It would seem appropriate that a native Pahrumpian should win the annual Miss Pahrump Pageant, and that’s exactly what happened on Saturday evening inside the Saddle West Showroom, as Aliya Bolton was crowned the 2019 winner.
Bolton, 15, bested a field of eight additional contestants during the 43rd annual event.
Aside from taking the overall competition, Bolton was also victorious in several other categories, including the talent portion, formal wear, and the always nerve-wracking on-stage question.
“I was super nervous about the on-stage question,” Bolton said. “I was asked if social media had a good impact or a bad impact on society, and my response was that I thought social media had somewhat of a bad impact on society because social media can be bad for your self-image. A lot of teens feel bad about their self-image even though they’re fine just the way they are.”
Regarding the talent portion of the program, Bolton performed a lyrical dance to the song “Keep Holding On,” by Avril Lavigne.
It should be noted that career-wise, Bolton has plans to incorporate music and dancing into her future, if not the field of science.
“I would like to do anything involving dance,” she said. “Maybe a dance choreographer. I’m on the high school dance team. I also play the piano. As far as some of my favorite classes in school, I really enjoy science. My teachers are really awesome. I also like biology and I’m excited about taking chemistry next year.”
Pageant organizer Judy Maughan said she was quite pleased with the attendance on Saturday evening.
She also named the winners of additional categories.
“It was a nice turnout and a great show and I thought the girls did a wonderful job,” she said. “Aliya’s first attendant was Taylor Tillery, and her second attendant was Olivia Sharp. Jenna Hill won Miss Congeniality. The photogenic category was won by Olivia Sharp, and the casual wear category was won by Taylor Tillery. I also want to thank Saddle West, because they have always been wonderful to us. They provide the venue and they have been wonderful sponsors for us. Of course, the Saitta Trudeau dealership is our main sponsor.”
Meanwhile, Bolton, whose community platform was ‘The Body Achieves What The Mind Believes,’ offered up a few words of advice for future Miss Pahrump Pageant contestants.
“I would have to say to be yourself and be super confident,” she said. “You should look at everything in a positive way, or else you just don’t get the fun out of it.”
Contact reporter Selwyn Harris at email@example.com. On Twitter: @pvtimes
A closer look
Aliya Bolton, the daughter of Michele and Cory Bolton, is 15 and a high school sophomore. Bolton’s activities include dance team and student council, while her future aspirations is to become a dance choreographer and a pediatrician. Her hobbies are dancing and coloring. Bolton’s community platform is the “Body achieves what the mind believes.”
See the June 14 Pahrump Valley Times or pvtimes.com to read more about all of the contestants in the Miss Pahrump Pageant