Six candidates vie to be crowned Miss Exeter at the Exeter Woman’s Club next month
EXETER – Normally a showcase for the town’s Fall Festival celebration, Exeterites will have to anxiously wait until Nov. 8 to find out who will wear the Miss Exeter crown.
This is the second year in a row that the Miss Exeter ceremony has been delayed, but it is nevertheless an important honor for the six girls competing for the sash and crown: Natalia Genettie, Taylor Amaral, Lyndin Jensen, Miranda Torres, Madisson Woods and Riley Martin.
As a part of last Saturday’s downtown festivities, the candidates were introduced as a court.
Whoever wins will represent the community at events in Exeter and throughout the area during their one-year reign. Candidates must be an Exeter High School student or live in the EUHS district, be a senior, and a full-time student. Whomever is crowned Miss Exeter will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the chamber. Miss Exeter and her court will each receive gift packets with items donated by local merchants and businesses, as well as a lifetime of memories.
Each candidate will be judged on the following items: A personal essay (500 to 750 words), a five- to 10-minute verbal presentation, a 10-minute special presentation, using photos and slide shows, the sale of raffle tickets for the chamber and participation and cooperation during the candidate process.
Last year a global pandemic couldn’t stop Exeter’s longest running tradition as Exeter Union High School senior Lauren McEwen was crowned Miss Exeter 2020. Held at the Faith Tabernacle Exeter Family Center, McEwen was presented with her crown. Allison Paregien was crowned first runner up.
Already graduated from Exeter High School, McEwen is an aspiring journalist that has been published in The Sun-Gazette. She also served as a reporter for the Exeter FFA Chapter. During the week, she can be found at Sequoia Hills Stables in Elderwood, where she rides English saddles in dressage and jumping courses. She also exercises and trains horses to be suitable for other riders. Academically at Exeter, she was a three-year member of the California Scholarship Federation with a cumulative GPA of 4.1. With a plan to major in Agricultural Communications and minor in Spanish, she looks forward to returning to the Valley after college to serve as a correspondent for a newspaper or online publication, and to be an advocate for agriculture.
This year’s festival was possibly the most well attended in recent memory. Leading up was Thursday, Oct. 7’s family fun night, pumpkin decorating contest and the chamber’s Business After Hours Mixer. On Saturday, scarecrows stepped down from their post and ran the 8 a.m. race, followed by a slew of vendors open in the heart of downtown’s streets, plus a car show.