Hailey Gregor danced her way into the judges’ hearts and earned her crown as this year’s Miss Lassen County.
The 16-year-old high school senior was crowned following the Wednesday evening, July 17, Miss Lassen County Scholarship Competition.
She was crowned alongside first runner up and Ambassadress of Susanville Elena German and second runner up and Princess Jayleih Dodge, who completed the 2019 Miss Lassen County Court.
“I am truly honored and humbled to be chosen to represent our community as Miss Lassen County. Miss Lassen County is a title that I don’t take lightly. First and foremost, I will represent our wonderful community and be the leading example for all to follow. I will continue to enhance our beautiful community by continuing to volunteer, attend community events, encourage others to get more involved in the community and volunteer, promote special events, organizations and local businesses,” said Gregor.
Four other local girls joined in on the competition, sharing their talents and stunning gowns: Ashlyn Clark, Caitlyn Crosby, Charity Richards and Caylee Slama. This year’s theme was Beach Party.
Along with the title, Gregor received a $1,000 scholarship, donated by Beauty Corral, Billington Ace Hardware, Lassen Association of Realtors and contestant’s sponsors, one dozen roses from Milwood Florist and a crown from VFW William Davidson Post 2381.
Ambassadress German won a $400 scholarship, a tiara and half a dozen roses and Princess Dodge received a $300 scholarship, tiara and half a dozen roses.
There were additional awards handed out during the ceremony: Dodge and Crosby tied for the Miss Congeniality award, with $100 donated by Change Takes Place.
Dodge was named Most Photogenic, and took home a $100 cash award, donated by Salon 705 Collective.
Most Talented went to Clark, along with $100 from Sierra Theater and Uptown Cinemas, and Dodge was awarded with the Community Service award, which was accompanied with $100 donated by VFW William Davidson Post 2381.
Each contestant was awarded movie passes to Sierra Theater and Uptown Cinemas, tickets to the Fair and a gift certificate to Pizza Factory.
The contestants were judged on 15 percent community service, 15 percent scholastic achievement, 15 percent communication skills, 20 percent talent, 20 percent personality interview and 15 percent impromptu question and poise.
Contestants met with the judges, all from out of the area, earlier in the day and 50 percent of the scores were tabulated even before the ceremony began.
During the competition Wednesday night, though, each of the seven contestants showed off their communicative skills, answered impromptu questions and showed off their talents.
Slama played an original song on her ukulele, adding to the beach theme of the evening. German showed off her comedic side with some stand-up comedy, and Dodge dedicated her powerful dance routine to law enforcement officers. Gregor performed a lyrical jazz dance to “Like I’m Going to Lose You,” and Clark won the “Most Talented” title with her routine of “All That Jazz.”
Contestant Crosby performed a piece on the piano and Richards concluded the talent portion of the evening sharing her public speaking skills and informing how community service has impacted her life.
Also during the Wednesday night competition, the 2018 Miss Lassen County, Gracie Claypool, gave her final walk of the evening, remembering her year and expressing gratitude to those who helped her.
“I’m so excited for this next chapter for both myself and the 2019 Miss Lassen County Court. Although I will miss my loving community tremendously, I know that miss Hailey, Elena and Jayleih will serve with dedication and make us all proud,” Claypool wrote. “There’s a blank canvas and it’s their time to make it beautiful for themselves and the community alike.”
Overall, Gregor is looking forward to her new role.
“Community service is a huge part of who I am. I was taught at a young age to pay it forward and give back to the community. From providing entertainment, to serving meals, to bell ringing, volunteering in my community has been extremely rewarding. When I volunteer, I have the opportunity to see first-hand just how much of an impact I can have on others. Even helping out with the smallest of tasks makes a real difference. Being Miss Lassen County will allow me to expand my community service platform, connect with the community, and make an everlasting difference. I feel volunteering and giving back to the community is our civic duty and I am ecstatic to give back to the community that has helped raise me to be the woman I am today,” Gregor wrote.
“The Miss Lassen County pageant has been an incredible experience and one that I will cherish forever. I have made wonderful new friends and the love and respect that I have for this generous community has grown so much through this process,” she continued.
Gregor expressed appreciation for those who assisted her in the pageant, including directors Shelley Bennett and Renae Johnson, the JandJ Competition Team, the Susanville City Kickettes, Salon 705, Diamond Mountain Casino and Hotel, Milwood Florist, Guess Plumbing, the California Correctional Supervisors Organization, Sierra Central Credit Union and Beauty Corral.