Andersen queen of the Jessicas in pageant

The first Miss Crosby Teen was crowned during Crosby Days this weekend.

Jessica Andersen, 15, was named Miss Crosby Teen Queen for 2005. Andersen is a sophomore at Klahowya Secondary School and is an avid tennis player, likes cooking, traveling and shopping.

Jessica Rosmond, 15, a sophomore at Central Kitsap High School and Jessica Kluth, 16, a Running Start student at Olympic College, are the princesses of the Miss Crosby Teen pageant.

Rosmond, a former cheerleader, loves to swim and travel.

Kluth is involved with community theater, acting in many plays. She also took second place in the Crosby Days Talent Show with her dancing routine.

When the emcee introduced them, she said, “’We are not pulling your leg, they’re all named Jessica,’” recalled Myrna Harding. Myrna and her husband Ron were the judges and their daughter Janet, 18, Miss American Teen 2004, was the emcee for the pageant.

The three contenders for the crown also participated in the Whaling Days parade earlier this summer.

The three Jessicas’ duties throughout the year will be in community service. Janet Padden, event coordinator for the pageant, said the girls will be helping make Thanksgiving baskets that will be donated to local churches, and will volunteer their time toward a local food drive.

“For the girls, they’re pretty excited about that, just being involved with the community,” Padden said.

Padden’s husband, James, director of Crosby Community Club, said the pageant casts a positive light on the Crosby community.

“Naturally for the community club, ... we get some work out of it too,” he said jokingly about the volunteer hours that are part of the queen’s and princesses’ crown duties.

In their contention for the queen’s crown, the three girls were judged on their poise in the parade, their evening gowns, personal interviews with the judges, and a speech they each gave on stage.

Explaining there are no right or wrong answers, Myrna Harding said she and her husband looked for the girls to be comfortable, speak clearly, how their personalities showed through and how well they related to people.

“I was very pleased with all the contestants,” Myrna said.

Andersen made an especially positive impression on the Hardings.

“She smiled all the time, she was very real and herself and we really

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