Saipan-born-and-raised Yvette Bennett bested 26 other contestants to win the 2014 Miss Idaho USA Beauty Pageant held yesterday at the Nampa Civic Center in Canyon County, Idaho,
According to her parents, Ambrose and Lillian, “Yvette is a true champion if there ever was one, as she didn’t give up after losing last year nor did she let anything deter her from accomplishing her goal. Yvette is living proof that hard work, making sacrifices, being persistent, and giving it your all in pursuing your goals will all pay off in the end.”
Yvette Bennett also won Miss Photogenic and a lot of prizes that included everything she will need to prepare for the 2014 Miss USA national competition.
Ambrose and Lillian said they learned that Yvette won after her twin sister, Yvonne, called them early yesterday morning. They said it was Yvonne who called because Yvette was still being photographed and interviewed by the media.
“We were so excited, we know the neighbors had to hear us yelling and crying with joy! All we could do was thank God and congratulate each other as parents in tears as there were no words we could say. We also attended Mass and thanked God and got on the Internet and started to spread the good news.”
Even before the start of the pageant proper, Yvonne Bennett told their parents that the Kagman High School alumnus is a cinch to win the 2014 Miss Idaho USA title.
“Yvette worked so hard to prepare for the pageant and it was very obvious as Yvonne informed us after the preliminaries that ‘it’s not even close’ and that Yvette should win,” said Ambrose and Lillian.
Yvonne, in a Facebook message to Saipan Tribune, said she couldn’t be more proud for her twin sister.
“It is definitely more than winning a crown and sash! She now has the job of her dreams and I know she will be amazing at it. She has worked so hard and I am beyond proud of her, she is very deserving of this title and she just made history in the CNMI! Glad to call her my twin.”
Nola Hix, a close friend of the twins, wishes Yvette Bennett the best of luck in the 2014 Miss USA competition.
“I’m crying tears of joy right now. Yvette has come so far and she worked so hard. I’ve never known anyone to be as passionate as she is. All the hard work has finally paid off and she just made history. She put a twist to the Cinderella story with an island girl dream. Definitely something the CNMI can celebrate forever and we wish her nothing but the best of luck.”
With her victory in the 2014 Miss Idaho USA competition, she will now represent her adopted home state in the 2014 Miss USA beauty pageant that will be held at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Doral, Florida, and televised throughout the U.S.
Bennett, the 2013 Miss Idaho International, last finished in the Top 15 and won the Spirit Award in the 2013 Miss USA International pageant held in June in Florida.
“Yvette sends un dunku lu na si yu’us ma’ase to everyone who was cheering for her and voting for her online,” said Ambrose and Lillian. “She sends a special thanks to those who contributed financially, especially David Kautz, who is her boyfriend who purchased her evening gown and to her mom and dad for raising her to be the woman she has become today.”