■ Chronicle News Service
The Historic Hemet Theatre once again was home to the 67th annual Miss Hemet/Miss San Jacinto Competition Nov. 19. Some 22 women took the stage to showcase their spirit of the valley.
Competition categories included costume, evening wear, and an on-stage question and answer sessions.
The title of Miss Hemet 2018 was awarded to 18-year-old Tahquitz High School graduate Angel Augustine of Hemet, and San Jacinto Valley Academy (SJVA) senior Brianna Acevedo was crowned Miss San Jacinto 2018.
Western Center Academy sophomore Chyleah Thompson was crowned Miss Teen Hemet 2018, and Western Center Academy senior Emily Kotyuk was crowned Miss Teen San Jacinto 2018.
Along with the above mentioned titles, the Valley Queens Program returned the title of Mrs. Hemet 2018, which was awarded to Michelle Kerlin, who is an instructional aide with the Hemet Unified School District. Faith Juarez of SJVA was crowned Miss Jr. Teen Hemet 2018 and Emma Howard of SJVA was crowned Miss. Jr. Teen San Jacinto 2018.
Started in 1947 as a way for local young women to sell war bonds, today the Miss Hemet/Miss San Jacinto Scholarship Program supports young women by providing scholarship assistance and encourages youth of the San Jacinto Valley to fulfill a year of community service and serve as ambassadors for the cities of Hemet and San Jacinto.
The 22 candidates vying for the titles of Miss Teen and Jr. Teen competed in six distinct categories: Personal Interview, Spirit of the Valley Costume, Eveningwear, Onstage Question, Pre-pageant Participation, and Academic Achievement. Mrs. Contestants competed in five phases of competition: Personal Interview, Spirit of the Valley Costume, Eveningwear, Onstage Question, and Pre-pageant Participation.
“We are proud of the accomplishments of all candidates and our 2018 titleholders,” said Miguel Sarasa, program director.
“We are additionally grateful to the support of the community such as our sponsors, The Soboba Foundation and the city of Hemet for their continued support of the youth of our valley.”