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The Miss New Mexico Volunteer Pageant was held Saturday, Sept. 9, at Hotel Artesia. Miss New Mexico Volunteer is part of the Miss Volunteer America Pageant program, and according to missvolunteeramerica.net, is “a nationwide, service-oriented scholarship program based in Tennessee that seeks to empower young women across the country through educational scholarships and extraordinary opportunities.”

Saturday’s pageant had three age categories: Misses (ages 18-26), Teens (ages 13-18) and princesses (ages 3-13), judged by Melissa Waltmire of Roswell, Alicia Gilmore of Roswell, and April Durham of Artesia. Those who placed in the top three are as follows:

• Katie Allen: Miss New Mexico Volunteer 2024

• Adalyn Troost: Miss NM Teen Volunteer 2024

• Olivia Barela, 10, of Roswell: Miss Zia Pre-Teen New Mexico

• Malaysia Oersinger: Fist Alternate Misses Division

• Azucena Estrada Espinoza: Second Alternate Misses Division

• Elizabeth Martinez: First Alternate Teens Division

• Alyssa Fuentes: Second Alternate Teens Division

Troost, who lives in Lake Arthur but attends Artesia High School, won the pageant in the teens division, earning her the title Miss New Mexico Teen Volunteer 2024. Troost competed on the platform “Life’s a Brighter Day,” which she began several years ago after helping a friend overcome struggles with mental health.

Troost runs a website, lifesabrighterday.weebly.com, and various social media pages that promote this campaign by sharing short podcasts, videos, and inspirational quotes meant to help those who struggle with depression, anxiety and suicidal ideations.

Miss New Mexico Volunteers compete by submitting a pageant profile that outlines the ways in which they serve their communities and engaging in private interviews, various modelling segments, and an onstage question. In this way, the pageant teaches participants “document preparation, time management, interview skills, talent cultivation, social skills, public speaking, and pose,” according to the director of the New Mexico pageant, Tao Chumbley.

The scholarships provided by Miss New Mexico Volunteer, so named because the entire operation is run by volunteer staff, vary from year to year based on the funds received from donors.

Chumbley wished to thank an extensive list of supporters of this year’s pageant for their time and financial donations: “Shari Yates Farrell, Jill Yates, Subway, Fenns, Walmart, Rob with Kith and Kin, Xxclusive Events & Rentals, Shenanigans Events, First American Bank, Alexis Archunde, Sara with Santa Fe Awning, Clara Mauritsen State Farm agency, The Crashsite, Imagine That Scrapbooks & Gifts, Peppers Grill & Bar, Lincoln Road Band, Sugar & Ice, Artesia Ford Sales, Stone Ranch, Matilda Jane Clothing, Sam Sanchez, Ashley Brobeck, Yuri Fernandez/ Agape Floral, Felicia Bowen, Sandy Tevis, EOG, The Wellhead, Yates Industries, Joy with Hotel Artesia, Tate with Tate Branch, Brad and April with Swipper Designs, Meg Bohls with Eclectic E-tude, Peyton Yates, Kandese with Artesia Arts Council and Ocotillo theatre and many, many more.”

Due to her family’s relocation to Arkansas, Chumbley will not direct the pageant next year, but has passed the reins to Hobbs resident Lacey Lindsey. Those interested in becoming involved with the pageant in any way are encouraged to contact Lindsey at 575-942-2487 or missnmvolunteerpag@gmail.com.

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