Aaminah Artiaga, a 16-year-old sophomore at Beaumont High School who plans to major in photography and design at New York University, was named Miss Beaumont 2018 Saturday night during the annual pageant at the Chatigny Center in Beaumont.

Her court includes: first runner-up Larissa Medina; second runner-up Emma Valdivia; and third runner-up Makenzie Rigsby.

There were nine contestants this year, including Allyson Garcia, Marcella Childress, Annaisa Garcia, Elizabeth Averette and Juliet Penna.

The pageant was emceed by Sheri Bogh, director of community relations for Childhelp Merv Griffin Village, and included five judges, two of whom are former Miss Beaumont’s, Lisa Gagnon Chavez and Denise Williams.

The contestants danced to a song called “A Little Party,’ choreographed by Sarah Sternard from Dance Spectrum. Then they walked out on stage in street wear, followed by business wear and formal wear.

They also were given an interview question during the business wear competition.

Before the official court was announced, the contestants were given other awards.

The most ticket sales went to: Larissa Medina.

The Most Ad sales went to: Annalisa Garcia

Miss Congeniality went to: Juliet Penna

Miss Photogenic went to: Emma Valdivia.

Aaminah Artiaga told the Record Gazette after winning that she couldn’t believe she had just won Miss Beaumont.

“Honestly I was so surprised,” she said. “I thought I was going to cry because I was so happy.”

Staff Writer Julie Farren may be reached at jfarren@recordgazette.net.

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