The Nisswa Area Women of Today will kick off the 2007 Nisswa Winter Jubilee by hosting the 2007 Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant on Friday, Feb. 9, at the Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.
The event will begin at 7 p.m. and will culminate when the reigning Miss Nisswa, Brittany Haberman, crowns one of eight local seniors as the area's newest royalty.
Tickets to the pageant are $5 at the door and include a cake and punch reception immediately following the pageant.
The first appearance of the 2007 Miss Nisswa will be during the Nisswa Winter Jubilee parade at noon Saturday, Feb. 17. Dozens of other Winter Jubilee activities also are planned.
Little Miss Nisswa contestants, with parents' names in parentheses: standing (left), Lyndsey Johnson (Curt and Caryn Johnson), Mackenzie Renford (Mike and Toni Renford), Samantha Littman (Kevin and Stacy Littman), Kenna Yutrzenka (Kevin and Kristy Yutrzenka), Mariah Blakeman (Kent and Kim Blakeman), Ashley Bursch (Darren and Michelle Bursch), Katrina Burns (Mike and Jenny Burns). Kneeling (left), Kayla Geike (Richard and Jane Geike), Chloe Bermel (Brett and Stephanie Bermel), Samantha Lyons (Shawn Lyons), Taylor Mudgett (Tom and Jessie Mudgett), Kaitlyn Kruger (Rick and Lisa Kruger), Quinn Kratochvil (Andy and Shannon Kratochvil), Hailee Johnson (Chris and Melissa Johnson). Sitting (left), Vanessa Sellner (Gregg and Lori Sellner), Raelee Wood (Gary and Tiffany Wood), Sydney Darkow (Bruce and Vicky Darkow), Jenna Schuft (Jim and Barb Schuft) and Kaisa Bernu (Jared and Lori Bernu).
Miss Nisswa candidates include Celina Dobson, Crista Hemmerich, Ashley Hillstrom, Rachel Lindman, Connie London, Carlie Owens, Carolyn Sneep, and Robyn Wernberg. Nineteen Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area second-graders will participate in the Little Miss Nisswa pageant.
Three judges will review each contestant's essays prior to the pageant, as well as conduct an initial one-on-one interview with each. At the event, the Miss Nisswa contestants will be judged on presences in casual wear and formal wear, as well as to their answers to an impromptu question.
The Scholarship Pageant will be filled with entertainment and excitement, with dance performances by Miss Nisswa and Little Miss Nisswa contestants, choreographed by Olivia Aguirre. Mistresses of ceremony will be Bridget Walthers and Stacey Waidelich, president of the Nisswa Area Women of Today. Sue Jewell will play the piano. Escorts for the contestants will be Austin Shiltz and Travis Roberts. Host and hostesses will be Sandy Tautges and Warren Haberman, Khaled and Stacy Aldin and John and Carrie Guida.
In addition to coordinating the event, pageant chairperson Penny Stumvoll arranged for Mrs. Minnesota, Kathy Thompson, to help contestants prepare for the show.
The Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant provides prizes to all participants, thanks to the support of area businesses and individual sponsors. Miss Nisswa will receive $1,800 in scholarship and numerous gifts. The Nisswa Princess will receive a $1,200 scholarship and the runner-up a $900 scholarship. Miss Congeniality will receive $200 and gifts. Essay and interview winners each receive $100. There also will be gifts for the Little Miss participants.
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