2012 Miss Caribou Pageant, a high-fashion affair

12 years ago

By Barbara Scott
Staff Writer

There may have been only three young ladies vying for the crown and title of Miss Caribou 2012, but the grace, poise, confidence and talent which radiated via contestants Emma Duplissee-Cyr, Natasha Bishop and Morgan Swan created an evening filled with anticipation as to which one would come away with the title.

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Contestant Natasha Bishop captured the 2012 Miss Caribou title and crown at the annual  pageant sponsored by the Caribou Lioness Club. Morgan Swan sang, “I Won’t Give Up” as her talent presentation during the 2012 Miss Caribou Pageant held on May 26.

Following an opening number, choreographed by Krista Albert, to the music of Whitney Houston’s “I’m Every Woman,” and the introduction of visiting queens, Little Miss Caribou 2012 Edie Shea provided a special entertainment vocal selection of “Brother For Sale.”

In their first judged appearance of the evening, contestants appeared onstage in sportswear, each sharing their favorite quote (in keeping with the pageant’s fashion theme) of fashion icon CoCo Channel.

As the three young ladies prepared for their talent presentations the audience was again provided with special entertainment this time by 2012 PreTeen Miss Caribou Mariah Mink to performed a theatrical dance to the song “Popular”: and a duet presented by 2012 Junior Miss Caribou Kelsey Kiehn and 2012 Teen Miss Caribou Victoria Keaton, singing a medley of “Happy Days Are Here Again” and “Get Happy.”

The talent portion of the annual pageant counts for 30 percent of the contestants’ total scores and in the event of a tie; the highest talent score would determine the winner.

Contestant Emma Duplissee-Cyr, a junior at Caribou High School very confidently and with great poise sang “Over the Rainbow,” a cappella.  Morgan Swan, a CHS senior presented a self-arranged version of “I Won’t Give Up,” and Natasha Bishop, also a senior at Caribou High School, presented an energetic self-choreographed Celtic tap dance to “Cry of the Celtics.”

Before the three contestants appeared onstage in their evening gown competition during which they were each asked a question from their previous interviews with the judges, the audience was treated to the special vocal selection presented by 2011 Miss Caribou Elizabeth Keaton who sang Natalie Cole’s “Almost Like Being in Love.” Elizabeth and her sister Victoria, who is the 2012 Teen Miss Caribou, also performed a duet. The very talented Keaton sisters sang, very appropriately, the song “Sisters,’ made popular by Rosemary Clooney in the movie “White Christmas.” The performance also featured Hunter Stubbs, the son of Russell and Trisha Stubbs making a cameo appearance.

As the trio of crown contenders completed the final stage of the competition, they were joined onstage by all of the reigning Caribou queens in a gown promenade.

With the three contestants standing hand-in-hand waiting for the name of the 2012 Miss Caribou to be announced, it was obvious that each of the young ladies were winners — their confidence, talent and academic and athletic achievements already proven.

Natasha Bishop accepted the Miss Caribou crown from her predecessor and once again graced with stage with poise and a humble but stunning smile.

Morgan Swan captured the 2012 Miss Caribou essay competition.

The annual Miss Caribou Pageant, sponsored by the Caribou Lioness Club was directed by Lioness Jan Thompkins.

Mistress of Ceremonies was Alana Margeson, 1994 Miss Caribou and the 2012 State of Maine Teacher of the Year.

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Emma Duplissee-Cyr during the gown promenade at the 2012 Miss Caribou Pageant. Natasha Bishop performed a self-choreographed Celtic tap dance to “Cry of the Celtics” as her talent presentation. Emma Duplissee-Cyr presented a vocal selection of “Over the Rainbow” during the talent segment of the 2012 Miss Caribou Pageant held May 26 at the Caribou Performing Arts Center. Miss Caribou contestant Morgan Swan onstage at the Caribou Performing Arts Center during the evening gown promenade. Miss Swan was named the winner of the Miss Caribou essay competition.