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The 56th Miss Poway Scholarship Pageant, sponsored by the Poway Kiwanis Club, has crowned its court. Gabriella Scheffler is Miss Poway, with princesses Dakota Lake Nank and Hannah Nelson. Tessa Tricarico is Miss Teen Poway, with princesses Shelby Westbrook and Isabel Friedl. Miss Junior Teen Poway is Devyn Jones, with princesses Paola Simi and Jenna Oppel. The process was an engaging, challenging experience for the contestants. “The most rewarding part of the pageant process would have to be all of the life skills I learned during rehearsals!” Shelby explained. “Throughout the eight or so weeks that we rehearsed for the pageant, I learned self-defense, interview skills, public speaking skills, and how to be poised and confident.”

The court looks forward to representing their communities at fundraisers, parades, and other community events over the upcoming year. “I am most looking forward to meeting new people and making new friends throughout the year,” shared Devyn. Isabel agreed, elaborating, “Each young woman on the court dedicates hundreds of hours of community service over the course of her year of service, and I’m proud to be a part of this important work.”