Miss Castlegar Rhyan Johnstone (right) and Castlegar Princess Luisa Glowalla moments after winning the competition. Photo: John Boivin

Miss Castlegar winners ready for a year of fun, adventure and learning

Rhyan Johnstone, Luisa Glowalla crowned Castlegar royalty

“It feels amazing, it feels so surreal,” said 2019’s Miss Castlegar, Rhyan Johnstone, after the pageant last Friday where she was chosen. “I totally wasn’t expecting it, it’s just crazy.”

Johnstone may have been the only person in the room who didn’t expect her to win the award.

Just a few moments before, she was given the Training Award, the Talent Award, and was runner-up for the Speech Award. The Miss Castlegar crown seemed like a given by then.

Johnstone was selected from a slate of nine candidates at the pageant, held at Stanley Humphries Secondary.

Johnstone’s Princess, Luisa Glowalla, was also shocked and honoured by her win.

“I don’t have words, I wasn’t expecting it at all to say the least,” she said. “It felt amazing. I couldn’t control my tears.”

Busy five months

The Miss Castlegar contest is designed to help groom all the candidates into capable, confident young women.

The pageant is only the tip of the iceberg, so to speak. Three-quarters of the candidate’s points are earned before they even take the stage, in a five-month long course.

The nine young women started training in January, and met every Wednesday for three hours leading up to the pageant. Their training included public speaking, modelling, current events, and time management. They learned about city council, political parties, Castlegar history, resume writing, and personal interview skills.

Guest speakers come in and talk to the young women on nutrition, make-up/skin care, customer service/etiquette, women’s safety and awareness, and budgeting/financial planning.

They also learn an opening number dance for pageant night.

They present a prepared four-minute speech at the judged speech competition, which is held two weeks prior to the pageant. They also have a 15-minute personal interview with the judges the day of pageant.

“I feel as though my public speaking skills have increased, as a musician I am used to being up on stage and presenting myself,” said Johnstone. “But I never knew public speaking would be so much harder, and I think this program has helped me to grow in this aspect.”

As the runner-up in the competition, Glowalla agreed.

“The hardest part was standing here,” she says. “I am used to talking to people face-to-face, but being on stage scared me.”

The two young women now have a year ahead of travel, representing Castlegar, and taking part in public events. The pair are neighbours and old friends, so they say they’ll have no problem working together and having fun in their new positions.

Both girls acknowledged their friends and fellow contestants.

“I knew coming into the program I would meet lots of new friends,” said Johnstone. “They were amazing, all of them. I never knew I would come out finding so many friends and buildings such strong bonds with the rest of them.”

Following is the list of award winners:

Queen Committee Training Award (given to the candidate in recognition of her responsibility, dedication and effort during the five months of training): Rhyan Johnstone

Speech Award: Isabel Fitchett

Runner-up Speech Award: Rhyan Johnstone

Talent Award: Rhyan Johnstone

Runner-up Talent Award: Luisa Glowalla

Perseverance Award (awarded to the candidate showing determination and strength to move forward and who has grown substantially through the program): Lucy Walters

Miss Friendship (chosen by her fellow candidates): Stefanie Soukeroff


Miss Selkirk Lions Reneet Kang performed a combination hip-hop and bhangra dance for the talent show. Photo: John Boivin

MIss Trowelex Isabelle Fitchett made the catwalk her own during the competition. Photo: John Boivin

Miss Selkirk Lions Reneet Kang displayed grace in motion. Photo: John Boivin

Miss Royal Canadian Legion Jenna Rohn shows poise on the catwalk. Photo: John Boivin

Fitchett wowed the crowd with her violin performance during the talent competition. Photo: John Boivin

Miss Rotary Clarice Kirtzinger enters the stage during the evening wear competition. Photo: John Boivin

Miss KFS Stefanie Soukeroff struts onto the catwalk during the casual wear portion of the evening. Photo by: John Boivin

Nineties fashion was the theme of the casual wear event. Here Miss Sun Life Financial (and later Miss Castlegar) Rhyan Johnstone wears a shout out to a classic ‘90s TV show. Photo: John Boivin

Miss Royal Canadian Legion Jenna Rohn showing confidence on the stage. Photo: John Boivin

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