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Miller chosen queen over Fathoms court
Seventeen-year-old Devenn Miller was crowned queen during the 2014 Fathoms o’ Fun Festival Royalty Pageant held March 1 at the Christian Life Center.
Miller, a junior at South Kitsap High School, was shocked at the announcement.
“Oh my gosh, it’s amazing,” said Miller after the pageant. “I wasn’t expecting it at all. I’m really excited.”
Her platform for the pageant was the Holly Ridge Center because of her special needs brother Cory. She plans to become a child psychologist.
Miller, a member of the high school dance team, said she has been dancing for 12 years. She performed a jazz dance to theme music from “The Pink Panther.”
Along with being named queen, Miller will be awarded $1,500 in scholarship money.
Miller, the daughter of Joel and Kerry Miller, won six of the 10 awards presented at the pageant. She was awarded for top ticket sales ($50), best oral essay ($75), best formal wear ($75), best talent ($100), congeniality ($150) and the Debbie Macomber Award ($250) for her essay.
Sami Newhouse and Soriany Sutman, both 17-year-old SKHS seniors, were selected as princesses for the royal court, while Jennifer Le Pregnall, a 17-year-old SKHS sophomore, will serve as ambassador. The princesses received $1,000 each in scholarship money, while the ambassador will get $500.
Newhouse was honored for top button/pin sales ($50) and for impromptu question ($75), while Sutman was recognized for top sponsor/ad sales ($100) and Jennifer Le Pregnall for the Spirit Award ($50).
“I look forward to working with this new court,” said Helene Jensen, Fathoms royalty director. “They are full of enthusiasm and eager to go out into the community and continue to do the community work we have been doing in the past years.”
Victoria Hall, a 17-year-old student at Olympic College, was named as second-runner up and Preston Williams, a 17-year-old SKHS junior, was third runner up. Williams was the lone male contestant. Both received $50 in scholarship money, which was donated by Mayor Tim Matthes.
Matthes presented the $150 Mayor’s Award to outgoing king Aaron Thomas for most hours volunteering.
Jensen said all of the onstage awards will be awarded at the end of the court’s reign to the college of their choice.
Jensen said groups and organizations who would like the court to attend their event can contact her through the Fathoms o’ Fun Festival Facebook page.