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Subject: Struggle for pageant crown continues Competing companies appear in Superior Court

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Date Posted: 02/ 8/05 2:59:30pm

Photo by Beau Yarbrough - Marisol Villagomez, an 18-year-old Hesperia High School student, was crowned Miss Hesperia Achievement by Lynzee Merritt, the former Miss Hesperia. Villagomez also was chosen as Most Photogenic by the judges. The Miss Hesperia Achievement Pageant took place a week ago at Hook Junior High School in Victorville.

There are two different Hesperia women bearing the title of Miss Hesperia. There are two girls with the title Teen Miss Hesperia, two girls with the title Young Miss Hesperia. Two full sets of pageant queens, in fact.

The legal battle between the two competing pageants each claiming to crown the real Miss Hesperia, Miss Victorville and Miss Apple Valley had its first day in court last month, but the case is far from settled.

On the Wednesday before the Empire Pageants’ January 29 achievement pageant in Victorville, Empire Pageants and competing pageant company Star Power Productions both appeared in San Bernardino Superior Court in Victorville for a ruling on injunction and restraining order motions filed by Star Power head Michaelene Thrush.

Thrush’s motions were both turned down, clearing the way for Empire’s pageant to continue.

Thrush will continue to challenge Empire Pageants’ claim to the titles, however.

“Oh, yeah, definitely,” Thrush said last week. She acquired the Fictitious Business Names for the Miss Hesperia, Miss Victorville and Miss Apple Valley titles in April 2004, after Empire Pageants founder Jones “Jeep” Malone failed to renew them.

Thrush claims the FBNs give her company the sole right to use the names. Malone claims that the five years his company held pageants in the High Desert using those names gives him the right.
The case should be decided, when the two sides are headed to court for an appearance in front of a jury.

“We need it to be proved that I have the names,” Thrush said. In an attempt to further bolster her claim, she recently filed with the U.S. Patent Office. “I know what his papers say that they’re claiming.”

Malone could not be reached for comment by press time.

Beau Yarbrough can be reached at beau@hesperiastar.com or 956-7108

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