Miss Placentia and Miss Yorba Linda crowned
From the Orange County Register
by Stephanie Weldy
Clad in multihued gowns that lighted up Valencia High School's auditorium stage, nine young women competing for the titles of Miss Placentia and Miss Yorba Linda stood anxiously Saturday night, waiting for the evening's winners to be named.
When the big moment arrived, Carly Valdes was crowned Miss Placentia 2013; Kaitlin Urell was named Miss Yorba Linda 2013.
Nearly 350 people – including Placentia Mayor Scott Nelson and Yorba Linda Mayor Tom Lindsey – watched the contestants (ages 17 to 21) vie for the titles, more than $16,000 in scholarship funds and the opportunity to compete in the 2013 Miss California Pageant, the official preliminary to the Miss America contest.
The contestants were judged by their performances in an onstage question-and-answer session, a talent portion and a lifestyle and fitness segment. The women were also asked to adopt platform statements. The women pledged to work toward bettering society through charitable acts that ranged from ending bullying to preventing animal cruelty.
Valdes is a 20-year-old junior at Cal State Fullerton said she is honored to work with Placentia residents at city events, among them concerts in the park, IHOP National Pancake Day and the Placentia Heritage Festival.
"I've never been part of a program that puts so much work and effort into their titleholders," Valdes said. "I know I made the right decision to compete here and it's just an overall blessing that I was able to win."
During the talent portion, Valdes belted out "Astonishing" (in operatic style) from the Broadway musical "Little Women." When asked on stage what could be done to improve the quality of American education, she said that more funds need to be pumped into schools.
Urell, 21, a junior at Cal State Fullerton, also chose to serenade the audience with a Broadway show tune. She performed "For Good" from "Wicked." Urell said she put her all into her evening's performance.
"This is incredible," Urell said. "I never thought that I would be here today. I'm just so humbled and honored to be representing Yorba Linda and to be serving our community."