The 2013 Queen of Lakes pageant will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at the North Webster Community Center gymnasium.
The pageant is sponsored by North Webster Lioness and Lions Clubs and Shoop Sports and Youth Foundation Inc. and is open to ladies ages 16 through 23. The theme for this year’s Mermaid Festival, including the pageant, will be “Land of Dixie.”
Over $10,000 in scholarship money and prizes will be awarded to the 2013 Queen of Lakes and her court. Contestants will be judged on interview, theme wear and formal gown.
Four finalists will be chosen princesses for 2013. The Queen will be chosen from four finalists following the final question.
The Queen of Lakes will hold the title for one year. The final four will receive scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000. The Lioness Club Community Service Award winner will receive a monetary prize of $100. Scholarships will also be awarded for the top three Mermaid Festival Parade Queen’s Conveyances.
There are 18 young women vying for the title of Queen of Lakes. This year’s contestants are:
Kierstin Bailey, Uniondale, daughter of Cami Bailey, is “Miss Little Tippy Lake.” She is sponsored by Specialty Entrance Technologies, Urbana.
Kayla Courtney, Syracuse, daughter of Paul and Jeanette Courtney, is “Miss Waubee Lake.” She is sponsored by Milford Lions Club, Milford.
Elizabeth Dowell, North Webster, daughter of Steve and Lana Dowell, is “Miss Little Barbee Lake.” She is sponsored by T. Manley Trading Company, North Webster.
Erin Kintzel, Warsaw, daughter of Jim and Aimee Kintzel, is “Miss Crystal Lake.” She is sponsored by Osborn Manufacturing Corp., Warsaw.
Hannah Little, Silver Lake, daughter of Kent and Michelle Little, is “Miss Tippecanoe Lake.” She is sponsored by Pier 13 Realty, North Webster.
Ashley O’Connor, Columbia City, daughter of Sean and Jennifer O’Connor, is “Miss Irish Lake.” She is sponsored by Tom’s Truck and Auto Repair, North Webster.
Jordan Shepler, Warsaw, daughter of Mike and Kristie Lane, is “Miss Pike Lake.” She is sponsored by Sue’s Creations, North Webster.
Makayli Phillips, Warsaw, daughter of Jerry and Rachelle Phillips, is “Miss Center Lake.” She is sponsored by Kelainey’s Ice Cream Shop, Warsaw.
Taylor Spangle, Leesburg, daughter of Brian and Tamie Spangle, is “Miss Sechrist Lake.” She is sponsored by Center of Attention, Warsaw.
Breanna Lemler, Bourbon, daughter of Tim and Melinda Lemler, is “Miss Winona Lake.” She is sponsored by Ball Auction and Realty Inc., Bourbon.
Tina Maciaga, Alsip, Ill., daughter of Ray and Debbie Maciaga, is “Miss Cedar Lake.” She is sponsored by Clayton’s Garden Center, North Webster.
Jenna Coy, Syracuse, daughter of Allen and Sherri Coy, is “Miss Syracuse Lake.” She is sponsored by The Revolving Closet, Syracuse.
Bria McCulloch, Syracuse, daughter of Sirena McCulloch, is “Miss Lake Wawasee.” She is sponsored by The Elite Design Team, Syracuse.
Kelsey Scott, Fishers, daughter of Dr. Brian and Jeanine Scott, is “Miss Chapman Lake.” She is sponsored by Debra Paton-Showley Group, Coldwell Banker Roth Wehrly Graber.
Morgan Kleppe, Whiteland, daughter of Kristy Ulerick, is “Miss Webster Lake.” She is sponsored by Webster Lake Ski Bees, North Webster.
Aarika Olenik, Crown Point, daughter of Don and Lana Olenik, is “Miss Ridinger Lake.” She is sponsored by Yogi Bear Membership Corp., Pierceton.
Gabriella Silor, Warsaw, daughter of Deborah Silor and David and Jana Silor, is Miss Diamond Lake. She is sponsored by Abel Printing, North Webster.
Erika Ksiezopolski, Claypool, daughter of Edwin and Bonalin Ksiezopolski, is “Miss Golden Lake.” Sponsor to TBA.