Miss Riverton 2013 will focus on fitness
Kendra Gill, 18, a 2013 Riverton High School graduate, was named Miss Riverton on June 8. Her first and second attendants are Morgan Grillone, 18, 2013 Riverton High School graduate, and Jerly Alcala, 19, a Riverton resident currently attending St. Benedict College in St. Joseph, Minn.
Gill also competed in last year’s pageant and was first attendant to Miss Riverton 2012. Her talent was playing a Scott Joplin piece on the piano, which she has been playing from an early age.
Her platform is “Fit to be you.” She plans to focus on awareness of different body types and the problems of comparing yourself to others.
“You don’t have to look just a certain way. It’s about being healthy and happy,” Gill said. She plans on focusing on establishing small groups for people to work out.
“Whether it’s Zumba or walking, whatever feels right. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gym to make you feel good and feel good about your body,” she said.
As Miss Riverton, Gill receives a $2,000 college scholarship and Grillone and Alcala will each receive a $500 scholarship. Miss Riverton is part of the Miss America pageant, the longest-running and most-giving scholarship program for women in the world.
Each of the nine contestants was judged on lifestyle and fitness, talent, a one-on-one interview with the judges, and poise and presence. There were five judges for the competition, several of whom had competed and directed pageants. Others’ background varied from sports and community volunteers, to professional dancer and choreographers, as well as a talent manager.
The contestants showed off their dancing, piano and guitar playing, cheer and vocal talents for the audience during the pageant and were also recognized for their charity work. All the contestants worked together to raise more than $1,200 for Primary Children’s Medical Center.
As Miss Riverton, Gill will appear at local events and parades throughout the area. She will focus on fitness in the community and work to raise funds for the Miss Utah pageant next year.
In addition to Miss Riverton and her two attendants, two other contestants were recognized. Ashlee Bishop was voted Miss Congeniality by her fellow contestants, and Samantha Turpin was awarded the Miracle Maker Award for raising the most funds, $240, for Primary Children’s Medical Center.