New Miss Riverton crowned
Morgan Grillone was crowned the new Miss Riverton in a ceremony on Sept 3, after Kendra Gill stepped down. (See story pg 9) Morgan performed her talent from the pageant, playing the guitar and singing “Titanium” for the audience of family, friends, city officials and previous title holders from former years.
Grillone recently graduated from Riverton High School and will be attending Utah Valley University. She enjoys music and has been playing the guitar for seven years.
“I’ve been singing my whole life,” Grillone said. It’s something she plans to continue in college, she added.
Grillone will spend the rest of the year representing the city at community functions, preparing and raising funds for the Miss Utah pageant next summer and working on her platform—depression awareness.
“I chose to work on depression awareness and spreading self-confidence because it is something I struggled with myself in middle school and high school. It was a hard time for me as I struggled to find my voice,” Grillone said.
“Self-confidence is something everybody needs, and it can affect anyone, even the sports star or the SBO officer,” she said.
Grillone would like to set up workshops with middle and high school students to build self-confidence and to show them that they are each special. She would like to educate people and help remove the stigma associated with depression.
Grillone said she is ready and excited for the opportunity to represent her city.
“We so appreciate her readiness to step in, and her enthusiasm,” Pageant Director Sean Wilson said.
“Morgan’s a beautiful, wonderful young lady who will represent the city so well,” Mayor Bill Applegarth said. “It’s a little late, but that doesn’t take away from her importance, her skills and all the good that she’ll do. We’re so proud of her.”