School.
Miss Merced County, Sierra Nevada and Yosemite Valley is a preliminary competition for Miss California and Miss America.
A 40-year tradition, the program offers scholarships to young women between the ages of 14 and 26. Throughout the year, Miss Merced County supports several community events, the Children’s Miracle Network and the Valley Children’s Hospital.