Ten candidates will vie for Miss Coon Rapids

Ten young women will compete for the title of Miss Coon Rapids 2014 at the annual Miss Coon Rapids Scholarship Pageant which takes place Saturday, Nov. 23, 7 p.m., in the auditorium of Coon Rapids High School.

The candidates, their talent and their sponsor are:

• Makenzi Kovar, comedy monologue, Dino’s Gyros.

• Kirsten Malcolm, dance, TGIF.

• Grace Christenson, vocal, Warners’ Stellian.

• Paris Becker, lyrical dance, Coon Rapids North Star Lions Club.

• Tori Larson, motivational speech, Mississippi Dunes.

• Kayla Brown, skating routine, John Roberts Co.

• Kami Kaderlik, vocal, Pro Biz Sports.

• Bailey Reese, violin, Goulds Jewelry.

• Kami Patrin, monologue, Coon Rapids Fire Department.

• Amanda Moder, dance, Around Town.

In tandem with the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant tomorrow, the pageant committee is also sponsoring the annual Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Pageant, whose winner also goes on to state competition.

The five candidates and their talent are:

• Mia Pagnac, cello.

• Kallie Jo Ascheman, vocal.

• Annika Kovar, gymnastics routine.

• Leah Mau, vocal.

• Breanna Smith, ribbon dance.

There is a new director of the pageants this year – Theresa Leggate.

Active as a volunteer on the pageant committee for many years, Leggate takes the helm from Diane Buszta, who had been pageant director for decades.

Buszta is now the state director for the Miss Minnesota Outstanding Teen Pageant.

This will be the second year that the pageant has taken place in November, rather than during Coon Rapids Snowflake Days in early February as in the past.

The switch in dates was made primarily to allow the new Miss Coon Rapids more time to prepare for the Miss Minnesota Scholarship Pageant, which takes place each year in June. The Miss Minnesota winner advances to the Miss America Scholarship Pageant.

But the pageant will be back at Coon Rapids High School this year; it was at Anoka-Ramsey Community College a year ago.

There will be a dress rehearsal this evening (Friday, Nov. 22) at the high school, then the contestants are back at the high school tomorrow morning (Nov. 23) at 8 a.m. for the judges interview followed by a run-through of the pageant program.

The Miss Coon Rapids and Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen pageants are “open” pageants.

Candidates for Miss Coon Rapids must be between the ages of 17 and 24 and live, work or go to school within the state to participate. Proof of residency or college enrollment is required.

There are five competition areas in the Miss Coon Rapids Pageant – talent worth 35 percent of the total score, judges interview 25 percent, evening wear 20 percent, lifestyle and fitness in a swimsuit 15 percent and on-stage question 5 percent.

As part of the 10-minute press conference style interview with the pageant judges, contestants present a platform on an issue or program of their own choosing.

Eligibility for the Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Pageant is a young woman between the ages of 13 and 17 living in or going to school in Minnesota.

Contestants are judged in six areas – private interview 30 percent of the score, scholastic achievement 5 percent, on-stage question, 5 percent, lifestyle and fitness 10 percent, talent 35 percent and personal appearance and poise in evening wear 15 percent.

Miss Coon Rapids Emily Kallis and 2013 Miss Coon Rapids Outstanding Teen Kathryn Kueppers will relinquish their titles Nov. 23.

Both finished third runner-up in their respective state competitions earlier this year.

Reserved tickets for the pageant are $15 for main floor seating in the auditorium and $9 for balcony seating.

To purchase tickets call John Leggate at 763-757-4971 or email jslcotton@comcast.net.

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

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