Miss West Duluth pageant celebrates 25th anniversary2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Miss West Duluth pageant.
By: Sarah Alabsi, Duluth Budgeteer News
2013 marks the 25th anniversary of the Miss West Duluth pageant.
“It kicks off Spirit Valley Days. It has come to be expected,” said Miss West Duluth 2007 and event co-coordinator Kayla Moore. “It’s great that it’s managed to be a part of SVD for so long.”
The free public event takes place on July 31, the first day of SVD. Contestants who applied in May vie for the crown in various stages including an essay on why they love West Duluth, interviews with the judges and a live question on an issue facing the West Duluth community.
“The girls also get to choose a casual and formal outfit to wear and comment on how it describes them,” said co-coordinator and Miss West Duluth Princess 2007 Ringo Kienitz. “Judges look for the most genuine answers.”
Contestants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 and must keep a grade point average of at least 2.5. A new rule in the application process was added in 2013.
“Now, applicants have to attend Denfeld High School. Denfeld is such a huge part of West Duluth,” said Moore. “A loyalty to Denfeld is like a loyalty to West Duluth.”
The winner of Miss West Duluth and the runner-up Miss West Duluth Princess will be volunteering and attending parades including the City of the North parade during the year of their reign, said Moore.
The four Miss West Duluth 2013 contestants will be judged by Miss West Duluth Princess 2004 Sara Marciniak, Miss West Duluth Princess 2006 Kelsey Mlodozyniec, Chris Allen from Kool 101.7 and Jennifer Austin from KBJR.
2013 will bring a unique segment to the pageant. To celebrate the 25th anniversary, Moore and Kienitz decided to bring back as many former Miss West Duluth winners and Princesses as possible.
“One of the most interesting things about the pageant is that we’ve all been able to maintain contact with each other,” Kienietz told the Budgeteer. “We wanted to include the past winners in the events this year.”
The past winners will be invited on stage to talk about their experiences and lives since the pageant, said Moore.
“It’s a unique thing to be a Miss West Duluth. There have been only 50 of us in its history,” said Moore.
Along with the title and participation in community events, the finalists are awarded with scholarships from West Duluth businesses. Miss West Duluth receives a $500 scholarship from Irving Community Club and Western Bank, said Moore. Miss West Duluth Princess receives a $300 scholarship.
“We’re really excited about the pageant and about Spirit Valley Days,” Kienietz said. “It’s great to communicate the privilege we have of growing up here.”
Meet the Contestants
When she isn’t at school, she works 30 hours a week at Taco John’s. She also enjoys volunteering at Animal Allies, the local animal shelter. She hopes one day to become a veterinarian. Her dream is to have an animal shelter of her own.
In her other spare time she loves being with her friends and family. She loves going to her cabin and being able to enjoy Mother Nature as much as possible.
West Duluth is so important to her because her future means so much to her, and all that starts in high school. Denfeld has made an important impact on her life, showing her you can do anything you set your mind to, as long as you work hard for it. That’s what she intends to do.
She feels she could be a positive representative of the Miss West Duluth Pageant due to her outgoing, hardworking, and strong-willed personality.
After high school Johnson plans on majoring in biology with the hopes of later attending medical school and becoming a pediatrician.
When she isn’t busy with school or participating in extracurricular activities, Johnson enjoys volunteering in the community. She volunteers for many different events including the Duluth Children’s Museum’s annual Bubble Festival, Grandma’s Marathon, local elementary school carnivals, and the Lake Superior Zoo.
Johnson feels that her school and friends are her personal ties to the West Duluth community. She loves how close and supportive the entire community is. Johnson would like to be Miss West Duluth because she would love to become even more involved in the community, and she believes she would be a positive role model for other young ladies in West Duluth while also representing the community positively and proudly.
sisters, Stephanie and Stacie.
Shania is a returning active member of the Denfeld Key Club and the 2013-2014 Denfeld Shoreliners Dance Team, a new member of Denfeld Solid Gold and the Denfeld Executive Board (student council). She is also a three-year academic letter and Honor D recipient.
Outside of school, Shania has danced for Just for Kix for 12 years, is involved in youth activities, volunteering for church events, and volunteering within the community wherever an opportunity to give back and pay it forward arises.
Shania enjoys being with friends and loves all cute and fuzzy creatures! She loves expressing herself through drawing, laughing, dancing and listening to music. Shania also enjoys camping, hiking, going to the lake, her yearly trip to the state fair and spending time with her family. A true craze of hers is eating macaroni and cheese and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Shania feels that her family is very important because these are the people who love her for her, and will support her through anything.
Outside of school, Michaela is busy balancing two jobs, at Aeropostale and Taco Bell. She loves to help people, and she believes customer service is a good way to do just that. She also loves playing basketball for fun, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.
Michaela used to volunteer at her grandmother's Kid Patch Daycare. She also on occasion currently volunteers at Edgewood Vista Senior Living care where she sings and does puzzles with the residents.
But after obtaining two jobs, she finds it hard to make time for more volunteer work. She hopes to soon start volunteering at Animal Alies because she loves animals. But until then, she donates canned food items to the Salvation Army near her house.
Also, Michaela competes in the National American Miss Pageant each summer, where she is able to donate multiple stuffed animals and children books through the program.
Michaela feels that the encouragement the community gives to the Denfeld students is what makes her enjoy the West Duluth Community the most. She loves how friendly everyone can be, and how the community supports Denfeld High School in everything that they do.
Michaela would like to be Miss West Duluth because she believes in her heart that she would be a very positive role model for young women in her community and her school.
Hardworking, passion, persistence, and never giving up are all West Duluth qualities that Michaela feels she would represent well as the 2013 Miss West Duluth.