BREMERTON — Colby Conde, a 19-year-old sophomore at Olympic College, is the new Miss Silverdale.
She won $4,200 for college at the Miss Poulsbo Miss Kitsap Miss Silverdale Scholarship Organization Pageant Jan. 21, in the Bremerton Performing Arts Auditorium.
Conde also receives a year in the spotlight to bring attention to her cause: “Promoting Self Love in Others.” She said she will concentrate her efforts in the SMART Girls Program.
Ella Hazzard, an 18-year-old freshman at Olympic College, was named first runner-up. She received $900 in scholarships.
More than $21,700 in scholarships were awarded to 18 contestants.
The Miss Kitsap title was awarded to Mackenzie Zurbrugg, 16, a junior at Bremerton High School. She received $3,200 in scholarships and was awarded the Golden Crown Award. Her platform is finding solutions to teen homelessness; she plans to partner with local organizations like Coffee Oasis to bring attention to this growing problem in Kitsap County.
Moriah Graziani, 18, a senior at South Kitsap High School and Running Start student at Olympic College, was Miss Kitsap first runner-up and received $1,700 in scholarships, including a $1,000 scholarship to Olympic College.
Caroline Atkins, a 17-year-old senior at North Kitsap High School and Running Start student at Olympic College, is the 64th Miss Poulsbo. She received $3,800 in scholarships. Her platform is “Looking Beyond the Mirror: Empowering Young Women.” She will spend her year of service working with the young girls at the Naval Avenue Boys and Girls Club with the SMART Girls Program.
Atkins won the Talent Award for her piano piece she wrote for her mother, entitled “Simple Dreams.” She also received the Director’s Spotlight Award, the Applebee’s Pancake Breakfast Award, and Miss Congeniality as voted on by the other contestants.
Natalia Tucker, 17, a junior at Kingston High School, was named Miss Poulsbo first runner-up and received $900 in scholarships.
The Olympic College Foundation has been awarding scholarships to the pageant since 2005, totalling nearly $57,425, scholarship organization director Michele Wasson reported.
On Jan. 21, Eliza Patenio, 17, of Silverdale received a $1,000 scholarship. Maileca Gontinas, 17, of Bremerton received a $500 scholarship from Olympic College and the $500 Promise of Tomorrow scholarship.
The new Miss Silverdale, Miss Kitsap and Miss Poulsbo will spend the next year promoting their causes, in addition to making appearances and raising money for local nonprofit organizations. Last year’s titleholders made 233 appearances in Kitsap County, Wasson reported.
Contestants say the scholarship organization promotes community service while teaching leadership and public speaking skills. Contestants are judged based on interview skills, self-confidence and how they’re “comfortable in their own skin,” Wasson said in an earlier interview.
Throughout the year, participants in the program — not just title holders — attend presentations by the mayor of Poulsbo, financial advisers, college representatives, and health and wellness professionals. They assist in service projects such as Habitat for Humanity.
“It’s about having confidence and being able to communicate and promote our program and what we do,” Wasson said. “We want to empower them as leaders. We want to give them the life skills they need.”