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SK teens compete for crown

Alexis Miller, Aleisha Miller, and Joanna Aquino talk with members of the Port Orchard Lions Club.  - Brett Cihon
Alexis Miller, Aleisha Miller, and Joanna Aquino talk with members of the Port Orchard Lions Club.
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Update: The event starts at 5 p.m., not 7 pm.

The speeches are written. The talents have been rehearsed. The party wear is pressed and ready.

The only thing left to do for the four South Kitsap High School girls vying to be Royal Court members to the Fathoms O’ Fun Festival is to actually perform in the 2012 Royalty Pageant held Saturday at the Christian Life Center at 5 p.m.

Oh, if only becoming royalty was that simple.

“It should be a lot of fun,” 17-year-old Aleisha Miller said about Saturday night’s event. “It’s a little nerve-racking, but mostly fun.”

The girls looking to become Royalty Court members – Alisha and Alexis Miller, Joanna Aquino and Tamika Tiller – said by  the time Saturday night’s event rolls around, performing in front of a crowd will feel like old hat. The contestants have already had five speaking engagements in front of local service organizations, with their speeches graded and critiqued into their final pageant score.

Their speaking topic? Mystic Dragons of the Sands of the Salish Seas. A topic open to interpretation.

“The theme of the speeches was a little crazy,” said Tiller.

Tiller’s three-minute speech involves dragons, travels with Lola and all sorts of elements from Port Orchard. Sharron King, the Chair of the Fathoms O’ Fun board of directors, said synthesizing a fantastical speaking down into something relevant and interesting was a method to help the girls prepare for anything put in front of them.

“The winners of the pageant will be ambassadors to Port Orchard,” King said. “Whatever the public needs, these girls will be able to help provide.”

The duties of the pageant queen and two princesses are varied. Reigning for a little more than a year, the Royal Court will cut ribbons, attend openings and do various other civic duties. The winners will have to contribute about 750 hours of community service during their reign.

“They can work as many as four parades in one day,” King said.

But before the parades and ribbon cutting, the winners must be crowned. Along with the pageant, Saturday’s event will include a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets to the event will be $10 for adults and $8 for students. All of the proceeds will go to benefit the Court’s scholarship program, which will contribute $1,000 to the queen of the pageant and $500 to each princess.

Each of the girls plan to go to college, they said, and must have maintained a 2.5 grade point average at the time of the competition.

At a Port Orchard Lions Club event on March 15, the prospective court recited their speech, afterwards taking questions from the audience. The girls fielded questions about Afghanistan War veterans and humanitarian issues that would make a seasoned beauty queen struggle. But they stood poised, reminding viewers of a quote from Tiller’s speech:

“Is it a crown that makes you the most Fathoms O’ Fun, or the journey you take to get there?”

 

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