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Miss Shamrock Contestants Announced

By Staff | Mar 3, 2009

A sure sign of the approaching Spring is the annual celebration of Emmetsburg’s Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Celebration in Emmetsburg officially kicks off this weekend with the Miss Shamrock Pageant on Sunday, March 8. A field of six colleens will grace the stage of Corrigan Hall at 7 p.m. Sunday in the hopes of being named Miss Shamrock 2009.

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, Olivia Myers, the reigning Miss Iowa, will appear in the program, as well as the retiring Miss Shamrock 2008, April Gunderson, who will crown her successor at the conclusion of the evening’s program. 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.

Bridget Rouse is the 18-year old daughter of Terry and Pam Rouse of Curlew. She has three siblings: Benji, Betsy and Brian. A senior at Emmetsburg High School, Bridget is active in concert choir, show choir, musicals, solo and ensemble contests, band, flag line, jazz band, Spanish Club, FFA, volleyball and basketball. She is a member of the National Honor Society and has earned academic All Conference honors in volleyball.

In the community, Bridget is a member of the Ayrshire Beavers 4-H Club and Palo Alto County 4-H County Council. She is the 2008 Palo Alto County Fair Queen and received the Jeanette Anthe Outstanding 4-H’er Award. She has participated in Pedal for Pete and Relay for Life and is a member of Bethany Lutheran Church. She enjoys photography, reading, singing and being with her family and friends.

Bridget plans to attend Luther College and major in nursing, with a career goal of becoming a nurse practitioner. For the talent competition, Bridget will perform a vocal solo.

Paige Evans is the 18-year old daughter of Douglas & Susan Evans of Estherville. She has a younger sister, Kayla. A senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School, Paige is active in varsity golf, Big Buddy, TATU and is a STAR Program Tutor. She is a member of the National Honor Society and will receive a purple cord at graduation for community service.

In the community, Paige serves as a Sunday School Teacher and has been a local and district winner of the Voice of Democracy Essay as well as receiving the Rotarian Community Service Award. She enjoys dance and serves as a dance instructor. Her hobbies include dancing, golfing and spending time with her family and friends.

Paige plans are to graduate from ILCC next year with her AA degree and then go on to a four-year school to pursue a career in nursing. For the talent portion of the competition, Paige will be performing an Irish Riverdance.

Sarah Matthews is the 16-year old daughter of Dr. Paul and Laura Matthews of Emmetsburg. Her family includes Beth, Michael, Alex, Christian, Luke, Therese, Mary Clare and Benedict. A sophomore at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, Sarah is involved in chorus, show choir, jazz choir, dance and madrigal solo and was a member of the 2008 Iowa All State Chorus.

In the community, Sarah is very involved in her church where she is a CCD teacher, a cantor at mass, and a member of JAM. Sarah was also in the cast of the Mainstreet Community Theater’s production of “GI Jukebox.” Her hobbies include playing the piano, singing, dancing and exercising.

Sarah plans to attend college and major in musical performance. For the talent portion of the program, Sarah will perform a vocal solo.

Justine Wagner is the 18-year old daughter of Roger and Jean Wagner of Emmetsburg. She has three siblings Rachel, Kyle and Mitch. A senior at Emmetsburg High School, Justine’s school activities include playing the flute in concert and marching band, flag line and being a violin accompanist to the choir. She volunteers as a lab assistant and has earned seventeen credit hours at ILCC.

In the community, Justine is active in her church and is a volunteer violinist for services and has played the violin at several weddings. She enjoys horseback trail riding and has competed at both the Palo Alto and Clay County Fairs in 4-H competition and received Supreme Grand Champion Showmanship honors at the Clay County Fair. Justine also enjoys music, photography, bicycling and working on art projects, with her favorite art mediums being soft pastels, pencil and charcoal.

Justine plans are to attend a four-year university to pursue a career in art and design. She would like to attend a specialized design school in New York City and also study abroad. For the talent portion of the competition, Justine will play a violin medley of two Irish jigs: “Garret Barrey’s Jig” and “Morrison’s Jig.”

Callie Hoffman is the 17-year old daughter of Nancy Hoffman of Spencer. A junior at Spencer High School, Callie is involved in band, color guard and track.

In the community, Callie is involved in teaching football cheerleading to young girls in third through sixth grades and she is also a blood donor. Her hobbies include tap, jazz and clog dancing.

In the future, Callie plans to attend college to study dance, with a career goal of operating he own studio of dance. For the talent competition, Callie will perform a dance routine.

Miranda Jane Nielson is the 17 year-old daughter of Laura and Jonathan Petersen of Graettinger. Her sisters are Natalie and Olivia Gordon. A junior at Emmetsburg High School, Miranda is involved in swing choir, concert choir, large group speech and Spanish Club as well as Quiz Bowl and musicals. She also participated in the Northwest Iowa Honor Choir and is an Honor Student at EHS, as well as a tutor.

In the community, Miranda is the treasurer of J.E.L. and a political activist with the Palo Alto County Democrats. Miranda has served as a junior counselor at the Okoboji United Methodist Camp, assists the Main Street Community Children’s Theater and volunteers with the local Girl Scouts. Her hobbies include singing, writing songs and poems, roller-skating, reading, watching movies, Facebook, spending time with family and friends, and playing with her dog.

Miranda plans to attend the University of Iowa and pursue a double major in music and English. She hopes to be able to spend time studying abroad. For her talent selection, Miranda will perform a vocal solo.

As in past years, a long-standing tradition will continue on Sunday with a visit to the pageant by the reigning Miss Iowa, Olivia Myers. Olivia was crowned Miss Iowa last June and recently participated in the Miss America program in Las Vegas in January. The retiring Miss Shamrock 2008, April Gunderson, 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 in Emmetsburg.