A Porterville Institution will continue when nine candidates will vie for the prestigious honor of becoming the Veterans Homecoming Queen.

The 74th annual Veterans Homecoming Queen Pageant will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, October 26 at the Buck Shaffer Theater at the Porterville Memoral Auditorium. Admission is free.

Sponsored by the Veterans Homecoming Committee, the American Legion Post 20, and the Porterville Memorial District. The Veterans Homecoming Queen Pageant is open to high school seniors in the Porterville  Unified School District and Home Schools. The nine young women will be judged in five categories: Interview, Essay, Talent, Poise/Personality, and Participation. There will be a panel of five out of town judges, all of which are Veterans from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines. 

Judges for the event will be: Sandra Carr – U.S. Air Force Veteran; Joanna Woodyatt — U.S. Army Veteran; Stephanie Sera — U.S. Marine Corp Veteran; Larry Waggle — U.S. Army Veteran; Trever Studinger — U.S. Navy Veteran.

The Queen and her court will then reign over the 101st Annual Porterville Veterans Day Parade and afternoon Band-A-Rama, featuring middle school and high school bands.  

Throughout the year the Veterans Queen and Court will participate and serve in many and varied community and school events.  

The nine candidates are:

Sevyn Garcia, Monache High School; parents: Rudy and Kelly Garcia; Talent: Flag Routine to “America Will Always Stand” by Randy Travis

Catherine Entenman, Porterville High; parents: Alex and Tera Entenman; Talent: Playing “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood on the Euphonium

Rebecca Keele, Porterville High; parents: Jeff and Elizabeth Keele; Talent: Singing “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserables

Sajara Loomis, Harmony Magnet Academy; parents: John and Amy Loomis; Talent: Reciting “Welcome Home,” an original poem

Selicia Flores, Granite Hills High; parents: Eloy and Treesha Flores; Talent: Dance to “Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue” by Toby Keith

Briana Facio, Porterville High; parents: Marc and Jessica Facio; Talent: Reciting “Why I Stand” by the American Rodeo

Alexa Pompa, Monache; Javier and Cristina Pompa; Talent: Singing “God Bless America” by Irving Berlin

Liliana Garcia, Porterville High; parent: Abelina Jimenez; Talent: Playing “Amazing Grace” by John Newton on the Flute 

Madison Chapman, Monache; parents: Brian & Kristin Chapman; Talent: Reciting “America, Why I Love Her” by John Wayne.

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