|Sabrina Zink in Miss Colorado princess mentoring program|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
A shimmering crown, bouncy curls, white sash and a glittering dress made the experience complete as Sabrina Zink got to walk across the Miss Colorado stage last week.
Although she looked much older, this 11-year-old girl from Holyoke had the opportunity of a lifetime to participate in the Miss Colorado princess mentoring program.
Each Miss Colorado contestant participating in the June 27-29 pageant was paired with a princess—young girls ages 4-12 who had the opportunity to be mentored by some of Colorado’s most intelligent, beautiful and talented young women.
Ashley Bernal, the 22-year-old Miss Pueblo, was “really nice and really pretty,” according to Zink. The princess first met the Miss Colorado contestant a few weeks ago at a fancy dress boutique. The 11-year-old not only got to know Bernal but also was excited to find her future prom dress among the glitz and glam of the boutique.
The two also got to meet another time in Fort Morgan to go through everything for the pageant.
After a rehearsal Wednesday night, June 26, Zink was all ready for the glamorous pageant Thursday in Denver at the Ellie Caulkins Opera House.
Preliminary events for Miss Colorado took place Thursday and Friday, with the final contestants remaining for the Saturday finale. Miss Teen Colorado and Miss Outstanding Teen Colorado were also crowned at the pageant.
With her mom Jane there to cheer her on, Zink was excited to step out onto the stage for the opening number Thursday evening. The Miss Colorado contestants and the princess were all on stage together, followed by a routine with the princesses by themselves—complete with their matching black tank tops.
After the swimsuit competition, Zink was back out on stage again to escort Bernal in the evening gown portion of the night. Zink looked the part with a pretty dress, sash and crown as she and Miss Pueblo welcomed the crowd with a little planned routine.
Miss Pueblo Ashley Bernal, at left, meets princess Sabrina Zink on
Zink described Bernal’s dress as a pretty mint green with flowy layers of fabric attached to her wrists. Part of her long, black hair was up, with makeup highlighting her pretty eyes.
Zink then got to watch the rest of Thursday’s events, which resulted in an “awesome” experience for this soon-to-be sixth-grader.
She said she would have loved to be up there competing herself. Zink has been involved in activities like cheerleading as well as a Dream Girls pageant a couple years ago.
Her mom has received emails about the princess mentoring program for about five years, and this year when she asked her daughter about it, both were excited for the opportunity.
The pageant continued Friday with the talent competition and questions for the contestants. Bernal won the talent portion of the pageant, wowing the judges with her piano playing.
Bernal speaks fluent Mandarin Chinese. She grew up in Taipei, Taiwan and lived there for 10 years. Her platform is multicultural awareness and education.
Unfortunately, Zink said Bernal did not win Miss Colorado at the Saturday finals, so she won’t be moving on to compete in Miss America this year.
Zink looks back on the experience with adorable 11-year-old delight, excitement and enthusiasm about being on the Miss Colorado stage and the possibility of competing in pageants in the years to come.
The Holyoke Enterprise July 4, 2013