Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition

The Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition provides an opportunity to enhance your personal development in the areas of poise, self-confidence, communication skills, and good sportsmanship. All contestants can enjoy participating in the event and receive a memento of the competition. It will be a memorable learning experience for those who challenge themselves by being a participant. The competition is not a beauty contest, but rather a program that fosters community service and personal development through the various areas of competition.

The program began around 1960 with the Golden Feather Girl. About 1966, the program name was changed to Miss Butte County. The program experienced many changes as society always does. During the 1990's the infamous "bathing suit" competition was removed as a phase of competition in hopes to change the façade of a "Beauty Pageant."

In 2004, the Butte County Fair Board voted to change the name of the program to mirror the California State program to "Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition."

The Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition consists of the following programs:

  • Miss Butte County Ages 17-21
  • Miss Teen Butte County Ages 13-16
  • Missette Butte County Ages 9-12

Each contestant is judged on personality in their interview, personal introductions (speech), talent and impromptu question. The Miss Teen and Miss divisions also have a community service requirement.

These young ladies who are selected to represent our great county of Butte as a titleholder, they have one year to wear their crown and experience personal growth like none other. During their reign as a Queen, 1st Runner-Up, or Congeniality, they have the opportunity to participate in community service activities while promoting the Program and the Butte County Fair. During these events, they will learn what it means to get their hands dirty, meet new people and grow into a more well-rounded individual.

The crown opens doors that would not be opened for them otherwise.

2017 Miss Butte County Pageant Winners

Karli Martin:
Miss / Congeniality

Alma Magana:
1st Runner Up

Audrey Johnson:
Miss Teen

Savannah Arcangeli:
1st Runner Up

Isabella Dake:
Congeniality

Bella Warren:
Missette

Reagan Witt:
1st Runner Up

Jasmine Johnson:
Congeniality

2017 Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition

Miss #1
Karli Martin
Age: 17
Parents: David and Kim Mell
Hobbies/Interests:
Taking on challenges that seem impossible, Dance, Rugby, participating in school activities and Relay for Life, Community Service, Reading and spending time with my family, friends, and teammates.

Miss #2
Alma Magana
Age: 21
Parents: Francisco and Alma Rosa Magana
Hobbies/Interests:
Meeting new people, helping others and giving back to my community, Community Service and spending time at events with family and friends.

Teen #1
Audrey Johnson
Age: 13
Parents: Mark Johnson and Jenny Grining
Hobbies/Interests:
Playing piano, Singing, Swimming, Theater, Camping, Hiking, Rock climbing, Raising animals, Crocheting, Sewing, Crafts and DYI’s, Sports and spending time with family and friends.

Teen #2
Savannah Arcangeli
Age: 14
Parents: Tony and Mary Arcangeli
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with family and friends, attending Church/Church Activities, Singing, Theater, Cooking, Baking and Explorers/ Learning Firefighting.

Teen #3
Isabella Dake
Age: 13
Parents: Leon Dake and Jennifer Horn
Hobbies/Interests:
Singing, Dancing, Acting, playing drums, Traveling, Camping, Writing songs and spending time with family and friends,

Missette #1
Reagan Witt
Age: 9
Parents: Taylor Witt and Charity Holliman
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time/Traveling/going to the lake with family and friends, Dancing, Cheerleading, Acrobatics, Softball, Reading, Creative Art and being active with school and community activities.

Missette #2
Jasmine Johnson
Age: 10
Parents: Mark Johnson and Jenny Grining
Hobbies/Interests:
Voice, Piano, Camping, Poetry and Swimming.

Missette #3
Aricka Hickman
Age: 11
Parents: Tod and Alyse Hickman
Hobbies/Interests:
Community Service, Spending time with family and friends, helping my teachers and the little kids at school, Baton, Theater, Sewing, Job’s Daughters and taking care of my animals.

Missette #4
Bella Warren
Age: 10
Parents: Jesse and Kylee Warren
Hobbies/Interests:
Gymnastics, Dance, Swimming, Cheerleading, Surfing and my Family.

Missette #5
Lillie-Anna Petty
Age: 10
Parents: Dale and Melanie Petty
Hobbies/Interests:
Spending time with family and friends, Dancing, Girl Scouts, going to Church and taking care of my animals.

Brianna Brockman: Miss Butte County 2016

I always knew my Senior year of high school would be exciting, but I never imagined how. Eight years of service with the Miss Butte County Scholarship Program, and it’s all coming to a close with this final year, serving as your 2016-17 Miss Butte County. I could not have been more blessed.

I started my journey in 2009 as Missette Butte County, and my dream became to follow in the footsteps of my fellow royal court sister, Melissa Carr, and become a “triple crown winner.” I later achieved 2012 Miss Teen Butte County, and now, with this opportunity, I not only achieved my goal, but a dream.

I could never say enough about how amazing this year has been and will continue to be. From parade floats, tree lightings, and so many service opportunities, there is so much to do and experience. The people I have met, the things I have done, and the knowledge I have gained about my community cannot be rivaled. My personal favorite event has been the Butte County Historical Society Tea, where we as a Court served tea and lunch to the guests at the Ehman home in Oroville. Serving everyone and talking with the guests was so much fun, not to mention exploring the historic house.

And of course, there’s always the amazing people that I serve with. Melanie, Aricka, KG, and Trinity are all amazing girls and I love getting to call them my Court sisters. We are like family because of this program and that will continue even when our year ends.

As I always tell everyone, if you are even slightly considering competing in the Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition, do it. The friends you make and experiences you gain are so incredible. You won’t regret it.

Saying Goodbye

Eight years ago, I stood on this same stage, holding the hands of the girls beside me, and waiting to hear whose name would be called as Missette Butte County. At ten years old, I couldn’t grasp the scope of the change that the Miss Butte County Scholarship Program would bring to my life, or how it would shape the woman I became eight years down the road.

My name is Brianna Brockman, and I am proud to be your 2016 Miss Butte County, your 2012 Miss Teen Butte County, and your 2009 Missette Butte County. I am the first person in the Program’s history to achieve all three titles consecutively, and that is an honor that I will forever hold close to my heart.

Believe it or not, this all started in the boys toy aisle of Target. It was my childhood friend’s birthday, and my mom and I had called his mom to find out what we should get him as a gift. Instead of answering the question, she went on a tirade about how I should compete in this pageant program at the fair and how I was perfect for it. After a few days and a long conversation with my family, we decided it was worth a shot, even though we had no idea what we were doing. As I was told later by my parents, I “wasn’t supposed to win.” My participation in the program was meant to be a learning lesson on how things don’t always go your way. Needless to say, their plan backfired a little bit.

And here I stand, one month from flying to LA to start school at UCLA, and saying goodbye to something that has been a large part of who I am for nearly half of my life. It has given me confidence in myself and my skills, has turned me into a public speaker, and instilled an everlasting love for my community. Whether it was a holiday parade, a fair to attend, a community event to help at, or a benefit to promote, I was there, and I couldn’t have wished for a better way to spend my last year in Butte County.

I was once told that when it comes to holding a title, you make your year, and I honestly believe that is the most spot on statement about Miss Butte County. Sure, we do hundreds of hours working in our community, but you choose how to enjoy it. You find little things in each event that just make everything fun and worth it, whether it’s the honest words of thank you from a vender, the smile on a young girl’s face when you hand her a Lolli pop, the firm handshake of an event organizer who asked you to help because they were shorthanded, or seeing the beautiful flowers blooming here on the fairgrounds after hours spent planting them. And not to mention, the lifelong memories that will follow me for the rest of my life, like the time I did the Gangnam Style dance on our decked out tropical paradise float in the Chico Parade of lights, or when Melanie and I stood in the pouring rain outside of JCPenney’s in Chico, ringing the Salvation Army bells and singing Panic at the Disco songs. This year was amazing.

Thank you for having me as your 2016 Miss Butte County and thank you to the Butte County Fair Board and CEO Steve Kenny for continually supporting such a life changing program. I’ve loved every second I spent growing up and working in our amazing community, and no matter where I go, I will always call this place home.

Kirsten-Grace Baker: Miss Teen Butte County 2016

After running for Missette Butte County and winning back in 2011, I knew that I had to come back to compete for Miss Teen Butte County.  When I won this year, I was excited to have the opportunity to reach out in my community yet again.  This year has consisted of many engaging events that allow me to have fun and help others at the same time.  Personally, I enjoyed helping out at the Butte County Fair in the 3 days after I received my title.  People could see the immediate actions of our Royal Court, and we were able to help at the fair in any way we were needed.  I was able to help give kids a push to start a tricycle race, and it is always fun to see children who look up at us in awe.  For anyone considering competing, I definitely encourage it!  This program is such a life changing opportunity that improves people skills, poise, and confidence.  I’ve grown so much through this program, and I know I still have so much more to learn before my year as Miss Teen Butte County ends.

Melanie Cunningham: Missette Butte County 2016

Hello, my name is Melanie Cunningham and I am your 2016 Missette Butte County and Congeniality. This year has been a very busy and exciting year being a part of the Miss Butte County Royal Court. So far, this year we have done many community events together, learning together, helping others, and making new friends.

The fun all starts at the Butte County Fair where we get to help with fair duties, meet the community, and attend all the events. I also got the privilege to sing our National Anthem at the Destruction Derby! Since becoming Missette Butte County I have had the honor to attend several community events in our area such as the Special Olympics Basketball Tournament, The Concours d’Elegance, and Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, where I again was able to sing the National Anthem. I love to sing and I am so thankful to the Miss Butte County Scholarship Program for the opportunity to follow my dreams. I am now able to stand in front of a crowd and speak and I am willing to walk up to new people and make friends.

I would like to encourage all the young ladies in Butte County to get and application for the Miss Butte County Scholarship Competition. Meet new friends, learn new things, help your community, and have some fun!

See you all at the 2017 Butte County Fair in August!

2016 Royal Court Winner Photo

2016 Royal Court
  • Miss Butte County -- Brianna Brockman
  • Miss Teen Butte County & Congeniality -- Kirsten-Grace Baker
  • Miss Teen Butte County 1st Runner Up -- Trinity Reynolds
  • Missette Butte County & Congeniality -- Melanie Cunningham
  • Missette Butte County 1st Runner Up -- Aricka Hickman