Five hopeful young women took to the Tooele High School stage the evening of June 28 in hopes of being crowned “Miss Tooele City.”
To kickoff the evening’s event, Tooele City Mayor Debbie Winn took to the stage to welcome those in attendance and commemorate 11 years of Miss Tooele City pageants.
The five contestants came out on stage for the first time to perform a short musical number to the song “R.O.C.K In The U.S.A” by John Mellencamp.
Each contestant presented a special guest who asked them an on-stage question.
The first to present her guest was Hazel Fogg. Her guest was Julianne Ferguson, a friend and singer. Hannah Sheppard’s guest was Aaron Jarnigan, Tooele High School principal who wasn’t able to attend the event. Katelyn Bush, introduced Jon Gossett, founder of the Life’s Worth Living Foundation as her guest.
After Bush, Sydnee Gustin, took to the stage to introduce her guest, Doug Kinsman, a Rotary Club member. Jaimee Whitehead, introduced her guest, Russ Whittaker, a military veteran.
The next part of the pageant was the skills and talent demonstration.
The first contestant to perform was Fogg, who sang “When He Sees Me” from the musical “Waitress.” Next up was Sheppard, who performed a contemporary ballet to “Carry You” by Fleurie and Ruelle. After Sheppard, Bush demonstrated her sign language skills to “You Never Gave Up On Me” sung by Reba McEntire.
Then Gustin took to the stage to demonstrate her soccer skills via video. Lastly, Whitehead performed a dance to “Go the Distance” from Hercules.
After the talent section, the girls hurried to change into their evening wear.
Each girl walked across the stage to show off their elaborate dresses as a final portion of the contest.
The awards began with the Spirit of Miss Tooele City Award, which is selected by contestants and volunteers and given to the contestant who embodies the spirit of the city. This award was given to Bush with a $100 cash prize.
The Mayor’s Community Pride Award with a $100 cash prize was given to Fogg. The Community Service Award that came with an Amazon Echo Dot was given to Gustin.
The Most Patriotic Award was given to Bush along with a $100 cash prize.
Winn surprised everyone by informing the audience that four of the five contestants would be crowned as co-attendants and one would be named as Miss Tooele City.
Since the start of the pageant, there have always been two attendants and one Miss Tooele City but Winn said she wanted this year to be different.
Hannah Sheppard was crowned as 2022 Miss Tooele City with co-attendants Sydnee Gustin, Hazel Fogg, Jaimee Whitehead and Katelyn Bush.
Winn nicknamed the group “The Fab Five.”
Each attendant will receive a $1,000 scholarship and Sheppard will receive a $2,000 scholarship.