Emily Kallis crowned Miss Coon Rapids

Emily Kallis is the new Miss Coon Rapids.

Newly-crowned Miss Coon Rapids, Emily Kallis.

Newly-crowned Miss Coon Rapids, Emily Kallis.

Kallis won the title at the 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant at Anoka-Ramsey Community College’s Performing Arts Center Saturday evening.

She qualified to compete at the 2013 Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant in June 2013 for a chance to advance to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant later that year.

“I am so excited and honored,” Kallis said in an interview immediately following the pageant.

Kallis has qualified for Miss Minnesota for a second time.

In 2010 she was crowned Miss Frazee, her home town, and competed in the 2011 Miss Minnesota Pageant.

“It was a really good experience,” Kallis said.

There were five phases of competition in the pageant – a pre-pageant personal interview with the judges, during which contestants talk about their platform, and answer judges’ questions; talent; lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit; evening wear; and on-state question.

The talent counts 35 percent, interview 25 percent, evening wear 20 percent, lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit 15 percent and on-stage question 5 percent.

Kallis’ talent presentation was a lyrical dance to the Brandi Carlile song, “Hallelujah.”

She’s not sure if she will change her talent for the Miss Minnesota Pageant, but it will definitely be a dance, Kallis said.

The platform she presented at the personal interview was “Empowering Children of Divorce.”

According to information provided by Kallis in the pageant program, her platform is the result of her own experience from her parents’ divorce.

“Because nearly 50 percent of marriages today are ending in divorce, I know the need is high for programs that could benefit kids going through the divorce of a loved one,” she wrote in the program.

Kallis has been working with kids struggling with the effects of their parents’ divorce through two programs.

One is Divorce Care 4 Kids (DC4K), a 13-week program designed for three through 12 years olds to help them heal from divorce.

“As Miss Coon Rapids, I want to take my platform into the community,” Kallis said.

Her goal is to have the program offered through the community education program to Coon Rapids children impacted by divorce, she said.

The second program that Kallis writes about in the pageant program is call Children of Divorce – Coping with Divorce, an online, e-learning program that enables adolescents to anonymously share their feelings and learn to deal with their struggles.

For winning the 2013 Miss Coon Rapids title, Kallis earned a $1,500 cash scholarship, crown with custom made crown box, sash, crown pin, Miss Coon Rapids stationary, 200 autograph cards, 50 photo buttons, diamond necklace and earring from Gould Jewelry in Anoka, $250 donation to the Children’s Miracle Network for the Miss Minnesota Pageant, $500 clothing allowance, $100 photo allowance, $250 pageant consulting from Cheri Kennedy – The Image Group, $350 discount on platinum gown from The Pageant Shop by Michaels-Sarah Moses and $100 discount on Miss Minnesota headshot photo from Paula Preston Photography.

In addition to the Miss Coon Rapids title, Kallis also won a $500 Beaurline Family Communications Scholarship Award for the best overall interview presented by Miss Coon Rapids 1991 Carla Beaurline.

Kallis and Paris Becker tied for the talent winner award, earning $50 each.

Becker also received a $100 cash award as Miss Congeniality, while Kaitlyn Borneke was the $100 evening gown winner and Kami Patrin received a $150 community service scholarship from the Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club, which required each candidate to write an essay on their community service activities.

Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Kallis has dual United States and Canadian citizenship and graduated from Frazee High School in northern Minnesota.

She attended the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, for one year before transferring to Bethel University, Arden Hills, where she is a second semester junior with plans to graduate in December 2013.

Kallis’ major is organizational communications and she is considering a career in marketing or human resources, she said.

She lists yoga, dancing, running, reading and hiking as some of her favorite activities.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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