Tiaras and gowns graced Canyon Lake Middle School Saturday during the 2011 Southwest California Pageants event that saw the crownings of 2011's Miss Lake Elsinore, Miss Wildomar, and Miss Menifee.
Peggy Sue Johnson, 16, was honored as 2011’s Miss Wildomar; Katie Jaye Pape, 19, was crowned Miss Lake Elsinore; and Willow Rose Bryan, 19, won the Miss Menifee title.
“I have always wanted to do pageants since I saw them on TV, but certain things have stopped me before. But now it is my time!” Pape said. “I am excited to get to know the Queens because I have heard that last year's Queens became really close during their year together."
"I wanted to get more involved with the community, and now I am looking forward to the social events, and learning from the experience,” Bryan said.
"I am really excited that I got the opportunity last year and again this year," Johnson said, who took the title of Miss Teen Wildomar during last year's Southwest California Pageants event. "I feel like I will take on more responsibility this year now that I am older -- I will be a role model to the younger girls.
"I love my city and am very honored!" Johnson added.
The young ladies will be involved in their respective cities and local communities throughout the year. They will be participating in special events, charity fundraisers, parades, attending city and Chamber of Commerce events, providing community service for non-profit organizations, and serving as mentors and peer leaders for girls and young women throughout the region.
Saturday’s three-city pageant also saw the crowning of pre-teen, junior, teen, and senior titles for married and mature women.
"There have been people in my life who had made a difference, and I am thrilled to give back and create opportunities for young women,” said Anne Bowman, owner and director of Southwest California Pageants. “They will have the opportunity to be of service, and also give back. I believe (in) doing what you can do with what you have been given."