Patterson crowned Miss Presque Isle 2012

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Patterson crowned Miss Presque Isle 2012

By Kathy McCarty

Staff Writer

    PRESQUE ISLE — The competition may have been smaller than in past years, but that didn’t stop contestants from having a “Glee”-ful time competing for the title of Miss Presque Isle 2012 at the annual pageant held March 31 at the Presque Isle High School Auditorium.

Staff photos by Kathy McCarty

    QUEEN’S FAREWELL — Miss Presque Isle 2011 NE-MissPI2012-c8-sh-14 Julea Gorneault, at center, was escorted on her final walk as royalty by her brother Tom, at left, and her dad, Henry Gorneault, at right.

    The winner of this year’s “Glee”-themed event, Hanna Patterson, is no stranger to pageants, having reigned as Jr. Miss Presque Isle.

    Also competing this year were Erica Hemphill and Alecia da Cruz. The young ladies were judged in four categories: interview, which took place at the library earlier in the day and counte d as 40 percent of the girls’ overall total; sportswear/physical fitness, which represented 15 percent; talent, counting as 30 percent; and evening gown, the final 15 percent of their overall score for the night.

    The contestants, joined by Miss Presque Isle 2011 Julea Gorneault, kicked off the show with an opening number, dancing to the “Glee” version of “Valerie.” This year’s emcees were Pam Palm and Jason Parent.

    THE PARADE OF GOWNS took on a new twist this year, NE-MissPI2012-c9-sh-14 as Miss Presque Isle contestants were joined on stage by several young men for the evening’s final dance number. Pictured from left are: Chase Chandler, Erica Hemphill, Mason Turner, Miss Presque Isle 2011 Julea Gorneault, Jeremy Hartsgrove, Hanna Patterson, Caleb Hobbs and Alecia da Cruz.

    Patterson, the daughter of Derrick Kinney and Arianna Patterson, performed a self-choreographed routine to “The Meadow,” by Alexandre Desplat. Patterson also was named top ticket seller for the night, with 93 sold. She received a $1,000 scholarship for her win.

    HANNA PATTERSON NE-MissPI2012-c3-sh-14 smiles at the audience during the Miss Presque Isle Pageant held March 31. Patterson received the High Ticket Sales Award and was crowned queen for 2012.

    Hemphill, daughter of Eric and Kelly Hemphill, danced to “Born This Way,” by the “Glee” cast. She was named first runner-up, which garnered her a $500 scholarship.

    Named second runner-up was da Cruz, daughter of Carlos and Suzette da Cruz, earning a $250 scholarship. She also danced for her talent, choosing “More” by Usher. She was named Miss Congeniality by her peers and was presented a gift.

    Each had an opportunity during the evening gown segment to speak on a platform of their choice. Hemphill spoke first, explaining why harvest break was important for students.

    “I’m from a farm family. It’s a tradition in Aroostook County. Students who work harvest go on to many universities. It teaches a strong work ethic,” said Hemphill. “That’s why we need to keep harvest break for students and the community as well.”

    As a student involved with the music department, da Cruz felt such programs “teach one to appreciate arts in school.”

    “Students involved in the arts are given a chance to travel the state and elsewhere. I love being part of the SAD 1 arts program. It would be sad to see it go,” said da Cruz.

    Patterson said she’s been involved in working with students with special educational needs.

    ERICA HEMPHILL NE-MissPI2012-c1-sh-14 models during the sportswear segment of the Miss Presque Isle 2012 Pageant. She was named first runner-up.

    “I never looked forward to class as much as I have with this program. I’ve learned a lot from these students. They learn daily the life skills we take for granted and I’m humbled by them. They deserve a chance to learn from and interact with their peers,” said Patterson, noting we can learn from these students’ disabilities rather than judging them by them.

    Also performing during the evening were Little Miss Presque Isle 2011 Madison Hedrich, Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2011 Mayce Kinney, Jr. Miss Presque Isle 2011 Miranda Flannery and Gorneault, who danced one last time as reigning royalty. Gorneault was escorted on her farewell walk by her father, Henry Gorneault, and her brother, Tom.

    Also appearing were numerous area queens from surrounding communities.

    Unlike past pageants, there was a new twist to the parade of gowns, which traditionally involves the contestants and outgoing queen having a bit of fun dancing one last time together before the winner is announced. This year the three contestants and outgoing queen were joined by four young men: Chase Chandler, Mason Turner, Jeremy Hartsgrove and Caleb Hobbs — with each young lady and her partner showing some skillful footwork, much to the delight of the audience.

    ALECIA da CRUZ NE-MissPI2012-c2-sh-14 poses for the judges during the sportswear competition at this year’s Miss Presque Isle Pageant. She was named Miss Congeniality and second runner-up.

    The pageant, under the direction of Betsy Fitzherbert, is sponsored by Beta Sigma Phi. The organization has been in existence since 1932 and is very active in the community, making and delivering holiday baskets each year, as well as aiding a number of agencies. Judging the contest this year were Tammy Delong, Lorinda Duncan and Casey Hill. Auditors were Cindy Flanagan and Benton Cash. This year’s Pageant Committee included: Fitzherbert, Co-Director Emily Peers, Choreographer Brittany Morrison, Nancy Nichols, Matt LaJoie in charge of lights, and stage managers Tom Fitzherbert, Brian Cronin and Brian Morrison.

    Patterson will represent the Star City in the coming months, attending festivals and appearing in parades, among other activities. She will also represent the city in the Maine Potato Blossom Pageant. Should she win that event, Hemphill, as first runner-up, will assume the duties as Miss Presque Isle 2012.