Desaray Brault, Miss La Paz County will be competing for Miss Arizona, while Victoria Velarde, Miss La Paz County’s Outstanding Teen will compete for Miss Arizona’s Outstanding Teen. Vying for the titles are 28 miss and 26 teen contestants. The preliminary nights of competition are June 21 and 22. The ten contestants with the highest scores will compete for the state title on finals night June 23. The pageant is held at Mesa Arts Center in Mesa, Ariz. Visit www.mesaartscenter.com for ticket information or contact director Aryn Romo at 928-210-6057.
There is an 11th spot added to the top ten on finals night for the contestant who wins the People’s Choice vote. The public can help Desaray and Victoria make the top 11 by voting for them at www.missarizona.org. Each vote costs $1.00 and all proceeds go towards college scholarships.
Desaray, Miss La Paz County, is the 19-year-old daughter of Jeff Brault and Carmen Rapp. She is a graduate of Parker High School and attends Arizona State University-Lake Havasu Campus. Her platform is Nourish the Children. She will be singing The One That Got Away for her talent.
Victoria, Miss La Paz County’s Outstanding Teen, is the 15-year-old daughter of Maricela Esquibel and Miguel Velarde. She is a junior at Parker High School. Her platform is Peer Pressure Awareness. She will be dancing to Better When I’m Dancing for her talent.
The girls have been working hard preparing for the state pageant as they work on their fitness, talent, and interview skills. They have also been promoting their personal platforms and raising money for Children’s Miracle Network, which is the national platform for the Miss America Organization. A fundraiser is scheduled June 13th at La Pizza at 5:00 to closing.
A send off/trunk show will be held at 6 p.m. June 18 at Nova Home Loans, 1317 Joshua Avenue. It’s across the street from the Joshua Street Mall. The public is invited to stop by and wish the girls good luck as well as see their competition wardrobe.