By LENORE RUTHERFORD
Heather Hjelmervik, 17, of San Andreas was named Miss Calaveras County Thursday night at the conclusion of a two-hour pageant at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.
Her rendition of the song,"When I Call on Jesus" won the talent portion of the contest, and she also won an award for community service.
Hjelmervik is the daughter of Lynn Hjelmervik and Neil and Ingrid Hjelmervik. Her interests include singing, dancing, acting and being involved in school activities.
Her goal in life is to become a music teacher.
"I feel blessed," she said. "It was a great experience working with the other girls, and I am excited about representing Calaveras County."
She said she loves to sing and has wanted to be part of the pageant for as long as she can remember.
The girls were judged 40 percent on talent, 30 percent on interviews, 20 percent on evening gown and speech and 10 percent sportswear modeling.
Heather Lovett, 17, of Angels Camp was named first runner-up and won the award for being most photogenic. Ashley Brucklacher, 17, of San Andreas was second runner-up.
The congeniality award went to Amy Justice.
A new award this year is the directors' award, given for personal growth and risk taking. It went to Jan'et Ward, an 18-year-old student at Columbia College.
Rounding out the queen's court are Jasmine McGathon, Rene Baca, Kate Wooster and Megan Cleland.
The queen candidates presented pageant organizer Kathy Mazzaferro and her assistant Zerrall McDaniel with flowers and a poster that said "You make a difference."
Mazzaferro was Miss Calaveras County in 1971. Her maiden name was Mathas. McDaniel was Miss Calaveras County in 1967, when she went by the name Lynn Thornton.