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It was a full weekend of talents, glamour, intelligence and pageantry on full display with annual scholarship pageants held Saturday and Sunday honoring young women in the Klamath Basin.

Presented by the Women’s Scholarship Foundation of Klamath County, Saturday marked the 44th rendition of the Miss Klamath County-Miss City of Sunshine Pageant, held at Mills Auditorium in Klamath Falls. Nine contestants competed this year, in an event themed as “swing time.”

This year’s contestants include: Sarah Bentz, Oregon Institute of Technology; Tori Brooks, Oregon Institute of Technology; Rebecca Caldwell, Klamath Community College; Kendall Cummings, Oregon Institute of Technology; Ashlin Hubble, Rogue Community College; Caitlin Hulsey, Henley High School; Grace Maxfield, Western Governors University; Madison McCuiston, Arizona State University, and Paige Peterson, Oregon Institute of Technology.

Under scrutiny of judges and with a large crowd present, each contestant showcased individual talents, answered questions, presented evening wear, and offered choreographed entertainment. Joining them on stage at one point were the male Klamath Union High School contestants from Friday evening’s Mr. Pelican Pageant for a choreographed dance number as well.

Brooks was named the 2019 Miss Klamath County, a title which garners a $4,000 college scholarship and $1,500 in-kind Klamath Community College (KCC) tuition scholarship. Brooks also won the $1,000 Academic Scholarship.

McCuiston earned the title of Miss City of Sunshine, and with it a $4,000 college scholarship and $1,500 in-kind KCC tuition scholarship. Additionally, she was the recipient of the $1,000 “Care for Our Community” Scholarship, the $400 “Four Points of the Crown” Scholarship, and a $400 “Miracle Maker” Scholarship. McCuiston was also granted the People’s Choice and Kindness awards.

With their titles and tiaras in hand, both Brooks are McCuiston are now eligible to compete in the Miss Oregon Scholarship Pageant in June.

Maxfield earned First Runner-Up, and with it a $1,500 scholarship and $1,000 in-kind KCC tuition scholarship. Second Runner-Up went to Bentz, earning a $1,400 scholarship and $750 in-kind KCC tuition scholarship. Third Runner-Up was awarded to Caldwell, who received a $1,300 scholarship and $750 in-kind KCC tuition scholarship.

Other contestants earning prizes included Hulsey, who received the Non-Finalist Interview ($500) and Non-Finalist Talent ($500) awards, as well as Miss Congeniality ($400 scholarship) and the $400 “Four Points of the Crown” Service Scholarship. Bentz received the Rhonda Ekstrom Memorial Fitness Scholarship ($750). Maxfield was granted the Legacy Award ($500), and Cummings received the $400 “Four Points of the Crown” Success Scholarship. Petersen was given the $400 “Four Points of the Crown” Style Scholarship. Hubble was given a $400 Participation Scholarship.

Sephira Stone was named the 2019 Miss Klamath County Princess, and Kenzie Lyman was named 2019 Miss City of Sunshine Princess.

Brenda Patterson was named Hostess of the Year, and Lori Worthington received the Special Award.

The annual pageant in all offered over $25,000 in scholarships and prizes, and serves as an official preliminary pageant for the Miss Oregon and subsequent Miss America Pageant. Since its inception the pageant has provided roughly $500,000 in scholarships to women in Klamath County.

Sunday marked the 10th annual Miss Southern Gem – Miss Southern Jewel Regional Scholarship Pageant, a regional competition open to residents of Southern Oregon counties. Held at the same venue, contestants from 11 different Oregon counties competed for $1,500 in scholarships. The event also serves as a preliminary qualifier for the Miss Oregon Pageant in June.

Kaila Tripp won the title of Miss Southern Jewel, while Rylee Young was named 2019 Miss Southern Gem.

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