By Maureen Robertson
The two were crowned at the 2011 Miss Ramona Pageant, held in the Ramona Outdoor Community Center Pavilion on Saturday evening. Also crowned were Miss Ramona Princess 2011 Lilienne Cullen and Teen Miss Ramona Princess 2011 Emily McCubbin.
Festivities directed by Jill Fleming, assisted by LeAnna Brown, included special guest Elinor Smith Shadeck, Ramona’s 1939 Turkey Day queen, who at the end of the pageant joined Ramona’s 2011 royalty on stage with Miss Rodeo Ramona 2011 Sarah Baughman and reigning queens from other communities.
Fleming, Ramona pageant director for the first time, added Teen Miss Ramona to this year’s pageant. The Teen Miss category attracted six contestants, with four young women vying for Miss Ramona.
Also hoping to wear the Miss Ramona crown were Megan Guiles and Sofia Cobrera. Other Teen Miss Ramona contestants were Jessica Roe, Alyssa White, Emily Payne and Chersten Sandvik.
The People’s Choice award went to Megan Guiles, while Lilienne Cullen captured Staff/Directors Choice honors.
Other awards presented to contestants included:
•Spirit Award—Emily Payne
•Teen Photogenic—Emily McCubbin
•Miss Photogenic—Grace Woolley
•Teen Congeniality—Emily Payne
•Miss Congeniality—Lilienne Cullen
•Teen Speech—a tie—Chersten Sandvik and Emily McCubbin
•Miss Speech—Grace Woolley
•Teen Interview—Emily McCubbin
•Miss Interview—Grace Woolley
Woolley is the daughter of Kathy and Scott Woolley. Involved with her church’s youth group and with the Associated Student Body at Ramona High, she plans to earn a degree in marriage and family therapy from Brigham Young University, Provo.
Proctor is the daughter of Kevin Proctor and Paula Cruz. A member of Ramona High’s varsity song team, she is a student at Georgia School of Dance and plans to become a military psychologist or professional dancer.
Cullen, 17, is a senior at Ramona High, where she is involved with the track team, dance productions and sports medicine team. The daughter of Pam and George Cullen, she plans to major in kinesiology at San Diego State University. She would like to work with the Justin sports medical team while competing in professional rodeo.
McCubbin, 15, is a sophomore at Mountain Valley Academy. She is a Ramona Dance Centre student and is involved with Question and Impact youth groups. The daughter of Kris and Michael McCubbin, she plans to continue dancing and attend college.
The honor of crowning the four young women went to Kayla Lawler, Miss Ramona 2010. In her farewell speech, Lawler expressed gratitude for the opportunity to serve as Ramona’s queen, reviewed some of the highlights of the past year, thanked “some vital people” and had a message for all of the contestants.
“You have already accomplished something that most your age would be shaking in their boots to attempt,” she said. “Be proud of your hard work, effort and the confidence this experience, I hope, has helped you to gain, no matter the outcome of today’s competition.
“To the lucky girls who walk away tonight with shiny new crowns, get ready for an amazing and memorable year. You will never get this experience anywhere else.”