Tracey Young, Miss Chaves County 2011, left, and DeAnna Jerge, Miss Roswell 2011, pose for photos following the Miss Roswell/Miss Chaves County Scholarship Pageant Saturday evening at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. (Mark Wilson Photo)
Saturdayâ€™s Miss Roswell-Miss Chaves County scholarship pageant, a pageant on the Miss America circuit, featured more than four glammed up women in cosmetics and extravagant outfits.
It was a competition that focused on leadership and service, and the breadth, depth and creativity of each and every competitor looking to hold the title of Miss Roswell and Miss Chaves County.
â€œItâ€™s about scholarship,â€ Desiree Markham, former Miss Chaves County 2010 said. â€œItâ€™s a lot all in one. Itâ€™s [also] about your personal platform and being able to talk about something that is important and really meaningful to you.â€
Roswell women ages 17-24 competed in Saturdayâ€™s pageant at the Roswell Convention and Civic Center. Judging categories included interview, fitness, swimsuit and talent. The women were required to reach beyond their outer appearances, by engaging judges and audience members in conversation and through their various talents and service proposal platforms. The emcees for the evening were Heather Bullock, former Miss Roswell 2010, and Markham.
Bullock awarded the title and crown of Miss Roswell 2011 to DeAnna Jerge, 17, a senior at Goddard High School.
â€œI was so surprised,â€ Jerge said. â€œI decided one week ago that I was going to do this pageant. I worked every day for hours and hours to perfect my routines and get caught up on current events. Miss America is such an amazing organization, and to be part of Miss Roswell is just an honor.â€
Markham awarded the title and crown of Miss Chaves County to Tracey Young, 21, a senior at Aladdin Beauty College.
â€œI practiced every night for two weeks, from seven to 10,â€ Young said. â€œIâ€™m really excited to go compete for (the) state (title). Roswell has a lot of talent to bring to the Miss New Mexico Pageant. Weâ€™ve had two former Miss Roswell become Miss New Mexico. Maybe this is our year.â€
Jerge and Young will receive a $250 scholarship upon completion of their proposed service platform projects. The winners of this yearâ€™s pageant presented two unique projects. Jerge will seek to raise awareness about recycling to teens through her â€œTeens Go Greenâ€ recycling program, which she started at Goddard High School.
Youngâ€™s project would aim to â€œeducate the publicâ€ on medical hair loss, and encourage people to donate their hair to Locks of Love for Children or Quick Weaves for Others, a program for adults.
Jerge and Young will represent Roswell at Juneâ€™s Miss New Mexico Pageant at the Spencer Theatre in Ruidoso. In addition to their new titles, they will represent Roswell throughout 2011 at various community events.
â€œI am so excited to represent Roswell, because I love Roswell,â€ Jerge said. â€œI want to support it and show how awesome it truly is. What makes Roswell beautiful is the people here and how much they care for one another. I pride myself on community service. This will allow me to expand my work.â€
â€œI think it will be really cool to represent Roswell … and be a good role model for kids,â€ Young said. â€œI think it will be really nice.â€
The title of Miss Roswell 2011 alternate and runnerup was awarded to BrianaLeigh Morfin, 20, of Oje Caliente. Morfin is a sophomore at the University of New Mexico. The Miss Chaves County 2011 alternate and runner-up title went to Breann Prichard, 18, a Roswell High graduate and freshman at Eastern New Mexico University-Portales.
The competition was judged by David Duer, of Century 21 Home Planning; Mary Hart, Sweet Leilanis director; Travis Hicks, Desert Sun Motors executive manager; Brooke Linthicum, Eastern New Mexico Medical Center marketing director; Andrew Poertner, Roswell Daily Record editor, and Tom Ruiz of KBIM Radio news director.
The Miss Roswell Pageant was sponsored by the Keep Roswell Beautiful Foundation, Roswell Convention and Civic Center and the Roswell Chamber of Commerce. Miss New Mexico 2010, Madison Tabet, and several other state pageant winners were on hand during the evening.