Lovely Colleens Abound For Miss Shamrock Title
by Dan Voigt
A sure sign of the approaching Spring is the annual celebration of Emmetsburg’s Irish heritage. St. Patrick’s Celebration in Emmetsburg will shift into high gear on Friday evening with the 50th Annual Miss Shamrock Pageant. The Golden Anniversary pageant is set for Friday, March 16, at 7 p.m. in the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium. A field of seven area young women have hopes of winning the coveted Miss Shamrock crown during the event.
Special guest at the 2012 Miss Shamrock pageant will be Jessica Pray, the reigning Miss Iowa, who will perform during the evening, along with the retiring Miss Shamrock 2011, Chelsey Rouse, who will crown her successor at the conclusion of the evening’s program. Kevin Tlam of Lite 104.9 in Spencer will serve as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening’s ceremonies.
Competition in the Miss Shamrock Pageant includes a private interview with a panel of judges that takes place prior to the evening program. Each of the contestants is judged as they are introduced to the audience at the pageant during the on-stage introduction in casual wear, a talent performance of the contestant’s choice, an appearance on stage in formal wear and their answer to an on-stage question.
Here is a look at the field of contestants for Miss Shamrock 2012.
Amber Ellis is a junior at Spencer High School. The 16-year-old daughter of Lance and Cyndi Ellis has two siblings, Kenzer and Autumn.
Callie Herke is a senior at Graettinger-Terril Community High School. The 17-year-old daughter of Doug and Mary Herke has two sisters, Heather and Laura and two brothers, Matt and Jarret.
Sarah Mader is a junior at West Bend-Mallard Community High School. The 17-year-old daughter of Ron and Mary Mader of Mallard has two brothers, Nathan and Greg.
Paige Naig is a senior at the Emmetsburg Community High School. The 18-year-old daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig has two sisters, Alexa and Bailey, and was a former Irish Miss titleholder.
Marie Orsinger is a senior at Southeast Polk High School. The 18-year-old daughter of David and Ann Orsinger has two sisters, Sara and Maggie and a brother, Danny.
Leah Phillips is a senior at Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer High School. The 18-year-old daughter of Mark and Krystal Phillips has three sisters; Holly, Laura and Grace.
Amber Schmidt is a senior at West Bend-Mallard High School. The 18-year old daughter of Frank and Dawn Schmidt has a sister, Ashley.