The annual Miss La Mesa-Miss Santee Pageants take place on Friday, March 4, at the Sunrise Community Church on N. Magnolia Ave. The Pageant is open to young women age 13-16 (Miss Teen) and 17-26 (Miss), with the focus on community service and leadership. There is no fee to enter and winners receive scholarship money raised from donors and the annual Fashion Rocks the East fundraising show. The competition includes a personal interview, evening gown, and on-stage question, but no swimwear. The women also compete in an essay writing contest. The winners become their city’s hostesses and representatives for the next year.
Over the past two years the Miss Santee winners, Sierra Billock (2009) and Kimberly Swank (2010) have been outstanding representatives, ably aided by the Teen winners, Nicole Ehlke (2009) and Taylor Shelton (2010). Ms. Billock, in fact, was the originator of the Fashion Rocks the East show and continues to work along with the Pageant directors. The Miss and Miss Teen attend the annual Santee Street Fair and the new Santee Car Show, the Holiday Lighting Celebration, new business openings, and more. In addition, girls age 6-12 can become Santee Princesses and join the Queens and their courts at local events.
If you or a young woman you know would be interested in either competing for Miss or Miss Teen Santee or La Mesa, there is still time to apply. The deadline is Sunday, February 20. You can get more information from the Santee or La Mesa Chambers of Commerce or from Pageant Director Alexandra Kuty (619-698-4163 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
On Wednesday, February 9, the Pageants held a “movie night” where 2011 contestants could watch the video from the 2010 Pageant. This has become an annual event that gives new contestants an opportunity to see just what to expect. This year the event was held at the Santee Sportsplex USA. Below are some pictures from the day.