GEORGETOWN – Cheers for 15 contestants and ultimately Georgetown’s newly-crowned reigning royalty rang out Saturday afternoon at the CHEER Community Center.
When the pageantry concluded, verdicts from the five judges were handed down to emcee co-hosts: Miss Delaware Outstanding Teen Ashley Swanson and reigning Miss Delaware 2016 Amanda Debus.
And the 2017 winners: Junior Miss Georgetown Olivia Marzullo; and Little Miss Georgetown Brystal Mears.
Olivia, the daughter of Aimee and Matt Marzullo, is currently a fifth grader at the Southern Delaware School of the Arts. Olivia was Little Miss Georgetown in 2013.
Brystal is the daughter of Lynsey and Tyler Mears.
In the Junior Miss division (ages 7-12), Emma Scott was selected as the first runner-up. Emma, Little Miss Georgetown in 2009, is currently a seventh grader at Southern Delaware School of the Arts.
In the Little Miss division for girls ages 4-6, Summer Bunting was chosen first runner-up; Tori Millman was the second runner-up and Kellen Dodds was third runner-up.
The pageant, originally scheduled to be staged at Grace United Methodist Church, played out to a huge crowd of several hundred people at the CHEER Community Center.
“It’s probably close to 300,” said pageant director Cassidy VanPelt. “We actually had to change our venue because this year we sold so many tickets. The CHEER Center was very helpful and accommodating. I think it was a very nice event. This is a probably a record number of people that we’ve had attend since I have been director.”
Judges for the pageant were Kenny Workman, Jeannette Otley, Kimberly Ralph, Dulcena Kemmerlin and Katie Evans.
This was the 60th Little Miss Georgetown pageant, and it featured a blast from the past: the original crown won by inaugural winner Karlyn Seeger back in 1957. “She (Karlyn) was not with us this evening but her family brought it and was able to share it with us,” said Ms. VanPelt. “I thought that was really, really special.”
Saturday’s pageant marked the 12th year for Junior Miss Georgetown.
The four Junior Miss Georgetown contestants: Lily Penuel, Bristol Wilgus, Emma Scott and Olivia Marzullo.
Contestants vying for Little Miss Georgetown: Rocsi Cannon, Kaytin Thomas, Summer Bunting, Lillian Keenan, Tori Millman, Aria O’Day, Madison Culley, Kellen Dodds, Greyson Mariner, Emma Emerson and Brystal Mears.
During their one-year reign that began Saturday, Brystal and Olivia will be participating in parades and other community events, serving as young goodwill ambassadors.
One of their first events is right around the corner.
“The Georgetown Chamber of Commerce always invites us to the Easter Egg Hunt,” said Ms. VanPelt. “The girls love participating in that.”
Pageant winners are available for public appearances.
“If any people want them to come to their event they are more than welcome to contact me to have them come perform,” said Ms. VanPelt.
Ms. VanPelt can be contacted by phone at 302-569-1859 or by email at: Cassidy.GeorgetownPageant@gmail.com.
Organizers extended sincere thanks to the supporters and sponsors for making the pageant a success. The back-page program salute to sponsors included: Ad Art Inc.; Lauren Fritz-Mariner/Merrill Lynch; Secure View Systems; Nails Star; Little Einsteins Preschool; First State Chevrolet; Kim Bailey; Brett & Kimberly Thomas; the Kruger/Bailey/Thomas Family; CK Hairport & Bodyport; James Fritz/Nationwide/All American Mortgage and Albert Short.
LITTLE MISS DIVISION
Talent: Brystal Mears.
Interview: Aria O’Day.
Congeniality: Rocsi Cannon.
Hospitality: Greyson Mariner.
People’s Choice: Kaytin Thomas.
Basket Award: Kaytin Thomas.
JUNIOR MISS DIVISION
Academic: Bristol Wilgus.
Interview: Emma Scott.
Talent: Olivia Marzullo.
Congeniality: Bristol Wilgus.
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