Villarreal, Garza, Maggard crowned

Sue Fleming, The Freer Press

Freer's first patriotic-themed pageant "Rockin' in the USA" was held Saturday night during which three girls were crowned by guest Miss Laredo Teen USA Lauren Guzman in the high school auditorium.

Named Miss Fourth of July was Jaqualine Maggard with Ashlee Gonzalez as first runner-up, second runner-up, Gabriella Rosa and third runner-up, Rebecca Patterson.

Angelica Villarreal was crowned Junior Miss Fourth of July with Raquel Espinoza as first runner-up, second runner-up was Paulina Saenz, third runner-up was Geneva Gonzalez and fourth runner-up was Mariah Garza.

Also crowned was Little Miss Fourth of July Renae Garza with Micaela Palacios as first runner-up; second runner up, Xaverya Dominguez, third runner-up, Lorena Santos and fourth runner-up, Taryn Adami.

Named Most Photogenic were Renae Garza (Little), Angelica Villarreal (Junior) and Gabriella Rosa (Miss.).

Raquel Espinoza (Junior) and Ashlee Gonzalez (Miss) were voted Miss Congeniality.

Named Most Cooperative were Briana Mata (Little), Biankah Rodriquez (Junior) and Gabriella Rosa (Miss.).

Xaverya Domiguez (Little) was named Best Talent and Angelica Villarreal (Junior) Best Military presentation.

Best Red, White and Blue Casual Wear winners were Renae Garza (Little), Raquel Espinoza (Junior) and Rebecca Patterson (Miss).

Best Evening Wear winners were Kellie Martinez (Little), Raquel Espinoza (Junior) and Ashlee Gonzalez (Miss.).

Also participating in the Little Miss category were Cheyenne Clarke and Reaghan Garza.

The evening began with a lively dance performance by the 19 contestants to "R.O.C.K. in the USA" while tossing glowing necklaces to audience members.

Afterward, MC host Joe David Garza led the invocation and introduced distinguished guests, parents of the contestants and judges.

Recognition of attending military servicemen and women was also given.

The first competition then followed with each contestant modeling red, white and blue casual wear.

The talent portion proceeded in which Little Miss contestants each recited a military-subject poem, Junior Miss contestants modeled a military uniform of her choice and gave a reason for the particular selection.

As talent, Miss Fourth contestants each presented a community service platform of her choice and answered questions by the judges.

Jaqualine Maggard spoke of forming a "Students Against Destructive Decisions" chapter in Freer as a means to help local teenagers.

Ashlee Gonzalez spoke of Breast Cancer Awareness, relating the personal experience of her mother whom fought the disease years ago.

Gabriella Rosa told of her passion for the "Fill the Boot" campaign, a fundraiser for Muscular Dystrophy and Rebecca Patterson spoke of the importance of Ronald McDonald's House which provides nearby housing when a family member is being hospitalized.

Each contestant afterward modeled evening wear which was the final competition of the contest.

Special entertainment was provided by Sadie Hinojosa who danced to "Lose My Breath." Rachel Maldonado sang "Before He Cheats" and Miss Jim Hogg County Queen Ilyssa Saenz sang "Te Quedo Grande La Llegua" to the large crowd.

Visiting royalty which also included Miss Jim Wells County, Carla Winterbottom and Miss Live Oak County, Gina Pippin were introduced prior to the awards presentation.

Directors of the pageant were Rosemary Arnold and Cheryl Arnold.