The Mrs. Sakura 2013 Pageant - A roaring 20s good time!
As the house lights dimmed and the announcer began to speak, the elegant ladies onstage felt the excitement grow – their night had finally come! The curtains parted and opening strains of “Zoot Suit Riot” blared from the speakers. Nineteen women and teenagers swaggered across the stage in glittering sequined dresses as the spotlight danced around them.
Thus began the 2013 Mrs. Sakura and Miss Teen Sakura Pageant held here at Yokota Air Base on May 11. The packed house was also treated to the Fitness and Evening Gown competitions and a final on-stage question. Several other groups from the Yokota community were highlighted before and during the pageant including the Air Force Band of the Pacific-Asia, the Yokota Honor Guard, the Yokota Dance Troupe, and Vivace Performing Arts.
At the end of the night, Mrs. Kristi McFadden was crowned Mrs. Sakura 2013 and Miss Amy Cutting was selected as the first Miss Teen Sakura. There were many other award winners to include:
Mrs. Sakura 2013
1st Runner Up: Raven Taylor
2nd Runner Up: Jamaica Banks
3rd Runner Up: Karina Glover
4th Runner Up: Desiree Economides
1st Runner Up: Langley Sonnenberg
2nd Runner Up: Isabel Moua
Interview (Mrs.): Jamaica Banks
Interview (Miss Teen): Tie
Langley Sonnenberg & Amy Cutting
Fitness (Mrs.): Kristi McFadden
Fitness (Miss Teen): Amy Cutting
Evening Gown (Mrs.): Raven Taylor
Evening Gown (Miss Teen): Tie
Codi Hogue/Amy Nordozzi/Amy Cutting/Abigail Wall/Isabel Moua
Mrs. Congeniality: Karina Glover
Miss Teen Congeniality: Amy Cutting
Community Service (Mrs.): Kristi McFadden
Community Service (Miss Teen): Isabel Moua
Photogenic (Mrs.): Jamaica Banks
Photogenic (Miss Teen): Amy Cutting
Audience Choice (Mrs.): Karina Glover
Audience Choice (Miss Teen): Langley Sonnenberg
Mrs. McFadden commented after the pageant, “Each of the ladies has amazing talents and personalities. One aspect of the pageant I liked was the fact that it brought together people who might never have had the opportunity to cross paths and gave us the chance to forge new friendships.”
Cherry Blossom and Cherry Bud Princesses Also Perform
Earlier in the day, the Cherry Blossom Princess and Cherry Bud Princess Pageant was held. These little ladies showed much poise and confidence as the Blossoms (ages 10-13) competed in Top Model, Evening Wear, and On-Stage Question categories. The Cherry Buds (ages 5-9) got to join the Blossoms for the opening number and then were individually introduced so they could get their own stage time.
They were all adorable. The Cherry Blossom Princess, crowned at the conclusion of the pageant, was Miss Gabriella Moghaddam. The additional winners included:
1st Runner Up: Mya McKinnley
2nd Runner Up: Mika Taylor
Top Model: Mya McKinnley
Evening Wear: Kalea Saenz
Congeniality Princess: Nya Cabonar
Mika Taylor commented that “This was a great experience to express who I really am. Thank you for the opportunity.”
The Mrs. Sakura Organization (MSO), the group that funds and produces the pageant, also hosts other events during the year. The Fall Festival in October celebrates the change in the seasons and includes costume contests, games, and prizes. In the spring, MSO hosts Princess for a Day. The littlest ladies get to be pampered for the day with hair, make-up, and nails done, and games, prizes and refreshments. The members of the MSO also volunteer hundreds of hours each year to other Yokota organizations. If you would like to become a member, please find them on Facebook at “The Mrs. Sakura Organization.”
This is a private organization. It is not part of the Department of Defense or any of its components and it has no governmental status.