Melissa Ramirez is no stranger to wearing a crown but winning the 2019 title of Miss Colusa County was the icing on her cake.
Ramirez, 16, the daughter of Juan and Maria Ramirez, of Maxwell, was crowned opening night of the Colusa County Fair on June 6 before a grandstand packed with people.
She won the Colusa County Mini Miss title in 2012, the Miss California Heart Shine Pre-Teen Queen in 2013, and other pageants.
The 5’6 beauty dazzled judges in an aqua marine evening gown, but it was her personality and heartfelt speech about celebrating police, firefighters and other first responders that won over the panel of judges and the crowd.
Ramirez is the third teen in succession from Maxwell to wear the crown. She succeeded 2018 Miss Colusa County Bailey Wilson, who followed 2017 Miss Colusa County Hannah Azevedo.
Rosalyn Wilson, 16, also of Maxwell, was crowned first runner-up and was selected Miss Congeniality.
Wilson is the daughter of Joseph and Mary Wilson.
Ramirez and Wilson will both be seniors at Maxwell High School next year.
While Ramirez was scored on personal interview with the judges prior to Thursday’s pageant, representing 40 of 150 possible points, her on-stage personality and communication skills came through on the stage.
Community involvement, academic achievements, beauty and poise, and commitment to the pageant were also judged.
For the win, Ramirez earned a $1,000 scholarship from the Chet Shifflett Scholarship Foundation when she heads off to college in 2020.
Wilson will receive a $500 scholarship.
Lizeth Madrigal, of Williams, Jaycee Brackett, of Colusa, and Pratisha Kisun, of Williams, also competed.
Ramirez’ reign began immediately, and she was seen at numerous events the remaining days of the Colusa County fair, including the senior citizen picnic, parade, and Mr.
Cinderfella pageant, livestock auction, Destruction Derby, and numerous Kids’ World contests and events. ■