Shannon Gonzales crowned Miss Antelope Valley

Shannon Gonzales said she was happy that her whole family was able to witness her win Miss Antelope Valley.

Gonzales wept after her name was announced.

LANCASTER –Miss Rancho Vista Shannon Gonzales covered her mouth and wept tears of joy when her name was announced Sunday evening.

As the new Miss Antelope Valley, the 17-year-old will reign over the Antelope Valley Fair festivities, from Aug. 17 – 26, and will serve as ambassador in many events throughout the Valley for the next year.

“I’m so excited and I’m so happy that my whole family is here to witness it with me,” Gonzales gushed. “I couldn’t be any happier.”

Gonzales was one of 16 community queens vying for the title at the 68th annual Miss Antelope Valley Pageant, which took place at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds’ Poppy Pavilion.

Contestants were judged on three segments: A personal interview (conducted before the stage show), a prepared speech, and an impromptu question and answer.

The competition was judged by the Tournament of Rose Bowl Judges from Pasadena.

The show began with a choreographed dance routine featuring all 16 contestants and the reigning Miss Antelope Valley, Ivy Bedard.

For their prepared speeches, contestants had to pick a famous female singer and then give a speech about the artist. Many of the contestants chose to give their speeches in full character.

Gonzales gave a speech about singer Pat Benatar.

Dressed in black sequined pants and a bright red jacket, Gonzales dazzled as Pat Benatar.

After the speeches, contestants changed into formal wear and were escorted by their fathers before taking the microphone for the impromptu question and answer segment.

Gonzales did not hesitate when asked to identify the best place to visit in the Antelope Valley.

“The best place to visit in the Antelope Valley would be the Palmdale Amphitheater. They always have amazing music and it’s also in Rancho Vista. With that, it’s such an amazing town because it’s so family oriented and right when you walk in, you feel like you’re at home,” Gonzales said.

Gonzales said she is most looking forward to reigning over the Antelope Valley Fair.

“I’m excited because I know it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Gonzales said.

Other community queens who competed in the 68th annual Miss Antelope Valley Pageant were:

Miss Antelope Acres Courtney Harter, Miss Palmdale America Fuzell, Miss Eastside Brooke Bonds, Miss Acton Cheyenne Buechner, Miss California City Kaylee Evans, Miss Boron Destiny West, Miss Edwards Alexis Baiza, Miss Sun Village Maribelle De Cosse, Miss Hughes Elizabeth Lakes Veronica Rodriguez, Miss Mojave Marissah Robertson-Bolton, Miss Quartz Hill Heather Hayes, Miss Littlerock Michelle Martinez, Miss Agua Dulce Colyn Gackenbach, Miss Rosamond Hilary Sanchez and Miss Lancaster Tiffany Johnson.

Sixteen community queens competed in the 68th annual Miss Antelope Valley Pageant, which took place Sunday at the Antelope Valley Fairgrounds’ Poppy Pavilion.


  13 comments for “Shannon Gonzales crowned Miss Antelope Valley

  1. Fed
    February 1, 2013 at 6:33 am

    Congrats, really amazing.
    PS: miss quartz hill is so stunning. As well as the rest of the ladies.

  2. August 17, 2012 at 11:21 am

    Shannon, you are beautiful young woman! Congratulations!
    Candid photos from the pageant are on my facebook page: Julianne Gentry Photography, so take a look!

    Have a great year!

    Julianne Gentry

  3. MIB
    August 1, 2012 at 11:37 pm

    Congrats Shannon! Enjoy every moment on your journey as Miss AV. Make the AV and your sister Queens proud. To all the 2012 contestants making this far was a blessing and to represent your communties is an honor. Be proud, have fun and see you all the upcoming events!!

  4. grandma
    August 1, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    congratultions shannon we love you and are so proud of you

  5. Dave
    July 31, 2012 at 4:03 pm

    Miss. Quartz Hill should have won!

    • Mike
      July 31, 2012 at 4:05 pm

      Whoa bro, Acton should have won this!!!

      • Mike Epstein
        July 31, 2012 at 4:13 pm

        Holla at me girls!!! Only the girls in pink.

        • Andrew
          July 31, 2012 at 4:14 pm

          Shoot, who do I get?

    • annonimous
      August 3, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      Apparently you didn’t see the pageant….Rancho Vista, out did QH in every aspect of the pageant, Sorry bro don’t be a sore looser..She won it fair and square

  6. Ali
    July 30, 2012 at 2:25 pm

    She is a beautiful girl! Congrats Shannon!

  7. Erik Rex Lancaster
    July 30, 2012 at 8:56 am

    Congratulations Shannon Gonzalez! And a speech about Pat Benatar?! That’s awesome….

  8. lucas
    July 30, 2012 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations to Shannon Gonzalez “Miss Antelope Valley” and to all other community queens. They all so beautiful.

  9. sacryinshame
    July 30, 2012 at 12:08 am

    Beautiful. Congratulations.

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