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Thirteen to compete for Miss Fallbrook/ Miss Teen Fallbrook titles

At a combined pageant scheduled for April 17 at the Mission Theater, six young women will vie for the title of Miss Fallbrook and seven will compete for the position of Miss Teen Fallbrook, a new title introduced this year.

Contestants for Miss Fallbrook include Kandace Kooyman, 21; Mariyah Raybal, 17; Katelynn Rinnander, 17; Alexandria Rodriguez, 17; Jovanne Vellone, 19; and Jacquelyn Verdon, 17.

Those competing for Miss Teen Fallbrook are Genna Cowley, 14; Shavonne Donoghue, 15; Lori Myers, 15; Margo Poissant, 16; Krystal Schmid, 16; Sara Shumway, 15; and Emaleigh Sinclair, 16.

“The theme for this year’s pageant will be “Small Town Hopes, Big City Dreams,” said organizer Patty Hornsveld.

Hornveld’s Children’s Acting School & Theater (CAST) dance team will be performing that evening for the crowd’s enjoyment.

All contestants have secured sponsors to support their entry in the pageant. Sponsorship funds, Hornveld said, go to benefit a pageant scholarship fund.

Judges for this year’s pageant will be especially knowledgeable.

“This year, the judges will be women who have won pageant crowns at state levels,” said Hornsveld, noting that Fallbrook’s Honorary Mayor, Gail Martin, will also serve on the judging pane, “provided she does not know any of the contestants,”

Hornsveld said the pageant is, “a great way for young women to become involved in community service.”

Those selected to the Miss Fallbrook and Miss Teen Fallbrook courts will make scheduled appearances over the next year throughout the community, with the first being at the annual Avocado Festival the day after the pageant.

At the end of their year-long term, Miss Fallbrook and her First and Second Princesses will receive scholarship funds if they are successful in completing the established percentage of scheduled appearances within the community.

“Miss Fallbrook 2009 will receive a scholarship check of $1,000 and her First and Second Princesses will receive scholarships of $350 each because of their contribution to the community of Fallbrook and the Chamber events over the past year,” explained Hornsveld.

The pageant will begin at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 17 at the Mission Theater. Tickets are $15 each and guests are encouraged to pre-purchase them by calling CAST at (760) 451-1993.

“The event is already close to being sold out, so it is wise to pre-purchase tickets,” said Hornsveld.

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