Waipahu Teen Crowned Princess In Pageant At Leeward CC
Considered “the largest and fastest-growing pageant system,” the Miss Hawaii United States Pageant recently crowned six queens at Leeward Community College, and announced a special category of Miss Hawaii Princess United States 2013.
The seventh crown was placed on Waipahu teenager Chevelle Benitz.
According to Wendy Lea Talaroc, pageant officials first met Benitz at Shriners Hospital for Children, where “she touched their hearts with her dream to become a princess.” Now 13, Benitz has spastic quadriparesis, dystonia, hypertonia and acquired thoracolumbar kyphosis.
“She is a great inspiration to everyone,” Talaroc said, “showing that no matter what, your dreams can still come true.” Benitz will be attending several appearances and community service events with her sister queens during the year.
Other area contestants winning titles at the Feb. 23 event were Shayla Carvahlo of Ewa Beach, and LonDyn Sydney Look and Sarah Champayn Look of Waipahu.
The pageant organization is seeking entries for the 2014 pageant for their new seventh category, which honors those with disabilities and a dream to became a queen (ages 8 to 55 years old). Send nominations and inspiring stories, along with a photograph, to Miss Hawaii United States Pageant “My Dream,” P.O. Box 317, Pearl City HI 96782.