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Poise, talent, beauty: Alexis Mather and Hannah Garhofer take top titles at Miss Clatsop County pageant

Alexis Mather swept the awards in interview, fitness, talent and eveningwear to win Miss Clatsop County 2015 and Hannah Garhofer was crowned Miss North Coast 2015.

Published on February 2, 2015 8:06AM

Last changed on February 2, 2015 9:50AM

Alexis Mather, Astoria, waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Clatsop County 2015 after the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Alexis Mather, Astoria, waves to the crowd after being crowned Miss Clatsop County 2015 after the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Hayliehe Bell, Seaside, reacts after being named Miss North Coast’s Oustanding Teen.

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Hayliehe Bell, Seaside, reacts after being named Miss North Coast’s Oustanding Teen.

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Sandy Newman, director of the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship program, takes a moment by the curtains during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant. After more than 15 years of being involved in the program, this was Newman’s last Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant.

JOSHUA BESSEX — The Daily Astorian

Sandy Newman, director of the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship program, takes a moment by the curtains during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant. After more than 15 years of being involved in the program, this was Newman’s last Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant.

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Contestant Abi Anderson, left, tries to calm Moira Ferry, right, backstage before her talent performance.

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Contestant Abi Anderson, left, tries to calm Moira Ferry, right, backstage before her talent performance.

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Contestant Kayla Worwood sings “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith during the talent competition.

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Contestant Kayla Worwood sings “Stay With Me” by Sam Smith during the talent competition.

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Bridgette Wallace, of Portland, rushes to congratulate Hannah Garhofer, Miss North Coast 2015, left, and Alexis Mather, Miss Clatsop County 2015, right, after the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Bridgette Wallace, of Portland, rushes to congratulate Hannah Garhofer, Miss North Coast 2015, left, and Alexis Mather, Miss Clatsop County 2015, right, after the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Miss Oregon 2014 Rebecca Anderson sings “Let it Go” with the prince and princesses during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant.

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Miss Oregon 2014 Rebecca Anderson sings “Let it Go” with the prince and princesses during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant.

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Emcees Kari and Eric Christianson share a laugh onstage during the pageant Saturday.

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Emcees Kari and Eric Christianson share a laugh onstage during the pageant Saturday.

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Contestants Moira Ferry, center, and Jessica Knehr, right, wait onstage before the Miss Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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Contestants Moira Ferry, center, and Jessica Knehr, right, wait onstage before the Miss Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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Past pageant winners from various counties wait backstage to walk out during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Past pageant winners from various counties wait backstage to walk out during the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship pageant at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center Saturday.

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Pageant princesses wait by the curtain during the 2014 Miss Clastop County Titleholder’s farewell.

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Pageant princesses wait by the curtain during the 2014 Miss Clastop County Titleholder’s farewell.

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A young audience member imitates the contestants in the aisle during the Teen Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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A young audience member imitates the contestants in the aisle during the Teen Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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After being named 2015 Miss North Coast’s Oustanding Teen, Hayliehe Bell hugs Libby Olsen, Miss Clatsop County’s Oustanding Teen 2015.

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After being named 2015 Miss North Coast’s Oustanding Teen, Hayliehe Bell hugs Libby Olsen, Miss Clatsop County’s Oustanding Teen 2015.

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Alexis Mather walks onstage during the Miss Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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Alexis Mather walks onstage during the Miss Lifestyle in Fitness competition.

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SEASIDE — More than 500 people watched as four local young women took home pageant titles at the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program Saturday at the Seaside Civic and Convention Center, advancing them to the state competition in June.

Alexis Mather, 19, of Astoria, swept the awards in interview, fitness, talent and evening wear on her way to being named Miss Clatsop County 2015, as well as receiving the Service Above Self Award for Miss contestants. She walked away with $1,525 in scholarships. Her platform was mentoring and she performed an operatic vocal to “Nessun Dorma” from Giacomo Puccini’s opera “Turandot.” Mather is a graduate of Astoria High School and attends Clatsop Community College. She was also Miss Clatsop County in 2013.

Crowned Miss North Coast 2015 was 18-year-old Hannah Garhofer of Seaside. Garhofer’s platform is celiac disease awareness and she performed an energetic tap dance routine to “Blame it on the Boogie” by Michael Jackson. She also split the Platform Presentation Speech Award with first runner-up, Abi Anderson, 20, of Seaside, who received $575 in scholarships. Garhofer is a senior at Seaside High School and received $1,075 in scholarships. She was Miss Clatsop County’s Outstanding Teen 2013.

Both Mather and Garhofer can also take advantage of Oregon Institute of Technology’s offer of a $2,000 a year scholarship for four years, which was made possible by the school in part to extend STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) educational opportunities to the women in the county.

Winning the Miss Clatsop County’s Outstanding Teen 2015 title was 13-year-old Libby Olsen, a seventh-grader at Broadway Middle School. Olsen will receive $625 after winning the overall Teen Fitness, Talent and Evening wear competitions. Olsen did a Jazz-Acro dance to “My Name in Lights.” Her platform was supporting local animal shelters. Olsen is the youngest contestant to be named Miss Clatsop County’s Outstanding Teen since the pageant began in 2004.

Hayliehe Bell, 16, of Seaside, won the Teen Interview Competition as well as being named Miss North Coast’s Outstanding Teen. She sang Carrie Underwood’s country hit “Jesus Take the Wheel,” and her platform is “Sing to Feed.” Bell is a junior at Seaside High School. She also won the Teen Community Service Award, bringing her scholarship total to $625.

The teen wins qualify both girls to pursue the title of Miss Oregon’s Outstanding Teen, as well as receiving $500 Scholarship from OIT.

Runner-up in the teen division was 16-year-old Seaside High School junior Anna Kaim, who will receive a $275 scholarship.

Named Miss Congeniality was Hannah Garhofer and Teen Congeniality was Samantha Wozniak.

All nonfinalists will receive $125 for their individual scholarship funds, making the total scholarships awarded Saturday night $6,450.

By random draw, 8-year-old Halle Moore of Warrenton was selected Miss Clatsop County’s Princess, and 8-year-old Amara Ames of Warrenton was named Miss North Coast’s Princess. Each will accompany their respective Miss titleholders on stage at Miss Oregon and at several events throughout the year.

Also on stage Saturday were outgoing 2014 titleholders, Jessica Humble, Haylie Moon and Olivia Colburn and Miss Oregon 2014 Rebecca Anderson. Co-emcees for the evening were Miss Oregon 2007 Kari Virding Christianson and her husband, Eric.

The Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program is an official preliminary to the Miss Oregon and Miss America Organization, a nonprofit corporation established to provide contestants with the opportunity to enhance their professional and education goals, and to achieve those pursuits with the assistance of monetary grants and awards, according to a press release.

The Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program is supported in part by corporate sponsors Seaside Kiwanis, Seaside Factory Outlet Mall, Lazerquick, Restaurant Development Company of America, Columbia Bank and Les Schwab Tires.

For more information, visit www.missclatsopcounty.org


FINAL AWARDS 2015

Miss Clatsop County ($1,025): Alexis Mather, Astoria

Miss North Coast ($1,025): Hannah Garhofer, Seaside


























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