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2/28/2014 8:03:00 PM
Spirit of New York shines at selection
Mirror photo by Matt BaideThree were crowned last week as Miss Lake Chelan Royalty. Pictured here are (L-R) first runner-up Samirah Mashayekh, Miss Lake Chelan Jessica Miller and second runner-up  Nataliann Rose Tutino.
Mirror photo by Matt Baide
Three were crowned last week as Miss Lake Chelan Royalty. Pictured here are (L-R) first runner-up Samirah Mashayekh, Miss Lake Chelan Jessica Miller and second runner-up Nataliann Rose Tutino.
Matt Baide
Staff Writer

Only one young lady could be Miss Lake Chelan, as Jessica Miller was crowned Miss Lake Chelan 2014 at the ceremony last Monday, Feb. 17, at the Chelan High School auditorium (PAC).
The first runner-up was Samirah Mashayekh and the second runner-up was Nataliann Rose Tutino.
Several scholarships were handed out before the naming of Miss Lake Chelan. The $200 scholarship for the Miss Congeniality award was given to Sedyrra Copas. The $200 fitness award sponsor went to Rose Tutino. The $300 first-place scholastic scholarship went to Mary Fitzpatrick. The $250 talent award winner was Miller. The self-expression award and $200 scholarship was awarded to Lilly Nelmida.
There was a $1,000 scholarship for the Spirit of Miss Lake Chelan award, which was awarded to Latreece Fulton.
The theme of the pageant was Streets of New York, which was presented by Miss Lake Chelan 2013 Sarah Kunkel.
The show started off with the 11 contestants participating in a fitness routine, with each contestant getting their moment in the spotlight to show off their physical abilities. The fitness routine was 10 percent of the overall score.
Contestants got to show off their talents to the judges in the talent showcase. Talents ranged from public speaking to playing instruments to showing off art. The talent portion of the competition was 20 percent of the overall score.
The next portion of the competition was self-expression and impromptu questions. Self-expression was 10 percent of the overall score. The questions ranged from the contestants favorite color to what would you do if you had one month to live.
Scholastic was 20 percent of the overall score, with the judges looking at the transcripts and grades of the young ladies. Each contestant had a 20-minute interview with the judges the day before the competition, which was 25 percent of the overall score. The spirit of Miss Lake Chelan contest was the final 15 percent of the overall score, with the ladies being judged by being on time to practices, meeting deadlines and the effort they put in to the competition.
After the judging portion of the competition, it was time to say farewell to Miss Lake Chelan 2013 Sarah Kunkel, first runner-up Karle Pittsinger and second runner-up Aleea Ferguson. Each of the girls gave a short speech, thanking friends and family for supporting them throughout the year they wore their crowns.
It wasn't all about the young ladies, as their escorts gave a short performance during the show, showing off their dance moves for the crowd.
Miller, Mashayekh and Rose Tutino will now represent Chelan at festivals and parades throughout the state, including the Apple Blossom festival in Wenatchee in April.

Matt Baide can be reached at 509-682-2213 or by email
qchreporter@gmail.com






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