DOWNEY - Erika Gonzalez, a 21-year-old Cerritos College student, was named Miss Downey before a capacity crowd last Saturday at the Downey Theatre.Joining her in the Miss Downey court are princesses Geneve Melendez, a 19-year-old student at Rio Hondo College; Alyssa Rico, a 22-year-old student at Biola University; and Giovanna Dan and Genesis Anguiano, both 16 and students at Downey High School. Jona Capino, 14, was named Miss Teen Downey. She attends Cornelia Connelly High School. The Miss Teen Downey court also includes princesses Sofia Moreno, 14, of Downey High School; Lauren Baumann, 14, of Our Lady of Perpetual Help School; and Michelle Ferrufino, 15 of Downey High School. Lunabe Oliver-Zamora, a 12-year-old student at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, was named Jr. Miss Downey. Her court includes princesses Daisy Romero, 12, of Griffiths Middle School; Aveonna Bobbit, 11, also a student at Griffiths; and Bailey Campbell, 12, of East Middle School. Seventy-four girls took part in the Miss Downey Pageant, competing in Interviews, Fun Wear, Business Wear, Evening Gown and On-Stage questions. The event opened with a number choreographed by Liz Vega-Gomez, owner of OnStage Dance Center. Contestants danced to Katy Perry's "Firework" to correspond with the pageant's theme of "Shooting Stars." The 13 winners will assist the Downey Rose Float Association with yearround fundraisers and represent the city at local functions. The courts will also join local service organizations with their fundraising efforts and community projects. To schedule an event with the courts, contact Rose Float president Kelley Roberts or court chaperone Mercy White online at downeyrose.org or missdowney.com.
********** Published: March 24, 2011 - Volume 9 - Issue 49