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Miss Harmony


Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Arts & Culture

2013 marks the 14th year of the Miss Harmony Scholarship pageant. Pageant coordinators, Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen are very excited about the activities that lay ahead for the six contestants. This year’s contestants are Sydnie Huffman, Kayley Olson, Victoria Peterson, Sarah Reicks, Keeley Todd, and Danielle Zinsmaster.

Sydnie is the daughter of Jason Huffman and Dulcie Huffman and is sponsored by the Harmony Telephone Company. Kayley is the daughter of Amy Van Hoof and Craig Olson and is sponsored by the Village Depot. Victoria is the daughter of Mike Peterson and Tracy Peterson. She is sponsored by RE/MAX Select Properties. Sarah is the daughter of Jim and Renee Reicks and is sponsored by the Village Square restaurant. Keeley is the daughter of Charlie and Patty Todd and is sponsored by the Harmony Golf Club. Danielle is the daughter of Janet and Troy Christianson and Jeff and Jane Zinsmaster. Danielle is sponsored by Harmony Enterprises.

Three girls will be chosen to represent the Harmony community by judges from outside the community; Miss Harmony, 1st Attendant, and 2nd Attendant. The contestants will vote on a Miss Congeniality- this is the girl that contestants feel is the most welcoming, friendly, and has the best disposition.

The week’s activities will take place June 24-29. Some of the events the girls will participate in are a sponsor’s reception to recognize the sponsor’s and community members that help make the pageant possible, a scavenger hunt, a pizza and pool party, pedicures, and a day full of informal and formal judging.

Coronation will be held on Saturday, June 29 at 7:00 pm at Wheeler’s Roller Rink. One of the changes being made to the program is that the girls will have some on-stage judging at coronation. There will be an evening gown portion as well as an on stage question. The girls will also present their commercials that they have written about their sponsor, the 4th of July festivities, the City of Harmony, or a combination of these. The commercials will have been judged earlier in the day, but will be presented to the community that evening.

The girls will also be putting in many hours volunteering around town that week. Some of the locations include Harmony Healthcare, the Visitor’s Center, Meals on Wheels, the ECFE group, First Southeast Bank, Heritage Grove, and Harmony Foods.

Once again this year, there will be a “Community Choice” award; this award goes to the girl the community has seen doing an outstanding job volunteering and representing the Harmony community. There will be a container for each girl set up in the lobby of the First Southeast Bank where the public can drop money into the container of their choice. The containers will be available starting Monday morning, June 24 through Friday afternoon, June 28. They will also be available through intermission at coronation before being collected and counted. The girl receiving the most money in her container will receive the award and all funds will be donated back to the pageant for expenses and scholarships.

After the court is decided, the girls will represent Harmony in parades and with volunteer hours around Harmony. They will also be helping out at the conservation club pancake breakfast at the fire hall on the 4th of July, judging the kiddie parade, serving at the customer appreciation dinner in August, Breakfast with Santa, and the Easter Egg Hunt.

There will once again be two younger girls chosen for “Little Miss Harmony.” There are five girls entering either first or second grade this fall that will be vying for these positions. These girls were also asked to find a sponsor, either a family or a Harmony business of their choosing. The girls will join the older candidates for the sponsor’s reception, polishing their nails, and judging. They can also join in on some of the volunteer activities.

This years Little Miss candidates include Soraya Hershberger, daughter of Levi and Jessica Hershberger, sponsored by Harvey and Amy Hershberger; Hannah Kingsley, daughter of Isaiah and Heidi Kingsley, sponsored by Kingsley Mercantile; Kathryn Pickett, daughter of Colin and Jennifer Pickett, sponsored by the Pickett and Tesmer families; Kayden Shaw, daughter of John and Gina Shaw, sponsored by the Shaw family; and Olivia Whalen, daughter of Teresa and Brian Michel and Corey and Allison Whalen, sponsored by J & M Building and Remodeling.

On Saturday, June 29, the 2013 Miss Harmony court will be crowned and begin their reign. The public is invited to Wheeler’s at 7:00 pm for the coronation. There will be a table set up with the “Community Choice” containers, a table with carnations available to purchase for your favorite contestant, as well as beverages and treats available for a free will donation.

Be watching for the girls around town and be sure to stop and visit with them. Each of the girls are looking forward to getting to know the community members and are very excited about the weeks activities.

Join the committee on Saturday, June 29 for this special kick-off to the Fourth of July activities in Harmony and meet the new community ambassadors- Miss Harmony, 1st Attendant, 2nd Attendant, Miss Congeniality, and the two Little Miss Harmony girls.

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