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Miss Shamrock Contestants Anounced

By Staff | Mar 4, 2008

The annual celebration of Emmetsburg’s Irish heritage officially kicks off next weekend with the annual Miss Shamrock Pageant on Sunday, March 9. A field of six lassies will grace the stage of Corrigan Hall at 7 p.m. that evening to vye for the title of Miss Shamrock.

Doors for the program will open promptly at 6 p.m., with a reception to honor the newly crowned Miss Shamrock and her court immediately following the coronation.

Along with the six young women competing for the Miss Shamrock title, the reigning Miss Iowa, will appear at the program, as well as the retiring Miss Shamrock 2007, Jerri Sadler, who will crown her successor at the conclusion of the evening’s program.

Kylie Carter is an 18-year-old senior at Emmetsburg High School and is the daughter of Andrew and Holly Carter of Emmetsburg and the sister of a brother, Keaton, and a sister, Alexis. Kylie 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 and is listed as an Outstanding Student of America, as wells as being a member of the National Society of High School Scholars.

She is involved in the community as an E’Hawk Buddy, a peer tutor, and in the Education Talent Search program. Kylie is also a member of Just Eliminate Lies, 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 cuisine and spending time with family and friends.

Kylie’s future plans are to attend Iowa State University in Ames to double major in fitness management and athletic coaching with a minor in Spanish.

For the talent competition of the program, Kylie will be performing a vocal solo, “Free & Easy (Down the Road I Go).”

Kylie Woodley is a 17-year-old senior at Laurens-Marathon High School in Laurens and is the daughter of Rick and Kerrie Woodley of Laurens and is the sister to Morgan and Kacie. At Laurens-Marathon, Kylie is involved in volleyball, basketball, golf, softball and drill team and also serves as the senior class president and Y-Teens president. She is a member of the physics club and is the yearbook business manager. She is an honor roll student and serves as the vice president of the National Honor Society.

Kylie is also 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’Brien 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, scrap booking, baking, hair styling, and spending time with family and friends.

Kylie plans to attend Buena Vista University in Storm Lake and major in exercise science/pre-chiropractic and participate on the golf team.

In the talent competition, Kylie will be performing a pom dance selection to “One Night Only” from “Dreamgirls”.

April Gunderson is the 18-year-old daughter of Jay and Roslyn Gunderson of Ringsted and sister to Mandy Hunecke and Ali Gunderson. A senior at Armstrong-Ringsted, April is active in volleyball, softball, track, band and choir. She is captain of the Drill team, serves as Editor of the Mustang Yearbook and is the vice president of the AR student council.

In the community, April is involved in the Big Buddy program, and serves as a member of the Kinship Board of Directors as well as being a member of her church choir. She was the winner of the Voice of Democracy contest and will be receive Silver Cord honors at graduation for Community Service. Her hobbies include singing, shopping, quilting, scrap booking, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends.

April’s future plans are to attend Morningside College in Sioux City and to be involved in choir and softball.

For her talent selection, April will sing “I Who Have Nothing.”

Lynn Geelan is the 18-year old daughter of Pat and Kristi Geelan of Ruthven and is the sister to five brothers, Bill, Matt, Mark, Andy and Tommy, A senior at Ruthven-Ayrshire Community High School, Lynn is active in band, concert choir, swing choir, volleyball, basketball and golf. She is also 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. Lynn’s hobbies include playing sports, watching movies and spending time with family and friends.

Her future plans are to attend Briar Cliff University in Sioux City to become a pediatric nurse.

Lynn will be performing a vocal solo, “Danny Boy” for the talent portion of the competition.

Tracy Fay is the 17-year-old daughter of Jerry and Kris Fay of Wallingford and is the sister of Amy. A senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School, Tracy is involved in drill team, show choir, varsity choir, jazz choir, band and the color guard. She is also a member of the Pepper staff and is listed on the “A” Honor Roll at ELC.

Tracy is very active in her community, where she serves as an assistant Sunday School instructor. She is also very involved in dance, serving as an assistant to the dance instructor. Tracy is striving to earn a purple cord for community service at graduation. Her hobbies include dance, music, playing the piano and spending time with her friends and family.

Her future plans are to attend Iowa Lakes Community College and then transfer to Iowa State University, followed by medical school. Tracy’s career goal is to become either a reproductive therapist or a psychiatrist.

For the talent portion of the competition, Tracy will be performing a lyrical dance to “And We’re Dancing”.

Chelsea Zaragosa is the 17-year-old daughter of Ned and Molly Zaragosa of Ruthven and has two sisters, Shyanne and Krystal. A senior at Ruthven-Ayrshire Community High School, Chelsea is involved in swim team, cheerleading track and Quiz Bowl. She is also a member of the band, jazz band, concert choir and show choir.

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

Chelsea’s future plans are to attend Buena Vista University in Storm Lake to major in communications and graphic design.

Chelsea will be singing “In My Own Little Corner” from “Cinderella” in the talent portion of the competition.

A long-standing tradition will continue on Sunday with a visit to the pageant by the reigning Miss Iowa, Diana Reed of Norwalk. Diana was crowned Miss Iowa last June and recently participated in the Miss America program in Las Vegas. in January. A graduate of the University of Iowa, with double degrees in Business Management and Performing Arts Entrepreneurship, Diana will perform a baton twirling routine as a talent presentation during her visit to the Miss Shamrock Pageant, and will assist in the crowning of the new Miss Shamrock.

As Miss Iowa, Diana brings her message of Character Education, Building Futures by Building Kids. She will also bring the message of Miss Iowa, promoting Character Counts! the Children’s Miracle Network as well during her official visits throughout the state.

The retiring Miss Shamrock 2007, Jerri Sadler, will crown her successor and perform a final talent selection during the event, which will begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at Corrigan Hall.