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12 to compete for Miss Nisswa title Saturday

2011 Little Miss Nisswa participants include, front row from left, Carsyn Krassa

NISSWA — The Nisswa Area Women of Today will kick off the 2011 Nisswa Winter Jubilee by hosting the Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Saturday at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Miss Nisswa 2010 Renee Kardell will crown one of 12 area high school seniors as the area’s newest royalty.

Miss Nisswa candidates are Maggie Clement, daughter of Lynne and Pete Clement; Alanna Hansen, daughter of Shawn and Terry Hansen; Rachael Howard, daughter of Joe and Lynn Howard; Randi Georges, daughter of JoAnn and Randy Georges; Becca Gervais, daughter of Matt and Nancy Gervais; Mindy Jacobson, daughter of Dan and Nancy Jacobson; Marlee Landsburg, daughter of John and Tina Landsburg; Rachael Langer, daughter of Roger and Shelly Langer; Samantha Loberg, daughter of Tony and Melinda Loberg; Acacia Lundeen, daughter of Nathan and Brenda Lundeen; Jackie Thurlow, daughter of Mimi and the late Scott “Mike” Thurlow; and Jamie Whitehead, daughter of Tom and Denise Whitehead. 

Tickets to the pageant are $5 at the door and include a cake and punch reception after the pageant.

The first appearance of the 2011 Miss Nisswa will be during the Nisswa Winter Jubilee parade at noon Feb. 19. Dozens of other Winter Jubilee activities are planned.

Twenty-one Nisswa and Pequot Lakes area second-graders will participate in the Little Miss Nisswa pageant.

Kim Blakeman, co-chair, is over-seeing the Little Miss Nisswa candidates with Kaitlyn Christianson and Nicole Traut choreographing the girls’ dance.

Escorts for these girls are Gray Gitchell and Jackson Holmes.

Three judges will review each contestant’s essay before the pageant, as well as conduct an initial one-on-one interview with them. At the event, the Miss Nisswa contestants will be judged on presences in both casual wear and formal wear, as well as to their answers to an impromptu question.

Both the Miss Nisswa and Little Miss Nisswa contestants will perform dances. Mistresses of ceremony will be Stacey Waidelich and Tasha Weinrich, board members of the Nisswa Area Women of Today. Kardell and Katie Zeigler will sing, and Sue Jewell will play the piano. Escorts for the contestants will be Jordan Shiltz, Joe Haeg and Jesse Zahn. Host and hostesses for the 2011 scholarship pageant will be 2010 parents Greg Kardell, Carol Kardell, Darcy and Tasha Weinrich.

In addition to coordinating the event, pageant chairperson Penny Stumvoll arranged for Kathy Thompson to help contestants prepare for the show, learning techniques on make-up, modeling and on-stage presence.

The Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant provides generous prizes to all participants, thanks to the support of area businesses and individual sponsors. Miss Nisswa will receive  a $2,000 scholarship and many gifts.

Nisswa Princess will receive a $1,400 scholarship, and second Princess will receive a $1,100 scholarship. Miss Congeniality will receive $300 and gifts. Essay and interview winners each receive $250. There will also be gifts for the Little Miss Nisswa participants.