Reyes bags first runner-up title, 5 other awards
Gianna Chantal Sizemore Camacho was crowned 2014 Miss Marianas Teen, while Tiana Tudela Reyes bagged the 2014 Miss Marianas First Runner-Up during a night of pomp and pageantry that Stellar Marianas successfully pulled off on Saturday after a six-year hiatus.
Camacho also walked off with the Miss Photogenic award, while Reyes bagged five other awards: Best in Talent, Best in Evening Gown, Best in Fitness, Best in Fun Fashion, and IT&E Texters’ Choice Award.
Camacho, who comes from a family of beauty queens, will represent the CNMI in the Miss Teen International pageant after besting 15 other contestants.
“I’m so happy,” Camacho, 16, said moments after bagging the tiara, and went on to thank her mother, 1982 Miss Marianas Universe Sheryl Sizemore, her stepfather Harry Blanco, sisters, the whole family and nonprofit pageant and talent group Stellar Marianas. “I could not have done any of this without you.”
Sizemore said she was excited for her daughter’s victory, adding that her daughter’s hard work and positive attitude helped her win the crown. Her daughter is an incoming junior at Saipan International School.
“And I also know there was a bit of pressure for her because it runs in the family. We’re a family of beauty queens. Both my sister and I were beauty queens,” said the 1982 Miss Marianas Universe whose crown was passed to her by her sister, Cindy Sizemore, the 1981 Miss Marianas Universe.
Reyes, for her part, said it’s been a “long journey” and is also thankful for the outpouring of support and encouragement.
“I feel great. It’s amazing to even have the first runner-up title. It’s been such a long journey and I feel that I worked hard and I feel great about this award,” the 16-year-old Reyes said moments after the pageant proper ended at World Resort Saipan in Susupe.
Like Camacho, Reyes also plans on joining the Miss Marianas Universe when they get older. Reyes is an incoming senior at Saipan Southern High School.
Besides Camacho and Reyes, the three others that made it to the Top 5 were Emmalou Mae Dela Cruz Cabrera, an incoming senior at Kagman High School; Allysha Hillary Sabanal Lloren, a Saipan Southern High School graduate; and Savannah Lyn Relox Delos Santos, an incoming senior at Mount Carmel School.
The 16-year-old Delos Santos was bestowed the 2014 Stellar Star Award and the 2014 Miss Teen Marianas Friendship Award.
Each of the Top 5 contestants answered the same question from program host Nola Hix, “What’s the third industry would you introduce in the CNMI?”
The contestants came up with varied answers: For Cabrera, it’s recycling to address littering on the islands; for Lloren, an oil industry that she hopes will alleviate the hardships caused by exorbitant gas prices in the CNMI; for Delos Santos, a unique chicken kelaguen industry; for Camacho, an industry that brings together different cultures; and for Reyes, a clothing industry that the CNMI can be proud of in terms of style.
The 16 teen contestants for 2014 flashed their pearly whites, strutted in their evening gowns, showcased their creative talents, and shared a piece of their mind in a quest for the tiara, a $1,000 cash and an all-expense-paid travel opportunity to compete at the Miss Teen International, among other things.
The other pageant contestants were Maria Theresa Dela Rosa Dizon, Nemerlyn Marianas Magat, Marcelyn Quitugua Castro, Aiko Denoso Erungel, Chelsea Karen Llova Fama, Sheena Virrey Serrano, Renita Shanel De Leon Fleming, Lynette Joyce Vasquez, Aurora Felizario David, Jacklyn Montuerto Garote, and Michella Anne Manuel Faller.
2014 Miss Idaho USA Yvette DLG. Bennett, who hails from Saipan, crowned the 2014 Miss Marianas Teen. Pageant sponsors presented the other awards.
The panel of judges included Tan Holdings Corp. senior vice president and chief financial officer Eli Arago; 2014 Miss Idaho USA Yvette DLG. Bennett; DFS Saipan area general manager Bruce Lorange; Delta Air Lines sales executive Christopher A. Concepcion; and RE/MAX Paradise Realty manager Natalie Mable E. Ayuyu. Ernst & Young was the tabulator.
In between competitions, families, sponsors, and other guests were treated to performances from Saipan Music and Dance Studio, CNMI Got Talent winner Bernice Sabino, and Marianas High School Glee Club.
Stellar Marianas, a nonprofit pageant and talent group, is the brain behind Little Miss Marianas, Miss Marianas Teen, and Miss Marianas Universe pageants. Stellar Marianas took a break from organizing these pageants in 2008. In January 2015, the group will hold the Miss Marianas Universe pageant.