Photo by Julia Hart
Savannah Landeros, 15, center, reacts to being selected Miss Washington Shining Star in the junior division Saturday. Also pictured are, left to right, Maegan Weiler of Yakima, Evelyn Merrick of Prosser, Landereros, Hannah Frazier of Prosser and Ashley Thorson of Moxee.
As of Tuesday, February 7, 2017
A pair of Tacoma friends claimed top honors at the third annual Shining Star Pageant at Bethel Church Saturday.
Kymber Coville, 25, was selected the Miss Shining Star in the women’s division for candidates ages 20 and older.
Her friend, Mary Sinclair, 21, who invited Kymber to travel to Prosser for the pageant, was awarded the Friendship medal.
Tysha Snyder, 19, of Royal City, and Ashley Thorson, 15, of Moxee received friendship medals for inviting a friend to the pageant.
They were among 41 “differently abled” girls and women to participate.
Savannah Landeros, 15, of Sunnyside, was selected Miss Washington Shining Star in junior division for girls ages 14-16. Tammy Riley, 18, of Yakima, was the shining star among the 17-19 senior division candidates.
The older divisions were judged in the afternoon with the younger candidates’ portion of the pageant in the morning.
Shelby Castro, 8, of Prosser was the Shining Star Queen in the 5-8 division and Maggie McCain of West Richland was the elementary division, ages 9-13, queen.
More than 1,100 pairs of pajamas were collected as a part of the pageant’s community service project.
Members of the Central Washington Building Trades donated 163 pajamas.
Keanah Priddy, 14, of Moxie, Roni Smith, 17, of Benton City and Kymber Coville received Community Service medals for collecting pajamas.
Sierra Danson, 8, of Kennewick, and Macie Skardorwa, 9, of Richland, also earned community service honors.
The pajamas will be distributed to area children’s hospitals and children’s wards for those who arrive at the medical facilities without bedwear.
Last year, contestants collected more than 600 pajamas as the state’s only pageant for girls with different abilities, pageant organizer Rene Satterfield Martinez said.
Martinez began the pageant three years ago, at the request of her daughter, Sofia, who caught the pageant bug. The first pageant had 15 contestants.
“Last year we had 34 candidates,” Martinez said.
The program continues to grow, drawing more girls from outside of the Lower Yakima Valley region.
“This was our biggest pageant and we had to divide the program into two parts,” Martinez said. “But I think it worked out well.”