The participating contestants consisted of Rodriguez and seniors Courtney Hatch, Gabrielle Hoover, Marcie Mathieu, Nakita Rico, and Megan Settles. The boys were Whiteside and seniors Chris Byers, Jake Lux, Eduardo Villegas, and juniors Jimmy Palacios and Logan Whalen.
Juniors McKenna Patton and Royce Friedmann hosted the night. They came with some humorous jokes and exciting lines that got the audience enthused about the next coming act.
As in a traditional pageant the competition consisted of the formal wear, talent, and swim wear components.
There was a wide variety of performances in the talent portion of the competition.
This included Byers, with his enthusiastic rendition of “Everybody Talks” by Neon Trees accompanied by seniors Taylor Jones and Selena Arreola.
Lux challenged himself by balancing a soccer ball on his ankle while juggling ping pong balls. Rodriguez sang “Call Your Girlfriend” by Lennon and Maisy Stella, using cups as her instruments. Rico and senior Alan Aguirre gave a fun and exciting performance with their air guitars to "Kickstart my Heart" by Motley Crew.
Jimmy Palacios was then brought to the stage where he sang “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction in Spanish.
Palacios expressed how he “was looking forward to the talent portion to see what the other competitors did.”
Probably the most memorable of all was junior Logan Whalen dancing to “Single Ladies” by Beyonce alongside Jones and Arreola.
As the talent portion came to a close, the swimwear began. All contestants strolled on stage in pairs. Lux and Hatch had their own take on swimwear and came fully clothed in winter wear.
Remaining contestants were given a Q&A before the judges made their final decisions.
“I love judging the show,” Poveda shared when asked about his participation. “I’ve done it lots of times before; I will always try to judge this if I can. The students at this school are just fabulous, they have such great spirit, they put on such a great show.”
Soldin had similar feelings. “I think it is great fun. I love to see the variety of talent, the humor, and the fun. The kids have a great time doing it.”
Both winners were, in different ways, not expecting to win.
“Of course all of us went into it wanting to win," Whiteside expressed. "But I knew I had some very good competitors up against me and I respect all the guys I went up against. It was a tough competition and it definitely was not easy, we all had to try our hardest.”
“I was very surprised [about winning]," Rodriguez shared regarding her win. "Courtney [Hatch] and Megan [Settles] did an awesome job; they were so funny and so cute. I would have been ok with not winning, but winning was such a surprise and such a great surprise!”
Written by Kelsey Armstrong