The 19-year-old Golden West College student stood there for a
brief moment, almost uncertain that she, indeed, had won the title.
"I was stunned," declared Hibben, the first runner-up in last
year's pageant and only one of two contestants to return from a year
"To be completely honest, I thought they were going to call out
someone else's name. I really don't think it has sunk in just yet."
Hibben won over the judges with her style, her talent -- she sang,
"Shy," from the Broadway musical "Once Upon a Mattress" -- and her
platform, which was "Substance Abuse Among Adolescence."
She said her previous experience with the pageant helped better
prepare her this time out.
"You still get nervous, but at the same time, you're more sure of
yourself," Hibben said. "I was really prepared and I'm just thrilled
to death. I'm so proud to be able to represent Huntington Beach. My
main goal is to be the best possible representative for our city."
Hibben, who won $1,200 in scholarship money, will represent Surf
City at June's Miss California-America Pageant, a preliminary
competition to September's Miss America contest in Atlantic City.
Completing the royal court were first runner-up Annalisa Abbs, 22,
a Huntington Beach resident attending Azusa Pacific University and
winner of $700; second runner-up Erin Britt, 19, an Orange Coast
College student and winner of $500; Dorri Daggett, an 18-year-old
Golden West College student and winner of the Miss Congeniality
award; and Ocean View High student Andrea Letcher, 17, who was named
"The pageant was a great success -- it was one of our best," said
June Dougmore, executive director of the scholarship pageant. "All of
the girls did an outstanding job."