Olivia Verity-Kryger was crowned Miss Kamloops 2016 Saturday night with princesses Cassandra Roberge and Emily Hogeveen taking her side, all stepping up as ceremonial ambassadors for the city over the next year.
“I’m so surprised,” said Olivia, a Grade 12 student at Kamloops Christian School who was sponsored by Sun Rivers Resort Community.
She charmed the audience with a touch of humility while introducing herself, admitting that six potential sponsors turned her down before she found the one she considered the best.
Twelve young women competed for the honour, emerging from six months of preparation all a-jitters with excitement as the crowning moment arrived.
“We had no idea,” Cassandra added as cameras flashed and officials surrounded them after the ceremony at Sagebrush Theatre.
About 250 people, including visiting royalty from across the southern Interior, attended the two-hour event, the culmination of a youth enrichment program run by the Kamloops Ambassador Society for many years.
It was an opportunity to say farewell and thanks to retiring royalty, princesses Kaitlyn Guise and Andrea Simmons, and Miss Kamloops 2015 Adaira Chicoine.
“Remember to take as many selfies as you can over the year because it will be over before you know it,” Kaitlyn said, offering a little advice to her successors.
“To Kamloops, it was a privilege serving you,” Adaira said in parting. “It will forever be a privilege to call you home.”
She also gave a nod “to my incredible sparkle heads,” referring to fellow royalty and contenders.
Other awards were handed out in the run-up to the crowning ceremony:
- Knowledge of Kamloops: Cassandra Roberge.
- Public Speaking: Emily Hogeveen.
- Butterfly Award (in honour of longtime supporter Heather Coleman): Emily Long and Kassandra Broad.
- Miss Congeniality: Nicole Pierson.