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Six young women compete for 2008 Miss Shamrock

Winner will represent the Irish of Emmetsburg

March 2, 2008
Messenger News
EMMETSBURG — Six young women hope to represent the Irish of Emmetsburg as the 2008 Miss Shamrock.

The pageant will be at 7 p.m. March 9 at Corrigan Hall, part of the Holy Family Catholic Church complex at 2001 S. Broadway, Emmetsburg.

Competition in the Miss Shamrock Pageant includes an interview with the panel of judges, introduction in casual wear, talent performance, formal wear and an on-stage question.

Miss Iowa, Diana Reed, will speak and perform during the pageant.

Pageant contestants are Kylie Carter, Tracy Fay, Lynn Geelan, April Gunderson, Kylie Woodley and Chelsea Zaragoza.

The pageant, open to the public, is the kick-off event to the annual St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Emmetsburg. Admission is $5 at the door.

The contestants are:

• Kylie Carter, 18, daughter of Andrew and Holly Carter, of Emmetsburg. A senior at Emmetsburg High School, she is active in varsity show choir, cheerleading and concert choir and is the secretary of the senior class. She was named Student of the Month in May 2007, is listed as an Outstanding Student of America and a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

Carter is involved in the community as an E’Hawk Buddy, a peer tutor and is part of the Education Talent Search. She is a member of JEL, Lighten Up Iowa, her church youth group and also does fundraising for muscular dystrophy through the Taylor Fund.

Her hobbies include singing, dancing, watching movies, eating Mexican food and spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend Iowa State University to double major in fitness management and athletic coaching with a minor in Spanish.

She will perform a vocal solo, “Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go).”

• Tracy Fay is the 17-year-old daughter of Jerry and Kris Fay, of Wallingford. She is a senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School, where she is involved in drill team, show choir, varsity choir, jazz choir, band and the color guard. She is a member of the Pepper staff and is listed on the A honor roll.

She is also active in her community, where she serves as an assistant Sunday school teacher, and she is very involved in dance, serving as an assistant to her dance instructor. She is working to receive her purple cord for community service at graduation.

Fay’s interests include dance, music, playing the piano and spending time with friends and family. She plans to attend Iowa Lakes Community College, then transfer to Iowa State University, followed by medical school. Her career goal is to become either a reproductive therapist or a psychiatrist.

For the talent portion of competition, she will perform a lyrical dance to ‘‘And We’re Dancing.’’

• April Gunderson, 18, is the daughter of Jay and Roslyn Gunderson, of Ringsted. She is a senior at Armstrong-Ringsted High School, where she is active in volleyball, softball, track, band and choir. She is the captain of the drill team, editor of the Mustang yearbook and is vice president of the student council.

Gunderson is also involved in her community as a Big Buddie, a member of the Kinship Board of Directors and a member of her church choir. She was the winner of the Voice of Democracy contest and will receive a silver cord at graduation for community service.

She works part time at Romantic Treasures. Her hobbies include singing, shopping, quilting, scrapbooking, photography, reading and hanging out with friends. She plans to attend Morningside College and be involved in choir and softball.

For the talent portion of the competition, she will sing “I (Who Have Nothing).”

• Lynn Geelan, 18, is the daughter of Pat and Kristi Geelan, of Ruthven. A senior at Ruthven-Ayrshire High School, she is involved in band, concert choir, swing choir, volleyball, basketball and golf. She is a member of the National Honor Society and served as the statistician for the football team.

Her community activities include being an active church member and a CCD teacher. She also represented Ruthven at Iowa Girls State.

Geelan’s interests include playing sports, watching movies and spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend Briar Cliff University to become a pediatric nurse.

She will perform a vocal solo, ‘‘Danny Boy,’’ for the talent portion of the competition.

• Kylie Woodley, 17, daughter of Rick and Kerrie Woodle, of Laurens, is a senior at Laurens-Marathon High School, where she is involved in volleyball, basketball, golf, softball and drill team. She is also the senior class president, Y-Teens president, a member of the physics club and yearbook business manager. She is an honor roll student and vice president of the National Honor Society.

Woodley is active in the community as a volunteer for the Rally for the Cure golf tournament. She is in CCD and volunteers frequently in her church. She has attended and will be a counselor for the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership camp and is the recipient of the Kiwanis Good Citizenship Award. She also volunteers as a coach and official for youth volleyball and is an elementary tutor.

Her hobbies include sports, scrapbooking, baking, hair styling and spending time with family and friends. She plans to attend Buena Vista University and major in exercise science/pre-chiropractic and wants to be part of the golf team.

For the talent portion of competition, she will perform a pom dance selection to “One Night Only” from “Dreamgirls.”

• Chelsea Zaragoza, 17, daughter of Ned and Molly Zaragoza, of Ruthven. She is a senior at Ruthven-Ayrshire High School, where she is involved with swim team, cheerleading, track and quiz bowl. She is also a member of band, jazz band, concert choir and show choir.

She is president of the Cantering 4-H’ers and serves on the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council. She also is active in Luther League. Her hobbies include swimming, reading, singing and horseback riding.

Zaragoza plans to attend Buena Vista University to major in communications and graphic design.

For the talent portion of the competition, she will sing “In My Own Little Corner” from “Cinderella.”

Fact Box

Irish Junior Miss Pageant contestants
EMMETSBURG — Irish Junior Miss Pageants will be March 9 in Emmetsburg, choosing the girls who will reign over the annual St. Patrick’s Day festivities.
The pageant will be at 3 p.m. at Corrigan Hall in Emmetsburg. Admission is $3 for all ages.
Little Miss Shamrock contestants, ages 5 to 7, are:
• Anna Brennan, Emmetsburg, daughter of Rick and Diane Brennan. She will sing ‘‘If I Were a Butterfly.’’
• Lindsay Carter, Emmetsburg, daughter of Joe and Lisa Carter, will dance to ‘‘I Enjoy Being a Girl.’’
• Jade Garman, Whittemore, is the daughter of Brian and Linda Garman. She will sing ‘‘On the Good Ship Lollipop.’’
• Therese Matthews, Emmetsburg, daughter of Laura and Paul Matthews, will do a dance routine to ‘‘Cuddly Ducks.’’
Little Lassie contestants, ages 8 to 11, are:
• Kiersten Aldous, Emmetsburg, daughter of Steve and Jill Aldous. She will play a piano solo, ‘‘As the Deer.’’
• Maddie Elbert, Rock Rapids, is the daughter of Mike and Jen Elbert. She will play a piano solo, ‘‘Dance of the Irish, the Spider Dance.’’
• Savanna Hunter, West Bend, daughter of Paul and Anita Hunter, will sing ‘‘Tomorrow Needs Us.’’
• Laura Moser, Cylinder, daughter of Jamie and Carmen Moser, will play a piano solo, ‘‘My Heart Will Go On.’’
• Alexa Naig, Emmetsburg, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig, will sing ‘‘No One.’’
• Marissa Neusch, Armstrong, daughter of Robbin Neusch and Joe Neusch, will sing ‘‘Nothing At All.’’
• Natalie Ruiz, Emmetsburg, daughter of Kristen Ruiz, will sing ‘‘Good Morning Baltimore.’’
Irish Miss contestants, ages 12 to 16, are:
• Hannah Bird, Emmetsburg, daughter of Rick and Julie Bird, will sing ‘‘Broken.’’
• Shelby Brindley, Emmetsburg, is the daughter of Shelly Tonderum and Jeff Brindley. She will sing ‘‘Walking On Sunshine.’’
• Casey Henricksen, Emmetsburg, daughter of Sharon Henricksen and Gary Henricksen, will perform ‘‘This One’s for the Girls.’’
• Taylor Jepsen, Terril, is the daughter of Shane and Anissa Jepsen. She will sing ‘‘Cowboy, Take Me Away.’’
• Paige Naig, Emmetsburg, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig, will sing ‘‘Anyway.’’
• Sarah Matthews, Emmetsburg, daughter of Paul and Laura Matthews, will sing ‘‘When You Believe.’’
• Jenna Wolfe, Emmetsburg, daughter of Jesse and Janice Wolfe, will sing ‘‘Teardrops on My Guitar.’’
Also performing will be last year’s queens:
• 2007 Little Miss Shamrock Bailey Naig, Emmetsburg, daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig, will do a jazz dance to ‘‘The Cat in the Hat.’’
• 2007 Little Lassie Kendall Deitering, Emmetsburg, daughter of SueAnne and Brian Deitering, will dance to ‘‘I’ve Been Everywhere.’’
• 2007 Irish Miss Graye Farnum, Estherville, daughter of David and Darce Farnum, will dance to ‘‘You Can’t Stop the Beat.’’

 
 

 

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