New crown holders

The 2019-2020 Miss Sunnyside Court — Abigael Marquez, at left, was chosen the new Miss Sunnyside during the well-attended pageant held at the Sunnyside High School auditorium. The court also includes first runner-up Kaydience Porter, second princess MacKenzie Evans and third princess Hellen Palma.

SUNNYSIDE— Abigael Marquez is the new 2019-2020 Miss Sunnyside following the annual pageant at the high school auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 14.

The daughter of Rhonda and Saul Marquez, she accepted the crown from outgoing Miss Sunnyside Hogla Deida Cortez, with a shocked expression which quickly turned into a giant smile as she took her first walk as “Queen.”

Joining Marquez on the court are Kaydience Porter as first runner-up, MacKenzie Evans as second princess and Hellen Palma as third princess.

Evans was also named Miss Congeniality by her fellow candidates and Porter was selected as Miss Photogenetic.

In a surprise announcement made at the pageant, Astria Health said they would match the Miss Sunnyside Scholarship Program this year. The Miss Sunnyside scholarship traditionally is $1,300 with each princess receiving $800 at the end of their year.

The Miss Congeniality/Leo Lopez Memorial Scholarship is $250.

Porter is the daughter of Brandi and Bryan Porter, Evans is the daughter of Dawna Evans and the late Steve Evans, and Palma is the daughter of Maria Palma a and Fernanda Palma.

The outgoing Miss Sunnyside Court, Cortez, and princess Gracie Van Belle and Daisy Hernandez each introduced their parents during their farewell speeches amidst tears.

The new court will have their first official outing during the upcoming 58th annual Sunfair Parade set for Saturday, Sept. 21, in Yakima at 10 a.m.

Julia Hart can be reached at 509-837-4500, ext. 123 or at

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