Correction 4/18: The names of the Barstow Pre-Teen Queen and Barstow Sweetheart have been corrected.
BARSTOW • The flash and sparkle of rhinestones and glitter lit up a camouflage backdrop at the Old Gym at Barstow High School on Saturday night as 15 girls competed for top honors and paid tribute to members of the military at the 72nd Annual Barstow Pageant.
Anne-Shirley Harpole, 19, was chosen by a panel of judges to be Miss Barstow 2011 and Juliet Manzanares, 14, was chosen as the new Teen Miss Barstow. The two will become ambassadors to the community and will participate in community and charity events throughout the year.
Harpole will succeed Angelica Rodriguez as Miss Barstow, while Manzanares will succeed Charli Burnett as Teen Miss Barstow. Rodriguez said at the awards show that her favorite of the many community events she participated in was Christmas Cops for Kids, because of the reaction from the children — some of whom would not receive any other gifts if it wasn't for the community's help. Before the winners were announced, Rodriguez told all of the girls that they needed to prepare themselves for a year of hard work and great memories.
"I feel truly blessed to have had this opportunity," said Rodriguez.
The ceremony kicked off with a tribute to the military, including a special video presentation of the national anthem which showed photos of participant's family members who were involved in the military.
Girls who did not win the actual titles of Teen and Miss Barstow were still able to compete for various prizes. According to pageant organizers, the prize package for the Barstow is the most generous of any local pageant in the country and even rivals some state and national competitions. Even babies can participate in the pageant, which pageant director Kris Watson says helps girls become involved in the community at a very young age.
The pageant may be 72 years old, but organizers are keeping up with the latest in technology and social networking by offering Miss and Teen Tweetheart for the girls who gathered the most followers on Twitter.
Prior to the main event Saturday night, contestants participated in an interview session with a panel of judges. They then modeled sportswear or swimsuits and evening gowns on Saturday night. The top five contestants also responded to an impromptu question on stage.
Harpole and Manzanares were not available for interview immediately following their crowning. The Desert Dispatch will profile them in upcoming stories.
2011 Barstow Pageant Winners
Miss Barstow: Anne-Shirley Harpole
Miss Barstow First Princess: Destinee Adams
Miss Barstow Second Princess: Shelby Hawes
Teen Miss Barstow: Juliet Manzanares
Teen Miss Barstow First Princess: Nicole Gutierrez
Teen Miss Barstow Second Princess: Taylor Britt
Pre-teen Queen: Leah Ritualo
Young Queen: Haley Sanetti
Junior Queen: Kelsey Pickett
Pixie Queen: Alalaya Sprowl
Little Queen: Sophia Johnston
Tiny Queen: Kylie Rose Sanchez-Johnston
Petite Queen: Ianna-Heart Smith
Baby Queen: Pariauna Jeffers
2011 Barstow Hostess: Cheyenne Gonzales
2011 Barstow Hostess Empress: Caitlyn Bawden
Barstow Sweetheart: Sollienda Garcia
Barstow Mini Supreme: Ayanna Rodriguez Hall
Barstow Supreme: Cassidy Garrard
Junior Talent Winner: Cassidy Garrard
Senior Talent Winner: Alicia Rodriguez
Ticket Sales Winner: Anne-Shirley Harpole
Advertising Sales Winner: Anne-Shirley Harpole
Teen Photogenic Award: Juliet Manzanares
Miss Photogenic Award: Shelby Hawes
Cover Model Award: Ashley Sours
Cover Model Runners-up: Nicole Gutierrez and Anne-Shirley Harpole
Centerfold Winner: Juliet Manzanares
Portfolio Winners: Candace Rose and Anne-Shirley Harpole
Teen Miss Congeniality: Taylor Britt
Miss Congeniality: Anne-Shirley Harpole
Teen Most Improved: Alycia Rodriguez
Miss Most Improved: Karla Cervantes
Coach's Award: Anne-Shirley Harpole
Overall Coach's Award: Taylor Briggs
Best Swimsuit Award: Shelby Hawes
Teen Best Gown Award: Ashley Sallee
Miss Best Gown Award: Destinee Adams
Scholarship Winners: Ashley Sours and Anne-Shirley Harpole
Teen People's Choice Awards: Taylor Briggs
Miss People's Choice Awards: Candace Rose
Teen Tweetheart: Taylor Briggs
Miss Tweetheart: Candace Rose
Teen Finalists: Breanna Ruelas and Ashley Sallee
Miss Finalists: Candace Ross and Jordan Hodges
Teen Contestants of Distinction: Sarah Gomez and Breanna Ruelas
Miss Contestants of Distinction: Karla Cervantes, Taimane Mejia, Ashley Sours