Kayla Webre wins crown
Written by Bill Schlichting, Pilot staff writer   
May 07, 2013 08:07 pm

Kayla Webre, crowned queen, is surrounded by her court — Jessica McKee, left, Sarah Ziemer, Brandi Rodgers and Taylor Simon at Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Friday night. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
Kayla Webre, crowned queen, is surrounded by her court — Jessica McKee, left, Sarah Ziemer, Brandi Rodgers and Taylor Simon at Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant Friday night. The Pilot/Bill Schlichting
The annual Azalea Festival Scholarship Pageant turned out to be a winner-take-all — or at least all that can be taken — competition.

Kayla Webre walked the runway with the queen’s crown, talent prize, award for most tickets sold and Miss Congeniality. However, it is impossible for one princess to win it all because the queen cannot also be first runner-up. That title was bestowed upon Taylor Simon.

The most points in the competition come from the princesses’ talent presentation and an impromptu interview. 

Webre impressed judges Roger Meader, Becky Ross, Barbra Lopez, Terrie Misfeldt and Carol Byers in her talent presentation by doing speed painting on a black canvas. She completed a portrait of John Lennon within the five-minutes that each princess is allotted.

During the interview, Master of Ceremonies Les Cohen asked each princess the question, which was not written by him, “I am getting ready to retire as CEO of the Brookings-Harbor Chamber of Commerce and you’ve been selected to be my replacement. What would you do to promote our community?

While most of the answers were centered around school and promoting education and activities for teens, Webre’s answer was outside the box; she shared ideas for promoting the best qualities of the community and, of course, promoting the Azalea Festival. A couple of the princesses also discussed public safety.

The evening began with an opening dance performed by the princesses followed by the talent presentation.

In addition Webre speed painting, Princess Jessica McKee sang a song, Brandi Rodgers performed an original rap song with an athletic twist, Sarah Ziemer told a story that perhaps went longer than the allotted time, and Simon performed the headliner dance from “Dirty Dancing.”

The princesses also introduced themselves in their chosen street attire as well as answered the interview question and curtsied at the end of the runway while wearing an evening gown. When wearing the gowns, each princess was escorted on stage by a member of the U.S. Coast Guard Station Chetco River. Escorting the princesses were Isaac Levi, Cameron Reedy, Timothy Card, Andrew Cortes and Douglas Maske.

Between princess presentations, entertainment was provided by Grace Notes, a choral ensemble featuring Alyssia Evans, Alice Dutoit and Kiana Hendrix, and by Sea Breeze.

Also making a presentation was 2012 queen Louie Deraita, who placed the crown and robe on Webre.

The pageant and other fundraising brought in about $5,800 in scholarship money, according to the pageant board.