The 2013 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty were crowned at the annual pageant in the auditorium of Coon Rapids High School Saturday.
There were three divisions of competition – Petite, girls ages five-seven; Junior, girls ages eight-12; and Teen, girls ages 13-16.
• Chloe Lynn Keller was crowned Petite Queen with Natalie Taylor named Petite Princess.
• Erin Kelley is the 2013 Junior Queen with Hannah Mudick the Junior Princess.
• The 2013 Teen Queen is Kallie Jo Aschemann with Jessica Sherlock and Kelly Gese named teen princesses.
There were four contestants in the Petite Division, eight in the Junior Division and three in the Teen Division.
Because there were only three candidates in the Teen Division, two princesses were chosen.
Lauryn Noelle Smith, a Petite Division contestant, won two special awards, one to the candidate who sold the most tickets to the pageant (13) and the second for selling the most books (22) in a fund-raiser for the Junior Royalty Pageant through Herbergers.
The pageant was open to boys and girls that live, attend school or worship in Coon Rapids.
Competition was based on 50 percent interview and 50 percent modeling with personal speech.
Queen and princess winners received sashes, trophies, crowns/caps and flower bouquets.
The 2013 Junior Royalty are expected to participate in a minimum of 19 parades as well as coronations and various other community events and activities during Coon Rapids Snowflake Days as well as throughout the year, according to Diane Buszta, pageant director.
They are also asked to perform, as a group, 10 hours of community service for the city of Coon Rapids, Buszta said.
The 2013 pageant included two entertainment presentations, one by 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathyrn Kueppers and the other by 2012 Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen Bailey Wachholz.
The national anthem was sung by Kristin Mahowald Comfort and the emcees for the event were 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallis and 2012 Miss South Central Tiffany Buszta, who was also a 2000 Coon Rapids Junior Royalty Junior Queen.
Peter Bodley is at [email protected]