Coral Shores Girls Vie for Title of Miss Coral Shores This Saturday

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Coral Shores Girls Vie for Title of Miss Coral Shores This Saturday

Miss Coral Shores contestants pose together in the Coral Shores courtyard.

Miss Coral Shores contestants pose together in the Coral Shores courtyard.

GABRIEL SANCHEZ

Miss Coral Shores contestants pose together in the Coral Shores courtyard.

GABRIEL SANCHEZ

GABRIEL SANCHEZ

Miss Coral Shores contestants pose together in the Coral Shores courtyard.

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On Saturday, April 28, the coveted title of Miss Coral Shores will be passed on from current title holder senior Julianne Jankowski, to one of the ten junior girls selected to compete in the scholarship contest. These girls were chosen based on many factors, such as academic integrity, character, leadership, extra-curricular activities, and community service. The Miss Coral Shores contest is coordinated by Chi Sigma Sorority; rehearsals run by Ms. Julie Eakin and Coral Shores ESE Staffing Specialist Ms. Mindie Pais.

HURRICANE WATCH//SARAH KELLEY Contestants Bella Olsen and Tara Amador wear their Miss Coral Shores shirts to school to promote the contest.

With a ticket price of $5 at the door, the Miss Coral Shores contest will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Coral Shores Performing Arts Center, with the opening dance routine choreographed by Ms. Pais.

“I’m super excited for the opening dance because it’s really fun just to be in,” junior Isabella Olsen said. “I just laugh the whole time.”

The opening number will be followed by a brief introduction of each contestant, and then the personal showcase segment will begin. Each contestant was given the liberty to create an original performance or film reel displaying their interests and personalities.

“It’s been really cool to get to see everyone’s secret talents,” junior Shannon McCormick said. “I found out that Katie Robinson is an amazing pianist; she’s like a mini Beethoven.”

Olsen has been fine-tuning her self-choreographed dance routine both during and outside Miss Coral Shores rehearsals.

“I started choreographing my solo at the end of spring break, which was right before the first rehearsal, so I was super nervous to show it in front of everyone because it was rough in the early stages,” Olsen said. “At this point, I think we’re all very well prepared, myself included.”

The third segment of the contest is the evening wear competition. Each contestant will be accompanied by a male escort as she presents herself in an evening gown during the reading of her biography, which illustrates the essence of her character for the judges and audience.

McCormick finds this segment of the competition particularly amusing.

HURRICANE WATCH// SEAMUS DOUGHERTY: Photos of the Miss Coral Shores contestants are displayed in the Performing Arts Center lobby.

“I’m excited to see how everyone and their escorts are going to look on stage because I just think it’s funny,” McCormick said.

The final portion of the contest is the announcement of the five finalists, who will each be required to answer the same question on stage. The judges will then tabulate final scores to determine the Second Princess, First Princess, and Miss Coral Shores. The Miss Congeniality title and the winner of the Judy Hoke award will also be announced at this time. Miss Congeniality is voted on by the contestants, and the Judy Hoke award is given to the girl who Ms. Julie and other involved members of Chi Sigma believed to be the most prudent contestant throughout rehearsals.

Rehearsals for the contest began in March after the rigorous selection process. Each candidate was required to fill out an application, write an essay, and attend a formal one-on-one interview with the three judges. The girls who were selected were then required to attend meetings, photoshoots, and rehearsals to prepare for the contest.

Both Olsen and McCormick believe that the contestants have formed camaraderies and come together as a team throughout the rehearsal process.

“During rehearsals, we all make jokes together, but also give each other constructive criticism, which I think helps us bond and get better as a group, rather than just individually,” Olsen said. “I’m very excited to see what Saturday brings.”

McCormick is feeling relaxed and very excited for Saturday night.

“I can’t wait to be backstage with the girls and see everyone get hyped for the show and eat snacks together,” McCormick said.

 

 

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