Hedrich, Kinney earn PI titles
Staff photos/Kathy McCarty
EMMA KINNEY, at left, was named Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 during the May 4 pageant held at Presque Isle High School. With her is Megan McKnight, first runner-up.
TAYLOR HEDRICH was named Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 during a pageant held May 4 at Presque Isle High School. Pictured from left are: Sophia Lambert, first runner-up; Kacie Chapman, third runner-up; Hedrich; and Rachel Ellis, second runner-up.
By Kathy McCarty
PRESQUE ISLE — Taylor Hedrich and Emma Kinney are the newest queens to be crowned in the Star City, earning the respective titles of Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 and Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 during a pageant held May 4 at Presque Isle High School.
The evening began with Jillian Flynn, president of the Class of 2016, welcoming those in attendance. Mistresses of ceremony for the night were Katelyn Ford and Lindsey Lagerstrom.
Judging the event this year were Kaitlyn Powers, Wendy Maple and Tammy Dempster. Serving as auditors were Lisa Marie Dow and Jennifer Barnes.
Contestants joined Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2012 Miranda Drost and Teen Miss Presque Isle 2012 Kelsie Spooner for the opening number, dancing to the song “Old Time Rock & Roll.”
Participants — who’d taken part in the interview portion of the pageant prior to the night’s festivities — took to the stage for the casual wear portion of the competition, followed by the introduction of visiting queens.
Mayce Kinney, Jr. Miss Presque Isle 2013, provided entertainment, singing “I Want to be a Rockette,” wowing the audience with her vocal ability.
Next, contestants shared their skills at various activities, from singing and dancing to playing instruments and interpreting a song through sign language.
Pre-Teen contestants were first to perform.
Meagan Emily Grant, daughter of Terry and Kim Grant, played an alto sax solo to “As the Saints Go Marching In.”
Sophia Lambert did a gymnastic routine to the song “To Be Beautiful” by Clair Reinhart. The daughter of Dr. James and Barbara Lambert, she tied for the title of Miss Congeniality and was named first runner-up.
Kacie Chapman, daughter of Kellie and Travis Chapman, sang and danced to “Safe and Sound” by Taylor Swift, from the movie “Hunger Games.” Chapman was named third runner-up.
Alexis Moro, daughter of Laurie Moro, danced to the tune “Call Me Maybe.”
Macie Bartley chose the song “Glad You Came” by The Wanted to perform a dance routine to. She is the daughter of Tammy Churchill and Chris Bartley.
Newly-crowned Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 Taylor Elizabeth Hedrich is the daughter of Todd and Jenn Hedrich. She danced to “I Want Candy” by BowWowWow for her talent. In addition to winning the title, Hedrich also won the interview and talent awards and was recognized for high ticket sales, with 53 sold.
Rachel Anna-Agnes Ellis, daughter of Colleen and Roger Ellis, sang “Reflection” from Disney’s “Mulan.” Ellis was named second runner-up.
Alana Grace Legassie, daughter of Herman and Robin Legassie, danced to the tune “Grease.”
Emma Postell, daughter of Michelle and Richard Postell, rounded out the division, singing and performing to the song “Cups” from Pitch Perfect.
Drost performed for the final time as Pre-Teen Miss Presque Isle 2012, with a lyrical dance to a tune by One Direction.
It was then the teen contestants’ turn to show their talents.
Emily Brawn, daughter of Gary and Jean Brawn, used sign language to interpret the song “Some Nights” by FUN. Brawn was named Miss Congeniality.
Annelise Wardwell sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. She is the daughter of Scott and Angela Wardwell.
Newly-crowned Teen Miss Presque Isle 2013 Emma Marie Kinney is the daughter of Derrick and Jolene Kinney. She performed a contemporary dance to the song “Waiting on the World to Change.” In addition to earning the title, Kinney also received the interview and talent awards.
Megan Dawn McKnight, daughter of Mac and Erica McKnight, and Amanda Sylvia, sang and played her guitar to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. She was named first runner-up.
Spooner returned to the stage for her final performance as royalty, dancing to a self-choreographed hip-hop routine.
Little Miss Presque Isle 2013 Jorja Maynard and 2013 Miss Presque Isle Kayla Girardin also provided entertainment, with Maynard offering a dance-baton routine to a Chipmunks tune, while Girardin clogged to Shania Twain’s “Man, I Feel Like a Woman.”
The evening wear competition for Pre-Teen followed. Drost returned to the stage for her farewell, joining her dad, John Drost, for one last walk around the auditorium. Teen contestants then donned gowns for their final competitive event. Spooner followed, bidding farewell as she made her way around the facility accompanied by her father, Steve Spooner.
All the girls returned for one last fun activity, the gown parade. The event concluded with the presentation of awards.
Hedrich and Kinney will now represent the city of Presque Isle in various parades and festivities in the coming months. The girls will join their counterparts from throughout Aroostook County in July to compete for Miss Potato Blossom titles in their respective divisions. Should they win, Lambert and McKnight — first runners-up for the Pre-Teen and Teen crowns — will assume the roles of Star City royalty to finish out the year’s reign.