SEASIDE ?Home-schooled 17-year-old Sydney Dufka of Arch Cape was selected as the 2012 Miss Clatsop County Saturday night.
Seaside High School students Hannah Bacon and Giselle Pincetich won the Miss Oregon Coast Outstanding Teen and Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen titles before a crowd of about 500 people at the Seaside Civic & Convention Center.
"I'm elated! I can't believe it!" said Dufka following her crowning as Miss Clatsop County. "My favorite part tonight was my onstage question. I felt like I really locked it this year," she said.
Saturday, she sang the Doris Day song "Secret Love" for the talent portion. Because of a problem with her microphone, she had to sing it twice.
"This next year I'll be getting ready for college and promoting my platform: Defining the face of Miss America for today's young woman.'"
She is hoping to go to Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle or DePaul in Chicago to study costume design with a minor in women's studies.
Hannah Bacon, 16, is a student who was selected from among seven teen contestants to be the Miss North Coast Outstanding Teen.
"I had so much fun throughout the whole entire time. This was my best year ever," Bacon said. "I had to work so hard to get where I am. I feel astonished ... I feel ... there are no words to describe it!" she said.
Bacon lives in Gearhart and is passionate about St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital, which is her platform. "I definitely want to promote St. Jude's nationally, statewide, countywide, wherever I can," she said.
For Seaside freshman Giselle Pincetich, winning the Miss Clatsop County Outstanding Teen title will take awhile to sink in.
"It doesn't even feel like reality," Pincetich said. "It feels like I am in a dream. I came here confident, but I can't believe it happened. They called my name and it was like, Whoop! O my gosh!'"
Pincetich said that she wants to continue to grow and do well in high school and "bring inspiration to every girl I know." Her platform is children and teen foster care awareness.
The winners advance to take part in Miss Oregon programs this summer.
The person who makes everything happen for the Miss Clatsop County Scholarship Program is its director, Sandy Newman. While she has the help of dozens of volunteers, Newman works many months on each pageant.
"It takes about six months from recruitment to production, but I am always looking for the next Miss Clatsop County," Newman said.
She became involved with the scholarship program in 2000, after working as a volunteer for the pageant's Friday night dinner. "Through the years I took on more responsibility before becoming director in 2006," she said.
"Fortunately I have a strong production team led by Denele Sweet, the owner of Encore Dance Studio, who handles the performance end, so we get a great pageant that people get to see year after year.
"What they don't see are the numerous people working behind the scenes. Getting a diverse panel of judges, finding lodging for them, creating their individual judging packets that need to be mailed out in advance with all the contestant information also takes a lot of time and no one sees that.
"It takes an army to pull it off! I am just the hub of the wheel; there are many, many spokes," Newman said.