There will be 16 young ladies vying for the title of 2015 Queen of Lakes at this year’s North Webster Mermaid Festival. The 2015 Queen of Lakes pageant will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 27, in the North Webster Community Center.
The pageant is sponsored by the North Webster Lioness and Lions Clubs and the Shoop Sport and Youth Foundation Inc. The pageant registration was open to young ladies ages 16 to 23.
The theme for this year’s Mermaid Festival, including the pageant, is “Back to the 70s.”
Over $5,000 worth of scholarship money and prizes will be awarded to the 2015 Queen of Lakes and her court. Contestants will be judged by interview, theme outfits and formal gown. Four finalists will be chosen as princesses for 2015. The queen will be chosen from the four princesses.
The 2015 Queen of Lakes will have 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 also receive a monetary prize.
Scholarships will also be awarded for the top three Mermaid Festival Queen’s Conveyances, ranging from $250 to $750.
Kierstin Bailey, Fort Wayne, daughter of Cami Ladig and Greg Bailey, is “Miss Little Tippy Lake.” She is sponsored by Dream Makers Automotive.
Lauren Brown, Warsaw, daughter of Scott and Dawn Brown, is “Miss Hidden Lake.” She is sponsored by Warsaw Buick GMC Chrysler.
Jenna Coy, Syracuse, daughter of Allen and Sherri Coy, is “Miss Lake Wawasee.” She is sponsored by The Revolving Closet.
Abby Creekmore, Fort Wayne, daughter of Julie Large and David Creekmore, is “Miss Chapman Lake.” She is sponsored by Mark Skibowski/ReMax.
Jasmine Ensz, Milford, daughter of Arlan and Lisa Ensz, is “Miss Waubee Lake.” She is sponsored by the Milford Lions Club.
Alexis Gooding, Roanoke, daughter of Sue and William Gooding, is “Miss Center Lake.” She is sponsored by Howie Heating and Cooling.
Camille Kerlin, Warsaw, daughter of Rick and Diane Kerlin, is “Miss Tippecanoe Lake.” She is sponsored by Kerlin Motor Co.
Ashley Larson, Pierceton, daughter of Jeff and Julie Larson, is “Miss Kuhn Lake.” She is sponsored by the Sleepy Owl Supper Club.
Becka Lukens, Warsaw, daughter of Jon and Belinda Lukens, is “Miss Lukens Lake.” She is sponsored by Blackford Law Office.
Samantha Malik, North Webster, daughter of Cindy and Brian Malik, is “Miss Webster Lake.” She is sponsored by Tangibles Resale and Consignment.
Taylor Mathewson, Goshen, daughter of Rodney and Diana Mathewson, is “Miss Winona Lake.” She is sponsored by Burke’s Repo Outlet.
Kalin Meikle, Syracuse, is the daughter of John and Roseann Meikle, is “Miss Syracuse Lake.” She is sponsored by Rhodes Insurance.
Kensea Myers, Leesburg, daughter of Krisce Myers, is “Miss Lake Maxinkuckee.” She is sponsored by Bart’s Water Sports.
Aarika Olenik, Crown Point, daughter of Don and Lana Olenik, is “Miss Ridinger Lake.” She is sponsored by Yogi Bear Jellystone Park.
Abigail Schmucker, Warsaw, daughter of Alyssa and Richard Schmucker, is “Miss Sechrist Lake.” She is sponsored by North Webster American Legion Auxiliary.
Hayleigh Smarr, Warsaw, daughter of Steve and Sabrina Smarr, is “Miss Big Barbee Lake.” She is sponsored by Sheila’s Sweet Treats.