The Miss Mesa contestants included Ellie Aguilar, Janelle Alonzo, Karina Cruz, Jenny Garcia, Cat Kricorian, Zaira Lopez, and Ariana Morales. The Mr. Mesa contestants were Raymond Andrade (senior), Joseph “Taco” Saucedo (senior), Manuel Gutierrez (senior), Eddie Mondragon (junior), Sam Swanson (junior), and Jesus Bravo (sophomore).
There are three categories in the “pageant”: formal wear, talent, and beach wear. After all the contestants competed in each category, the top three boys and girls were chosen. Karina Cruz, Jenny Garcia, Ellie Aguilar, and Janelle Alonzo (Ellie and Janelle tied) were the top girls, and Raymond Andrade, Manuel Gutierrez, and Jesus Bravo were the top boys.
Karina showed off some wicked dance moves when she salsa danced with Manuel Gutierrez for their talent. Raymond also proved that he has some dancing skills in his rendition of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Ellie and Janelle’s talent was giant origami, and Jenny drew a portrait of Mrs. Kahawai. Jesus sung a love song a-cappella.
When it came to the beach wear section, Raymond gave everyone a big laugh as he came out in a hula skirt and coconut bra. Jenny decorated an umbrella with string and eyes and called herself a “Jenny Fish.” Janelle dressed up as a mermaid and Ellie as a tourist. Karina sported a romper and carried avolleyball with her.
After the top boys and girls were chosen, each one answered a random question about themselves. In the end, the judges crowned Karina Cruz as Miss Mesa and Raymond Andrade as Mr. Mesa. Karina’s salsa moves blew everyone away and Raymond kept everyone laughing throughout the competition. Miss Mesa 2015 was a hit.