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OV Pageant Names 2010 Winners

By Sondra Murphy

The Oak View Community Center and attendees looked dashing Saturday during the annual Miss Oak View Pageant of Excellence.

Layla Ramirez is living proof that persistence pays off. A three-time pageant contestant, the very poised Ramirez took home the Miss Oak View 2010 crown.
Besides the excitement of the young ladies walking down the runway, the event served to debut the new chairs purchased due to January’s “Treasure for Chairs” benefit, collaborated on by Oak View Civic Council and Oak View Recreation Commission and supported by the many community groups who regularly use the center.
Following dinner prepared by the Ojai Valley Moose Lodge, the pageant began with a dance number to “All That Jazz” by all 15 contestants, plus last year’s winners, while Meagan Rose sang two songs to entertain between competition events, as well as “The Star-Spangled Banner” after Boy Scout Troop 503 presented the colors.
The music, sound and lighting provided by Roger Phelps Sound ‘n’ Eyes helped keep the event more festive than ever, especially as each contestant walked the runway to a tune she picked herself. Tonya King brought grace and experience to the night in her role as mistress of ceremonies over the course of the evening. Raised in Fillmore, King is a former contestant of many pageants and now directs or consults with state competitions, such as the Miss Montana USA Pageant.
Judges interviewed the contestants earlier in the day and the evening competitions included the Personality on Parade event, in which each girl dressed in a style to exemplify her goals or hobbies, and the Evening Gowns and Speeches competitions.
During the speech portion, contestants spoke of their experiences visiting various residential care facilities throughout the valley. Each told stories about the people they met and the impact they felt from the meetings. Contestants also performed to the song, “The World Is a Rainbow,” using American sign language as coordinated by Jan Key.
“The pageant gives you so much confidence,” said Ramirez afterward. “The directors encourage good morals. This is the best

Layla Ramirez is living proof that persistence pays off. A three-time pageant contestant, the very poised Ramirez took home the Miss Oak View 2010 crown. Besides the excitement of the young ladies walking down the runway, the event served to debut the new chairs purchased due to January’s “Treasure for Chairs” benefit, collaborated on by Oak View Civic Council and Oak View Recreation

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