Hebert takes Junior Miss title

17 years ago

FORT FAIRFIELD, Maine – For the third year in a row, a contestant from Caribou was selected as the Junior Miss Potato Queen  Hannah Lee Hebert, daughter of Jola And Gary Hebert, of Caribou, competed against eight other young ladies from surrounding Aroostook County communities to take home the title during the 2007 pageant held in Fort Fairfield on June 18. Hebert did an en pointe dance to “When You Say You Love Me” for her talent presentation.

   Junior Miss Blaine 2007, Patricia Louise Donovan, tap-danced to “Cotton Eye Joe.” She is the daughter of Candace and Harry Donovan. She was named Miss Photogenic.
Aleesha Alice Campbell, Junior Miss Fort Fairfield 2007, is the daughter of Peggy and James Campbell. She performed a monologue/vocal based on “Green Acres” but with a Fort Fairfield/potato farm twist to it.
Ashley Ouellette performed an en pointe/hip hop dance routine to “I’mma Shine” for her talent. She is the daughter of Tammy Ouellette and Craig Drozd and is Junior Miss Van Buren 2007.

Junior Miss Mapleton 2007 Rachel Marie Dow was named second runner-up for the night. She is the daughter of Lisa Marie and Anthony Dow and performed a jazz dance to “Jitterbug.”
Junior Miss Easton 2007 Abagale Leeann Stewart did a jazz dance to “Boom, Boom, Boom.” She is the daughter of Tina and Jonathan Fields.
Kate Campbell, Junior Miss Presque Isle 2007, was selected first runner-up at the end of the evening. She is the daughter of Tamara and Peter Campbell and provided a vocal performance of “I Could Have Danced All Night” for her talent.
Junior Miss Limestone 2007 Daniele Regina Pelkey, daughter of Kristie and Jason Pelkey, took audience members back in time, wearing a poodle skirt as she performed a baton/dance routine to “Crocodile Rock.”
Kellie Marie Stitham, Junior Miss Mars Hill, was named Miss Congeniality. She is the daughter of Norma and David Stitham and performed a gymnastic/dance number to “Push It to the Limit.”
In addition to guest appearances by visiting queens, the evening also included performances by newly-crowned Little Miss Potato Queen 2007 Molly Anthony, Miss Potato Queen 2006 Gabrielle Bowker and departing Junior Miss Potato Queen 2006 Elizabeth-Grace Keaton.
When asked what it was like to be named the Little Miss Queen, Anthony said, “I kept all my happiness inside. Then when I got in the car on the way home, I let it out.”
Keaton gave contestants one last word of advice garnered from her own experience.
“Smile, smile, smile. The best is yet to come,” said Keaton.
Bowker added to the pageant advice, telling contestants, “have fun with it and be yourself.”
During the evening wear segment, contestants used what is often interview time to do a little hometown promotion with brief ‘info-mercials’ on what made their towns/cities the best.
Keaton took one last walk as reigning queen, accompanied by her father, Michael Keaton, as her mother, Susan Keaton, watched from the audience. By the time Keaton reached the stage again, her father’s arms were filled with flowers and gifts from well-wishers.
Shawn Murchison, executive director of the Fort Fairfield Chamber of Commerce, served as the emcee for the evening which had a Latin fiesta theme.
“Contestants were scored on a scale of 1 to 10, with the high and low scores eliminated and the remaining three averaged for the final score in each category,” said Murchison.
Judged categories included: Interview, 40 percent of the total score; physical fitness and casual wear, 15 percent; talent, 30 percent; and evening gown, 15 percent. Judges for the evening included: Jennifer Pierce Tweedie, of Blaine, 1997 Maine Potato Queen; Megan Miller, of Mapleton, Miss Presque Isle 1998; Angela Cormier, of Fort Fairfield, 1992 Miss Aroostook County; Michelle Collins, of Mapleton, named runner up in the Miss Junior Maine pageant and has directed the Potato Queen pageants three times; and Jen Hedrich, of Presque Isle, 1989’s Miss Teen Aroostook.
Auditors for the evening were Sherry Sweeney, of Easton, a 1992 graduate of Northern Maine Community College; and Cindy Flanagan, of Easton, past president of the Kiwanis Club and past director of the Presque Isle Area Chamber of Commerce.
The newly-crowned Hebert will now serve at various functions in the coming year representing the potato industry. If Hebert is unable to fulfill her duties as queen, the first runner-up will assume the title.