For the third year, the Woodlake Valley Chamber of Commerce held a coronation ceremony for its newly crowned Miss Woodlake. The festivities took place last month at the Doris and Francis White Community Center.
Reigning over Woodlake for the coming year will be Darlene Christie, who took the top royalty spot in what was reported to be a close race. First-place runner up was Carla Herrera; second place went to Melissa Samaniego, announced Rachel Lira, Miss Woodlake coordinator.
The contestants competed by selling tickets, writing an essay, in a fashion photo shoot, and during a question-and-answer session with the judges.
Miss Woodlake-Darlene Christie is a senior at Woodlake High School and the daughter of Diana Christie. She is the granddaughter of the late Leo Robinson, Woodlake High’s legendary football coach.
She has been honored twice by the Tulare County of Education’s Character Counts program. After graduating in June, Darlene plans to attend College of the Sequoias, then Fresno State, with a goal of becoming a teacher.
Throughout the coming year, Darlene will represent the city of Woodlake and the chamber of commerce at various civic events.