MEDIA DISTRICT NORTH -- Standing onstage in a cream-colored gown under
bright spotlights in front of more than 500 people, Lindsay Muriedas
dropped her jaw and gasped as she was crowned Miss Burbank 2002.
"I feel so honored, and that feels great," said a flushed Muriedas,
17, a senior at Burbank High School. "This group was so supportive and
not competitive. We all immediately clicked."
Miss Teen Burbank, Mallory Sorkness, was equally humble after being
crowned at Sunday's event, which took place in the Burbank Airport
Hilton's Convention Center.
"It's so overwhelming and unbelievable. It's so exciting," said
Sorkness, a 16-year-old junior at John Burroughs High School. "We've all
become so close preparing for this and become good friends."
Muriedas and Sorkness were joined by 32 other contestants who
participated in three areas of the pageant -- swimsuit, evening gown
modeling and personal interviews.
Contestants were asked questions about career goals, community and
personal ambitions, and finalists were asked questions about what
patriotism means to them.
Burbank Mayor Bob Kramer congratulated the 2001 Miss Burbank and Miss
Teen Burbank -- Grace Calderon and Lynee Hastings -- for representing the
city for the past year. Assemblyman Dario Frommer (D-Burbank) presented
each 2002 contestant with an official certificate.
Muriedas and Sorkness will go on to represent Burbank at the Miss
California pageant in August, will work with the Burbank Chamber of
Commerce and will participate in community service events throughout the
next year. The Burbank Junior Chamber of Commerce facilitates their
involvement with the city.
Sunday marks the first time sign language interpreters were present at
the pageant. Burbank High student Sheena McFeely, who is deaf, was one of
the 34 contestants and Miss Deaf America, Lauren Teruel, also attended.