Miss Sanpete County’s Outstanding Teen for 2016, Libby Simons, crowns the winner for 2017, Mashaylie Burnside.

Mashaylie Burnside crowned Miss Sanpete County Outstanding Teen

 

Clara Hatcher

Staff writer

8/3/2017

 

MANTI—Mashaylie Burnside of Mount Pleasant has been crowned Miss Sanpete County’s Outstanding Teen for 2017.

At the pageant, held Friday, July 28, Nikki Evans was crowned as first attendant, and Adyson Keisel was crowned second sttendant. Keyera Braithwaite, Samantha Everitt and Anna Johnson also competed.

Burnside, who has been competing in pageants for more than seven years, said she is most excited to serve her platform in the coming year. Her platform, called “Age Affects the Body Not the Soul” aims to “remember and honor our elders.”

“I am surprised and excited and really happy,” Burnside said after being crowned on Friday. “I think I did my best… I’ve gained a lot of friendships and memories.”

For her talent, Burnside performed a dance, tumbling and hip-hop solo to “The Dark Horse.” Twenty-five percent of any competitor’s score is awarded from the talent portion.

Another 25 percent comes from the on-stage questions and evening portion, while the remaining 50 percent is devoted to the “fitness and model” category.

Burnside’s runners-up, Evans and Keisel, competed with platforms about being healthy and educated about food and fitness, and about building healthy self-confidence. Evans performed a jazz dance to “Rule the World” for her talent while Keisel played “L’ Orage” on the piano.

Burnside was named second attendant at the Miss Sanpete County’s Outstanding Teen pageant for 2016, as well as first attendant at the Miss Mount Pleasant Scholarship Pageant.

Outside of the pageant world, Burnside is involved in volleyball and softball.

“I am really happy for her, she is a good girl,” Natalie Burnside, Mashaylie’s mother, said. “She has been trying to eat healthy for her pageants, so she has been saying all day that she just wants to eat a grilled cheese after this is done.”

Burnside will take over for 2016’s Miss Sanpete Outstanding Teen, Libby Simons. Simons took her last walk at the pageant before crowning Burnside.

Miss Sanpete County, Kaytie Nielson, who is from Fairview, emceed the pageant.

“I felt like it went really well tonight,” Nielson said. “These girls put everything out on the table and it is nice to have another North Sanpete girl representing.”