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14 contestants to vie for Miss Brainerd and Miss Baxter

Posted: June 28, 2012 - 11:00pm
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Heather Erickson
Heather Erickson

Fourteen contestants will be vying for the title of the 2012 Miss Brainerd Lakes and the 2012 Miss Baxter Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday at Tornstrom Auditorium.

Doors open at 6:30 and tickets are $10 and are available at Riddle’s Jewelry.

Rebecca Yeh, 2011 Miss Brainerd Lakes, and Haley VanSteenwyk, 2011 Miss Baxter, will be giving up their crowns.

The contestants are:

• Meghan Becker, 18, the daughter of Monty and Michele Becker. She is a 2012 Brainerd High School (BHS) graduate. Becker’s platform is entitled “Breaking the Cycle: Promoting Awareness of Domestic Violence.” For her talent she will be singing.

• Brittney Dahlberg, 18, the daughter of Bernadette Montalvo. She is a 2012 graduate of BHS and Central Lakes College (CLC). Her platform is entitled “Happily Ever After: Promoting the Prevention of Child Abuse.” For her talent she will be doing a contemporary tumbling dance.

• Maren Goff, 18, the daughter of Patrick and Beverly Goff. She is a 2012 honor graduate with distinction and a fine arts scholar of BHS. Her platform is entitled “Reading Rocks: Promoting Children’s Literacy while Making Reading Fun.” Goff will be singing for her talent.

• Anna Bieganek, 17, the daughter of John and Nancy Bieganek. She will be a senior at BHS. Her platform is entitled “All Cancers Can Kill: Bringing awareness to all cancers and education about cancer.” For her talent she will be doing a gymnastics/dance routine.

• Jackie Thurlow, 19, the daughter of Mimi and the late Scott Mike Thurlow of Nisswa. She is a 2011 graduate of BHS and just completed her freshman year at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Her platform is entitled “Building Healthy Hearts: Heart Disease Awareness.” For her talent she will be tap dancing.

• Kaylie Johnson, 17, the daughter of Kathy and Lee Johnson. She will be a senior at BHS. Her platform is entitled “Give to Live,” promoting awareness of blood donation. She will play the clarinet for her talent.

• Hope Mankowski, 19, the daughter of Steven Mankowski and Melanie Simonson. She is a 2010 honor graduate of BHS and a 2011 graduate of Model College of Hair Design. Her platform is entitled “Speaking Out: Bullying Awareness and Prevention.” Her talent will be singing.

• Sarah Mozey, 18, the daughter of David and Christina Mozey. She is a 2011 honor graduate of BHS. She will be entering her second year of college at CLC. Her platform is entitled “Misunderstood Epidemic: Eating Disorders.” Her talent will be singing.

• Ann Jordan, 19, the daughter of Marcella Jordan. She is a 2011 BHS graduate and last year attended CLC. Her platform is entitled “Mental Disability Awareness.” She will be singing for her talent.

• Morgan Steffen, 17, the daughter of Bret and Cheryl Steffen. She will be a senior at BHS. Her platform is entitled “Mentoring Through Music.” She will be playing the piano for her talent.

• Arabella Jones, 18, the daughter of Melissa and Steve Jones. She is a 2012 BHS graduate with distinction. Her platform is entitled “Just the Way You Are,” teaching girls to love themselves. For her talent she will be playing the flute.

• Hollie Garry, 19, the daughter of Bill and Theresa Garry. She is a 2011 BHS graduate. Her platform is entitled “What a Beautiful Life,” raising awareness about abortion. For her talent she will be doing an original monologue.

• Heather Erickson, 22, the daughter of Wayne and Rox-Ann Erickson. She is a 2007 BHS honor with distinction graduate, a 2009 CLC graduate and a 2011 graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Her platform is entitled “Transforming Lifestyles: Make healthy Happen.” For her talent she will play the violin.

• Jamie Whitehead, 19, the daughter of Tom and Denise Whitehead. She is a 2011 BHS honor graduate and has completed her first year at the University of North Dakota. Her platform is entitled “In-text-icated: The Dangers of Texting and Driving.” For her talent she will play the violin.

JENNIFER STOCKINGER may be reached at jennifer.stockinger@brainerddispatch.com or 855-5851. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/jennewsgirl.