The Star-Herald

Four wear new Star City crowns

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — The United Way of Aroostook held its annual Presque Isle Pageant on Saturday, March 31, at the Presque Isle Middle School Auditorium under the direction of Jolene Kinney, Nicole DiVito and Betsy Fitzherbert.  

Five young ladies vied for four titles at the event, emceed by Jason Parent, CEO of Aroostook County Action Program, and Sherry Locke, executive director of United Way.

Receiving new 2018 crowns during the evening’s festivities were: Lydia Smith, Mini Miss Presque Isle; Natalie Putnam, Little Miss Presque Isle; Danica Haskell, Junior Miss Presque Isle; and Mayce Kinney, Miss Presque Isle.

“The evening was an exciting one, filled with talent and elegance,” said Locke.

Smith is the 6-year-old daughter of Alisha and Zach Smith. She is in kindergarten at Pine Street Elementary.

Putnam, 6-1/2, is the daughter of Kristina and Cole Putnam. She is in first grade at Pine Street Elementary School.   She performed a vocal selection at the pageant.

Haskell, 14, performed a dance routine as part of her talent competition.

Two young women competed for the title of Miss Presque Isle. Kaci Bates is the 17-year-old daughter of Destini and Marty Bates.  She is a junior at Presque isle High School, and for her talent she performed a dance routine. Kinney is the 17-year-old daughter of Kim Kinney and Jirad Kinney.  She is a junior at Presque Isle High School, and performed a vocal selection for her talent.

Again this year, United Way and the pageant committee are donating all proceeds from the pageant to the City’s Playground Project.  In combination with last year’s pageant, they will donate $5,000 to the cause.

The four new queens will represent Presque Isle and United Way of Aroostook at several community events throughout the coming year. The Little Miss, Junior Miss, and Miss Presque Isle will also represent the city at the Maine Potato Blossom Pageant this summer.  

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