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Field Of Five To Compete For 2010 Miss Shamrock Crown

By Staff | Mar 16, 2010

With the Golden Anniversary celebration of Emmetsburg’s Irish heritage underway, one of the premiere events, the crowning of Miss Shamrock, will be one of the highlights of this busy week of activities. The 2010 Miss Shamrock Pageant is set for 7 p.m. Friday night, March 19, in the auditorium at the Emmetsburg High School.

A total of five young women will be competing for the honor of Miss Shamrock during this year’s program, which will feature a return visit by several of the past Miss Shamrock titleholders to help celebrate 50 years of the St. Patrick’s Celebration in Emmetsburg. 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.

A special guest at the Miss Shamrock Pageant will be Miss Iowa USA, Anne Langguth, who will perform and speak on her platform, “Good For You”, promoting and supporting wellness initiatives. Also appearing will be the retiring Miss Shamrock 2009, Justine Wagner, 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. Serving as co-directors of the program are Lori Riley and Beth Thompson.

Mariah Andreasen is the 18 year-old daughter of Phil Andreasen and Jane Andreasen of Emmetsburg and has an older brother, Nathan. Mariah is a senior at Emmetsburg High School, where she is active in track, cross country, dramatics, concert and jazz band, concert choir and show choirs, as well as cheerleading and being a member of the National Honor Society. She has earned special honors as an All American Cheerleader, and has choreographed the routine for the EHS 2009 Iowa High School Cheerleading Championships and also choreographs routines for the Emmetsburg Middle School, Junior Varsity and Varsity Show Choirs.

In the community, Mariah has been active in Relay For Life activities, and also serves as a dance, cheer and tumbling instructor at the Impulse Dance Academy and will be honored for Community Service when she graduates in May, as well as accumulating over 50 college credits while attending high school. Mariah is no stranger to the St. Pats Celebrations, as she was named Little Miss Shamrock in 1999 and Irish Miss in 2005. In her spare time Mariah enjoys running, shopping, reading, going to the movies, choreographing dance routines and hanging out with friends.

Her future plans include attending the University of Northern Iowa to major in Political Science with a minor in Psychology. For her talent selection, Mariah will perform a self-choreographed jazz dance.

Kelsey Hart is the 17-year old daughter of Melissa Matthews and the late Thomas Hart of Terril, and has two siblings, a sister Cameron and a brother, Tym. A senior at Graettinger/Terril High School, Kelsey is active in vocal music and the National Honor Society.

In the community, Kelsey serves as a Sunday School teacher, and works at the Milford Nursing Center. In her spare time, she enjoys singing.

Kelsey’s future plans include becoming a family practice physician, and also having a large family. For her talent presentation, Kelsey will sing “God Help The Outcast,” from the Disney film, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Hilary Pico is the 16-year old daughter of Renee Chism and Willie Pico of Emmetsburg and has two sisters, Liz and Olivia. Hilary is a junior at Emmetsburg High School where she is active in volleyball, softball, track, show choir, vocal music, band, student council and is a member of the National Honor Society.

In the community, Hilary is involved in her church, where she is a member of JAM-Jesus And Me, and also serves as a lector and cantor during Mass. She also coaches youth recreation volleyball. In her spare time, she enjoys playing sports, watching movies and spending time with her family and friends.

In the future, Hilary plans to attend a four-year university and major in Political Science. Hilary will sing “American Honey”, as performed by Lady Antebellum, while accompanying herself on guitar during the talent competition.

Blake Schany is the 17-year old daughter of Gary and Kari Schany of Emmetsburg and has a sister, Katelyn; brother Joe and niece, Ally. A senior at Emmetsburg High School, Blake stays busy through participation in cross country, where she served as team captain for two years, as well as wrestling cheerleading, where she served as a captain for year and captain of the track team for a year. Blake has also been active in student council and National Honor Society, and was crowned the 2009 Homecoming Queen.

Blake is involved in the Relay for Life program and Adopt A Family program in the community and in her spare time, she enjoys running, painting, taking pictures and hanging out with her friends and family.

After graduation, Blake plans to attend Iowa State University and major in a science-related field. Following graduation from ISU, Blake plans to enroll in the University of Iowa’s Dental program. Blake will present an artistic expression during the talent competition.

Margaret Seefus is the 16-year old daughter of Bob and Julie (Murray) Seefus of LaVista, Neb. A junior at Papillion-LaVista High School, Margaret is involved in Student Council and the Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA).

In the community, Margaret is active in the Big Brother-Big Sister program and also teaches dance classes. In her spare time, Margaret enjoys dancing.

Her future plans include becoming a dance instructor and owning her own dance studio. For the talent competition, Margaret will present a contemporary dance selection.