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December 2005

Young Miss Auburn
Junior Miss Auburn Pageant

Two new queens were crowned Saturday night at the annual Young Miss and Junior Miss Auburn Pageants.

Tessa, (Left) of Auburn is 8 years old and she won the Young Miss crown and a $150 scholarship. Tessa is in the third grade, loves to ride her bike, sing and play with her 3 sisters. Tessa's goals for her 2006 reign are to entertain at Senior Care Homes, get straight A's in school, improve on her dance and piano and to become a better sister. She was sponsored by Airmaps, USA and her family.

The new Junior Miss Auburn is 10 year old Marissa (Right) of Newcastle/Lincoln. She is in the 5th grade and enjoys cheerleading, playing the clarinet and piano, running and singing. Marissa's goals for her 2006 reign are to continue her 4.0 average, volunteer for the SPCA and encourage more young girls to become involved in new activities like cheer, dance, tumbling and pageants. She was sponsored by Newcastle Florist and Gifts and Ferreira Construction.

Congratulations and a "Fantastic" job by ALL the beautiful ladies!!! A recap of the evening's awards are:

The pageant was sponsored by Fossum's International Karate and Kickboxing and Foster Graphics. The essay contest was sponsored by Auburn Office Products. For more info please contact Pageant Director, Toni Fossum (530) 888-6082.


Auburn Light Parade

December 3rd, 2005: The Auburn Light Parade was EXTRA bright this year, beaming with the smiles of our Auburn Royalty! Special thanks to Todd Hanaway for all of his hard work on this year's float!!!

November, 2005

Queens Serve Dinner and Assist the Salvation Army
During Thanksgiving.

This Thanksgiving when most people are spending time with family, the Auburn queens were serving up some good will in the community of Auburn. Marika, Aileen and Courtney rang bells for the Salvation Army and served up a free, hot dinner to the community at the Auburn Fairgrounds.
Thank you ladies - we are thankful to have you as our queens.

Marika, Courtney and Aileen
pose with Mike Holmes,
Auburn Mayor Pro Tempore

Marika serves guests at the
Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Even emcee, Steve,
could be found serving dinner.
Here he is posing with a
Salvation Army member!

October, 2005


Special thanks to
Rachell, Ashley, Alison and Ashley
for their help at the
Downtown Auburn's Safe Trick or Treating
event on Halloween!

(pictured: Rachell and Ashley)

September, 2005



Of The

Miss Auburn Pageant!!


July, 2005

Local Girls
Take Top Honors At
National Talent Pageant!

Seven local ladies just returned from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where they won many awards in the Sunshine World Talent Finals. They spent a week competing in various events, including talent, modeling and interview, and made new friends from all across the United States.

Under the direction of Toni Fossum, local pageant director, all of these ladies qualified to compete at the Nationals by winning titles at the West Coast Regional pageant held in Auburn last May. Ryleigh, 6, was crowned "Mini International Celebrity", Tessa, 7, was crowned "World Sweetheart", Deleste, 14, was crowned "Junior International Celebrity Princess", and Aileen, 15, won the "Photogenic Sweepstakes" title. All will receive scholarships. Kathrine, 4, and Heather, 12, were crowned "International Sunshine Girl" in their individual age group categories. Ashley, 14, also placed in her modeling, talent and photogenic divisions at the National level.

Two of our young ladies from the California delegation had special honors bestowed upon them. Deleste was honored by being chosen to perform her talent in the National "Talent Showcase". She performed a vocal and violin solo to "Think of Me Fondly" from the Phantom of the Opera. She represented California, along with other ladies representing New York, Michigan, Ohio, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania. And the only "standing ovation" of the competition was claimed by 6 year old Ryleigh, after she gave an impeccable performance on her violin.

A lot of fun and sight-seeing was also incorporated into their trip: including visits to Washington DC, Arlington National Cemetery, Philadelphia, Hershey Park and Gettysburg. For more information on qualifying for this national pageant see the "West Coast Regional" page.

July, 2005

Out & About

Our local beauties sparkle during 4th of July parades throughout Placer County!

In Auburn, CA

In Lincoln, CA

In Colfax, CA

In Colfax, CA

May, 2005


Showstopping talent hit the stage in Auburn on May 14th as the contestants of the West Coast Regional Sunshine Talent Pageant showcased their best performances. Contestants were vying for category titles as well as a spot to compete at the National competition this July in Pennsylvania. The surprise of the evening came when Deleste, the 2004 Talent Celebrity winner, got to crown her younger sister, Heather, of Auburn, as the 2005 Talent Celebrity winner!

Heather's scores in all categories - talent, modeling, interview and photogenic - topped all of the other contestants for the overall title. Her variety act which included playing the electric violin, tap dancing and a comedy monologue was a favorite among the judges. Heather not only walked away with her entry fee paid to the National competition, but a $200 Scholarship as well.

Two other overall title winners were crowned that evening - Jessica of Auburn, won the high point talent award with a dynamic tap dance routine, and Casey of Meadow Vista won the high point interview award for her strong communication skills.

Individual category winners were announced in their perspective age groups. Those winners were:
4-6 year olds
Photogenic winner - Kathrine
Talent, Model & Sunshine Girl winner - Ryleigh

7-10 year olds
Photogenic, Model & Sunshine Girl winner - Tessa
Talent winner - Courtney

11-14 year olds
Photogenic winner - Heather
Model winner - Clancy
Talent & Sunshine Girl winner - Sofia

15-17 year olds
Photogenic Model & Sunshine Girl winner - Casey
Talent - Jessica

For more detailed information regarding this event, click on the "West Coast Regional link".
This event was sponsored in part by
We The Children
Fossum's International Kickboxing
And Foster Graphics

May, 2005

The 2005 West Coast Regional
Mother of the Year!

Della was chosen from a group of 7 finalists as the top delegate, after being interviewed in front of a panel of judges, modeling on stage and answering an impromptu question in front of a live audience. Della is a former liason between designers and engineers in the wheel industry. As she was working her way up the corporate ladder, she took time out for a missionary trip to Mexico to deliver food, clothes and toys to different orphanages. It was the missionary trip, that she credits with changing her life. She recalls learning what was "truly important" there, and it was in Mexico, that she met her future husband, John.

John and Della got married in November of 1987. Together, they have 4 children, Isaiah, 5, Josiah, 3, Alexas, 1 1/2, and Elijah, 7 months. Della is now employed with the most important job she will ever have..... a stay at home mom. She and her family live in Auburn and attend Calvary Chapel in Grass Valley.

May, 2005

Gala Of The Heart

Pageant royalty was on hand to help at the 2nd annual Gala of the Heart event in Downtown Auburn. This is downtown Auburn's only annual fundraiser, which boasts live music, dancing, a silent auction, portrait photography and delectable hand passed delicacies.

Funds went to help achieve the Downtown Business Associations goals of "beautifying" downtown, and also went to the Arts Council of Placer County.

Pictured at left are Aileen, Casey and Katie, all Miss Teen Auburn royalty, who greeted patrons and passed appetizers.

Also pictured at right is Deleste, the 2004 Talent Celebrity, who, along with her sister Heather, entertained guests with their musical talents on the piano and violin. These ladies were a great asset to this event, and their volunteer time was much appreciated!

February, 2005

All of these young ladies will represent Auburn throughout the year at various community events. Sponsors of the event were: Chevy's, Auburn Host Lions Club, Fossums International Karate & Kickboxing & Foster Graphics. Photos by Glenn Berg

January, 2005


Congratulations to Marika (At right in red) who recently was the recipient of the

San Francisco Round Table
Public Relations Association Scholarship
of 2004-2005!

She was honored at a special luncheon where she was presented with a $1,000 scholarship toward the continuation of her education at San Jose State University. We are very proud of her, and knew those great interview skills and that contagious smile would pay off someday!
Congratulations Marika!!