Round Lake Area Crowns 2012 Queens

2012 Round Lake Area Pageant winners: Miss Jocelyn Hernandez, Jr. Miss Samantha Pokorny, Little Miss Sabrina Smith, and Tiny Miss Haily Ankney
2012 Round Lake Area Pageant winners: Miss Jocelyn Hernandez, Jr. Miss Samantha Pokorny, Little Miss Sabrina Smith, and Tiny Miss Haily Ankney

The Round Lake Area crowned their 2012 Pageant Queens at the kickoff of a three-day BeachFest celebration. This years theme was ‘Diamonds are a Girls Best Friend”. After an opening number by the 2011 Queens, “Tiny Miss” Darby Leetch, “Little Miss” Liliana Tosado, “Jr. Miss” Lauren Valesco, and “Miss” Rebecca Devereaux, the 2012 contestants paraded in front of a packed audience. They answered multiple questions in front of the judges and before the winners were announced, they also paraded in evening gowns.

The contestants for each category and their order of appearance were:
Tiny Miss
Shelby Saderdahl
Brianna Restrepo
Madelyne Escobedo
Siena Rica
Haily Ankney

Little Miss
Rose Rodriguez
Natalie Lynn
Lorelei Sobie
Sabrina Smith

Junior Miss
Rebecca Bubloni
Samantha Pokorny
Jessica Best
Shelby Brubaker
Emma Happ
Emmah Pirie
Kaila Pullega
Sierra McFarlin
Jenni Nguyen
Gracie Huggler

Miss
Jocelyn Hernandez

Congratulations to the winners and to all the beautiful young girls who took the time to compete for this years Pageant Queens.

The Pageant Directors were Lisa Stay and Rachel Tosado. Mistresses of Ceremony were Celina Porretta and Caitlyn Sass. Judging the Pageant were Jennifer Shetsky Bahna, Sarah Brezinski, Ed Chung, Laura Goeke, Leanne Powell, and Julie Quinlan.

I thought that sitting in an aisle seat with a clear view of center stage would be better than last years angle shots from along the wall. However, with parents and relatives standing up in front of me along with the bright reflections on the stage, the video auto-focus once again played havoc on the video outcome. The following is a shortened version showing the final results along with a link at the end for viewing 45 minutes of the competition itself.

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I couldn’t help but notice as I was leaving the large rooting section for the eventual Junior Miss winner, Samantha Pokorny, who came with “Cheer For Sam” T-shirts. I was able to get them all together for a photo that I thought everyone would enjoy.

Junior Miss winner, Samantha Pokorny's, cheering section
Junior Miss winner, Samantha Pokorny's, cheering section

Following the Miss Round Lake Area Pageant, Cars 2 was going to be shown on the BIG screen set up outside where everyone could sit on the lawn and enjoy it. I wasn’t sure what they meant by BIG screen in the flier until I saw it. WOW!!

Big screen set up outside for tonight's movie as residents sit on the lawn
Big screen set up outside for tonight

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