Candidates in the upcoming Summerland Blossom Pageant presented their speeches on Feb. 16.
It was the first public speaking event and the first judged event for the 10 pageant candidates.
Each candidate, a Grade 11 student from Summerland Secondary School, had prepared a three-minute speech on the business or organization sponsoring them in the pageant.
The speeches were presented to a room of around 120 people from the community, including one of British Columbia’s ambassadors Camelia Vokey.
The candidates put on a fashion show, each displaying an outfit chosen by Jen Kole, owner of the Suburban Princess Boutique.
The candidates also chose one outfit from their own closet that portrayed their personality to show it off to the crowd.
This year’s Blossom Pageant candidates are Taylor Arkesteyn, Miss Avery Law Office; Julia Belmonte, Miss Summerset Massage Therapy; Jordan Bendixsen, Miss Arts Council; Aviana Felizza, Miss Zias; Katie Grant, Miss Action Festival; Gabrielle Lucier, Miss One Person Project; Katelyn Michaud, Miss Rotary; Sydney Peterson, Miss Nesters Market; Brianna Ure, Miss Kiwanis and Makenize Vandertoolen, Miss Beanery Cafe.