Caloosa Belle

Kiwanis showcase first beauty pageant

The LaBelle Kiwanis held its first Beauty Pageant on Saturday, September 17 at the American Legion post 130. The event was spearheaded by Jackie Zavala, who has been active in the pageant scene for years.

Here are the 2016 Kiwanis Pageant winners Miss Kiwanis Destiny Cortez, Petite Miss – Marissa Barksdale, Tiny Miss – Remington Ergle and Young Miss – Haylee O’Bannon. (Submitted photo/Val White)

“Young women need an outlet. Some place to showcase their poise, confidence, and independence. Not everyone is an athlete or artist, but everyone dreams of being a princess & even if it’s just for one day, that dream comes true,” Zavala says.

The pageant was emceed by Myra Johnson who eased the nerves of the twelve beautiful contestants with her contagious smile.

Patricia Longoria, Atavias Allen, Tracy Nobles, Adam Podsednik, and Val White truly had the daunting task of judging the pageant. Karan Roach and Judy Paskvan were the talliers. Tracy Miller acted as Judges Liason while Mary Bartoshuk helped the contestants backstage. Novie Kohutek provided entertainment.

When all was said and done the much anticipated announcement was made.
2016 Miss Kiwanis Destiny Cortez
2016 Petite Miss – Marissa Barksdale
2016 Tiny Miss – Remington Ergle
2016 Young Miss – Haylee O’Bannon

The Kiwanis pageant would like to thank the American Legion for use of the hall, Raging Grafix for donating the sashes, and LaBelle Family Florist for donating the gorgeous bouquets.