Kathryn resident Emily Trzpuc competed in a preliminary for the Miss North Dakota title recently in the Montpelier High School gymnasium.
Thirteen young women from across the state competed for the titles of Miss Fort Abercrombie, Miss Peace Garden, and Miss James River Valley. Trzpuc and other contestants were each awarded a $100 scholarship. The winner of the Fort Abercrombie title received a $2,000 scholarship and the winners of the Peace Garden and James River Valley titles each received a $500 scholarship.
In an interview last week, Trzpuc, 17, said “the pageant took place Saturday in Montpelier. It was my first time competing in a pageant.
My counselor talked to me about entering, because she thought it would be a good experience for me, and it was a good chance for a scholarship even if I didn't get a title.
It was definitely a unique experience, and I may even compete in another pageant. I had a great time, and met some great girls, and not many people have that experience.”
The daughter of Jeffrey and Holly Trzpuc, she is a student at Litchville-Marion High School.
These scholarships were provided by: Todd Sjostrom Ag Services, Sky Farmer Ag Services, Farmers Union Co-op, Central Sales, Inc., Agramax, Inc., Dally Up Bar & Grill, Ypsilanti Equity Elevator, Rich Holm Memorial, and Dwight and Janet Hendrickson.
Annika Vernon, a student at Jamestown College and native of Hazen, was crowned Miss James River Valley 2014. She is the daughter of Kent and Tammie Vernon. Jacky Arness, daughter of Dr. Richard and Amy Arness, a student at Bethel University, and native of Fargo, was crowned Miss Peace Garden 2014.
Cara Mund, a student at Brown University, native of Bismarck, and daughter of Doug Mund and DeLora Kautzmann Mund, was crowned Miss Fort Abercrombie 2014. These three young people will compete in the Miss North Dakota Pageant in June of 2014 in Williston.
For the talent competition, Mund performed a self-choreographed jazz dance to Michael Jackson's, "The Way You Make Me Feel." Her platform is "A Make-A-Wish Passion with Fashion." Arness performed a vocal solo entitled "Stars" by Grace Potter. Her platform is ""We the People..." Honoring Our Military." Vernon, whose platform is "Promoting excellence in young women through leadership opportunities and skill development," performed "The Phantom of the Opera" by Andrew Lloyd Webber on handbells.
This story appears in Monday's Times-Record.