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Crowning Of Junior Miss Titleholders Kicks Off St. Patrick’s Celebration

By Staff | Mar 15, 2011

St. Patrick’s’ week began with the crowning of new Junior Miss titleholders Sunday afternoon at the Junior Miss Pageant at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. A field of 17 young ladies participated in the program. Earning the title of Little Miss Shamrock was Tatum Iverson, right, the daughter of Shannon and Renee Iverson of Emmetsburg, while Annie Brennan, left, the daughter of Rick and Diane Brennan of Emmetsburg was crowned the Little Lassie. BriAna Campbel, center, the daughter of Kim Campbell of Emmetsburg, was crowned the Irish Miss to conclude the program. The three titleholders will reign over numerous activities during this most Irish Week in Emmetsburg. -- Dan Voigt photo

A field of 18 young ladies competing for three titles in the annual St. Patrick’s Junior Miss Pageant Sunday afternoon enthralled a large crowd. After some excellent talent competition and consideration by a panel of judges, three young ladies were crowned to officially start the observance of St. Patrick’s Week in Emmetsburg.

A pair of vocalists and a pianist would earn the titles following Sunday’s competition, with Tatum Iverson of Emmetsburg being named Little Miss Shamrock for 2011, while Annie Brennan of Emmetsburg was named as the 2011 Little Lassie and BriAna Campbell of Emmetsburg was selected as the Irish Miss for 2011.

It’s never an easy task to choose from a talented field of contestants, but the panel of April Gunderson, Gen Scott and Sadie Quist marked their ballots, while Joan Bunda served as the auditor for the judges. With Mike Scott serving as the master of ceremonies, the program with the traditional presentation by the Irish Dancers.

The Irish Dance “Waves of Tory” was performed by the Irish Dancers for 2011. Members of the group are in grades one through five and include Paige Truog, Emily Schany, Baylee Lundgren, Chloe Manwarren, Awnyx Marges, Therese Mathews, Macy McAllister, Taylor Steinkamp, Maggie Nelson, Aliza Woodford, Annie Brennan, April Cole and Sophia Fjetland. Also dancing were members Mikayla Frericks, Somer Hudson, Morgan Jamison, Molly Schany, Megan Hall, Kendra Hill, Ali Laubenthal, Alexis Louwagie, Jordan Miller, Mary Nelson, Betty Sue Strohman and Jordan Foxhoven.

An Encore Group, comprised of April Cole, Annie Brennan, Somer Hudson, Morgan Jamison, Ali Laubenthal, Alexis Louwagie, Jordan Miller, Maggie Nelson, Mary Nelson, Molly Schany and Betty Sue Strohman, also danced, performing the selection “Seige of Ennis.”

Leading off the talent competition for the Little Miss contestants was the retiring titleholder, Cayel Carter of Spencer, who sang “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” The four Little Miss contestants sang, danced and signed their talents for the judges and the crowd, but it was Tatum Iverson’s rendition of “The Climb”, that earned the daughter of Shannon and Renae Iverson of Emmetsburg the title.

Also competing were Ava Hanson of Emmetsburg, who performed a dance routine to “Ease On Down The Road”. Brynna Ludwig of Emmetsburg sang “Animal Crackers In My Soup,” accompanied by Kim Campbell on piano. Jenascia Meyer of Manson presented a sign language translation of the song “Butterfly Fly Away” to round out the field of contestants.

The Little Lassie competition opened with last year’s winner, Kayla Joyce, who sang “American Honey” to open the division. After that, it was close competition between the eight contestants before the crown went to Annie Brennan, the daughter of Diane and Rick Brennan of Emmetsburg, who sang the song “Mama, I’m A Big Girl Now” to win the title.

Also competing for the crown were Rachel Duhn of Emmetsburg who sang “Buttercup”, while Lindsay Carter of Emmetsburg danced to “Celebration”. Jordan Lange of Emmetsburg sang “I’d Do Anything” and Emma Thul of Whittemore played the piano solo, “Ode To Joy.” Also competing for the Little Lassie title were Shaylee Horst of Ruthven, who danced to “God Bless Texas.” Linnea Ankeny of Emmetsburg performed a humorous speech on “Dieting” and Ali Laubenthal of Emmetsburg did a hip-hop dance to “Party In the U.S.A” to round out the age group.

For the Irish Miss portion of the program, the 2010 Irish Miss, Hannah Bird wowed the audience with a Miranda Lambert tune, “Famous in a Small Town”. In the talent competition, BriAna Campbell, the daughter of Kim Campbell of Emmetsburg, performed “Sonatina in C. Major” on the piano to best the highly competitive talent competition and earn the title of Irish Miss.

Also competing for the Irish Miss title was Erin Poeppe of Emmetsburg, who danced a Jazz Dance to “Let’s Get Loud.” Ashlyn Robb Andrews of St. Paul, Minn., performed a piano solo of “Amazing Grace”, while Elisabeth Naviaux of Spirit Lake performed a Jass Dance to “Jhoom Barabar Jhoom” from “Slumdog Millionaire” and Kiersten Duhn of Emmetsburg sang “Do You Believe In Magic?”

While the final ballots were being tabulated, the current Miss Shamrock 2010, Blake Schany of Emmetsburg, entertained the audience with her art talent selection before the contestants were brought back out on stage for the final crowning of the three titleholders.

The three young ladies will appear at various St. Pat’s activities through the week, including the Irish Ceili on Thursday night and the Miss Shamrock Pageant on Friday night at the high school auditorium. Then on Saturday, the trio will join the newly crowned Miss Shamrock to ride the St. Patrick’s Day Parade.