Chelsey Rouse Wins 2011 Shamrock Title
It wasn’t an easy task for the panel of judges but at the end of an afternoon of interviews and an evening of competition, an 18-year old Emmetsburg High School Senior was crowned to reign as Miss Shamrock 2011 Friday night. Chelsey Rouse, the daughter of Ron and Sue Rouse of Curlew, was named Miss Shamrock before an appreciative crowd at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium to conclude the annual Miss Shamrock Pageant.
A field of five young women took part in the program, which featured personal interviews with a panel of three judges, as well as talent competition, casual wear competition, formal wear competition and an on-stage question. After the scores were tabulated, Master of Ceremonies Rick Bird announced the winners, starting with the Miss Congeniality Award, which is presented annually by the family of Dick and Pat Higgins. The contestants select the friendliest, most helpful member of their group to receive the honor, which was presented by Shaun Higgins to Molli Schmeling.
Bird then announced the Second Runner-up, naming Meghan Berkland to the honor before announcing the name of Nikki Schany as the First Runner Up. Miss Shamrock 2010, Blake Schany then took the crown and placed it on the head of Rouse as Bird made the final announcement.
Rouse performed a vocal solo to the Rascal Flatts hit, “I Won’t Let Go” in the talent competition during the program.
Nikki Schany, an 18-year old senior at Emmetsburg High School, performed a dance and pom routine to “Firework” during the talent competition to earn the First Runner-up honors. She is the daughter of Patty and the late Bill Schany Jr. Meghan Berkland, who is also an 18-year old senior at Emmetsburg High School, performed a humorous expository address on “Finding the Perfect Man” for her talent selection on Friday. Meghan is the daughter of Ritchie and Cynthia Berkland.
Molli Schmeling, Miss Congeniality, is an 18-year old senior attending Emmetsburg High School. The daughter of Gayle Schmeling and Chris Schmeling, Molli sang the Martina McBride song, “Anyway” in the evening’s talent competition. Also competing was Taylor Heinrichs, the 17-year old daughter of Russ and Karla Heinrichs of Estherville. A senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School, Taylor performed a contemporary dance to the song, “Jar of Hearts” for her talent selection.
Along with the five contestants, Pauli Mayfield, Miss Iowa 2010, graced the stage with an appearance. Miss Iowa treated the audience to a vocal selection, “L-O-V-E” as well as speaking on her platform and talking about her year’s reign as Miss Iowa.
The Irish Dignitary, David Stanton, spent a few minutes on stage answering questions submitted by the five contestants, on varying topics, such as comparing the weather in Iowa to that in Ireland, where Stanton noted it had snowed all of four inches during the winter, drawing laughter from the crowd. Also appearing during the pageant were the Irish Dancers, who performed their two numbers for the crowd.
The retiring Miss Shamrock, Blake Schany, treated the audience to her expressive art presentation, holding the crowd in rapt attention as she took a blank canvas and created a portrait to teach a lesson on appreciating the trials and tribulations of life.
The job of selecting Miss Shamrock fell to a trio of women familiar with the Miss Shamrock program and the Miss Iowa program. Barbara Hofstad, a former Miss Shamrock Pageant Director served as the chief judge, while Katie (Riley) Genereau, Miss Shamrock 2001, and Stephanie (Noonan) Thornburg rounded out the panel, which was assisted by Laurie Schneider.
Preceding the program, piano selections were performed by Emmetsburg High School students Hannah Drost, Paige Naig and BriAna Campbell. All three young women, students of Kelley Fog, received Superior Ratings at the recent Iowa High School Music Association State Piano Contest. Serving as on-stage escorts for the contestants were Steven Heddinger, the son of Kim and Pat Heddinger; Cory Schultes, the son of Beth and Lynn Schultes and Tyler Henderson, the son of Tracey Henderson and Steve Henderson. Ushers for the evening included Ben McCain, the son of Julie and Dan McCain, Josh Kibbie, the son of Deb and Pat Kibbie and Derek Henkelvig, the son of Shirley and Sam Henkelvig.