Miss Kemah Pageant, Simply Amazin’!

July 1st, 2018

By Rick Clapp

The 2018 Miss Kemah Pageant was a huge success and a big financial gain for the City of Kemah, Landry’s, Kemah Boardwalk and many local restaurants and clubs.

This year’s contestants were incredibly beautiful and so smart. The Bay Area Houston Magazine and Gulf Coast Mariner were proud to sponsor this prestigious event for the 12th year.

This fun filled event included a contestants preview on Friday at the Kemah Community Center, a delicious brunch cruise on the Fantasea Yacht with the ladies, parents, sponsors and supporters. The fitness contest was held on the cruise and the winners received trophies and gift certificates from the Bay Group and were presented by myself, Rick Clapp, and the “real Ms. Kemah,” Kelly Williams.

Graci Guilbeaux was crowned the 2018 Miss Kemah Teen and Erin Wilrich was crowned Miss Kemah at the Clear Falls High School auditorium in front of a large crowd. Congrats to the winners and all contestants. Especially Bay Group Media’s Blaine Ochoa as one of the contestants.

Special thanks goes to Kemah Mayor Carl Joiner and his lovely wife, Jim Whitecotton, Tillman Fertitta, Bryn Carden, Stephanie Ludwig, Nancy Gonzales and all sponsors and volunteers who made this event a success.

Again, Kudos to the beauty maven, Kelly Williams.

Miss Kemah pageant keeps climbing the success ladder

April 1st, 2018

2015 Miss Kemah Teen wins 2017 MISS TEXAS TEEN USA® and 2017 MISS TEEN USA® (photo credit: Select Studios)

By Mary Alys Cherry

Few beauty pageants, if any, attain the success like the Miss Kemah Pageant – coming up June 8-10 — has in its first seven years.

Under the direction of Kelly Williams since its beginning in 2012, the contestants have been incredibly successful with the Miss Kemah and Miss Kemah Teen winners in the Top 15 at the state pageants or in the Top 5 and won numerous awards, including Most Photogenic and Fitness.
“Our 2012 Miss Kemah Teen was 2nd runnerup in Miss Texas Teen USA, Miss Kemah was 3rd runnerup at the Miss Texas USA and our 2015 Miss Kemah was 1st runnerup at Miss Texas USA,” Kelly explained, adding that the pageant is an upscale event that works hard to make pageant weekend a special one, not only for the contestants, cut for their family and friends.

But that’s not all.

The 2016 Miss Kemah was crowned 2017 Miss Texas USA and Miss Kemah Teen was crowned 2016 Miss Texas Teen USA before going on to win the National Crown as Miss Teen USA.

The Miss Kemah Pageant is well known for several things. First of all, it is known for being one of the most fun and interactive pageants there is, Kelly points out. “One of the exciting things that our contestants get to do is compete in a fitness competition aboard the beautiful Kemah Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht, where they are also treated to a brunch cruise around the Galveston Bay. Because the entire pageant weekend is held in Kemah, there are so many things to do – live music, restaurants, shopping, wineries, and the famous Kemah Boardwalk that make the weekend one to remember! We also try to make our pageant experience as close to a national pageant as possible so the girls are well prepared to compete at the state pageants.”

And, once the competition is over, the contestants and winners are treated extremely well by the City of Kemah, Kelly says. “When one becomes a title holder for Kemah, she’s treated as part of our city family – #TeamKemah as named by our Kemah mayor! We are so proud that the city and community supports the girls, unlike any other pageant.

“Finally, while the Miss Kemah Pageant is known for its success, I think that what sets us apart from other pageants is that we truly strive to make a positive difference in young women’s lives – no matter if they become a titleholder or not. I believe that being crowned Miss Kemah or Miss Kemah Teen is a stepping stone to becoming more of a leader in the community and a positive role model for other young women.”

Anyone interested in competing in the Miss Kemah / Miss Kemah Teen Pageant should contact Kelly Williams at MissKemahPageant.com or enter online at MissKemahPageant.com

Congratulations to Miss Kemah and Miss Kemah Teen

August 1st, 2015

KemahmissThe Miss Kemah USA /Miss Kemah Teen USA Pageant was held in June at the Kemah Boardwalk and the University of Houston-Clear Lake’s Bayou Theatre. Amazing young women from the Bay Area and beyond competed in interview, swimsuit and evening gown events. The swimsuit competition and brunch cruise were held aboard the Boardwalk FantaSea Yacht and the photo shoot, sponsored by Kemah Boardwalk and Bay Area Houston Magazine, was held on the Kemah Boardwalk.

Your 2015 Miss Kemah USA is 23-year-old Ligia De Uriarte.  She is a recent graduate of the University of St. Thomas, and is an on-air anchor for Houston Telemundo TV.

Your 2015 Miss Kemah Teen USA is 17-year-old Karlie Hay, who will be a Senior at Tomball High School.

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Ligia De Uriarte and Karlie Hay

UH student named 2014 Miss Kemah

September 1st, 2014

Aria_10865By Mary Alys Cherry

Kenda Carroll, a beautiful blonde University of Houston-Downtown student, is the 2014 Miss Kemah and will represent the area in the Miss Texas USA Pageant.

She was crowned by 2013 Miss Kemah Peyton Saverance in ceremonies at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. The daughter of Alenda and Arthur Lara and Kenneth Carroll, she has three sisters Lina, Stephanie and Johnna.

Former Miss Texas USA Nicole O’Brian Lassiter and Fox 26 anchor Ruben Dominguez served as hosts for the pageant and Kelly Williams sang the National Anthem.

Livia Lavender, a lovely young brunette who attends the High School for the Performing Arts, was selected the 2014 Miss Kemah Teen and crowned by the 2013 Miss Kemah Teen, Sara Mohebpour. She will represent the area in the Miss Texas Teen USA. Her parents are Jay and Jala Lavender of Pasadena, where she was born and raised. She has a big sister, Lexa, who was second runnerup in the Miss Kemah contest, and a little brother, Lucas.

Other Miss Kemah contestants included Brianda Carrasco, Kesha Clark, Kelly Cleland, Ashley Free, Nancy Gonzalez, Brianna Key, Lexa Lavender, Kourtney Magnes, Courtney Newman, Harli Rose, Jenny Smith and Dresdynn Warnell.

Joining Livia Lavender, 16, in the Miss Kemah Teen competition were Kristen Alfrey, Lauren Borden, Estella Brooks, Dasha Brotherton, Rachel Gitomer, Taylor Leigh Kessler, Kylie Layfield, Olivia Lee, Maddison McCarson, Mary Frances Nance, Megan Whittaker and Fallon Williams.

The new Miss Kemah, 24, who grew up in College Station and recently moved to Lake Jackson also won the swimsuit competition and was in the top three for the Most Photogenic title. She is a former Miss Bay Area USA and represented the community at the 2014 Miss Texas USA Pageant, where she placed in the top 15 and won the Best in Swimsuit Fitness Award.

She attended Houston Baptist University and hopes to complete work on her Master’s in Administration at UH and become a mathematics educator and small business owner.

Judges included Sheree Frede, Hannah Johannes, Pierr Castillo, Dr. Roxanne Edrington, Chris Reed, Kym Jackson, Terri Jaggers and Tony Fitzpatrick. Judges for the swimsuit competition were Rick Clapp, T.J. Aulds, Erin Webb, John Ennis and Jimmy Simms.