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Voels crowned Miss Nisswa

Carissa Voels, a Brainerd High School senior, was crowned Miss Nisswa on Friday, Feb. 15, at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Nisswa.

Pequot Lakes High School seniors Nicole Traut and Elise Runberg were crowned first and second princesses, respectively. Nisswa Elementary School second-grader Mattie Holst is Little Miss Nisswa 2013.

The nine Miss Nisswa contestants showed a united front when it came to voting for Miss Congeniality. They agreed to a nine-way tie, and each contestant received a pin and the Miss Congeniality sash was cut into nine pieces.

Other Miss Nisswa contestants were Anna Bieganek, Kaitlyn Christianson, Kara Hansen, Megan Hintz, Molly Palm and Samantha Rathman.

Voels won a $3,000 scholarship. Traut will receive a $2,000 scholarship. Runberg will get a $1,500 scholarship plus $350 for being the outstanding essay winner.

Each contestant will receive $50 for her piece of the Miss Congeniality title. And Christianson won $350 for being the outstanding personal interview winner.

Senior escorts were Brayden Campbell, Jack Holland and Zean Baker, all Brainerd High School seniors and former Nisswa Elementary School students.

Stacey Waidelich of the Nisswa Women of Today, scholarship pageant sponsor, was mistress of ceremonies. Miss Nisswa 2012 Mackayla Headlee crowned her successor.

Little Miss Nisswa Carley Maine was the 2012 Little Miss Nisswa.

In addition to Holst, Little Miss Nisswa participants included Janey Janousek, Brooke Jensen, Tori Edinger, Izzy Holmes, Ella Anderson, Cassidy Grimsley, Jayley Jo Andresen, Malina Schiller, Lily Bauman, Jada Klecatsky, Emily Holtti, Shelby Isam, Macey Abramson and Katie Breitbach.

Second-graders William Ingram and Josh Stark were Little Miss Nisswa escorts.

The Miss Nisswa competition included the personal essay and interview, which were completed before the pageant. At the pageant, contestants modeled casual wear and evening gowns, and each answered an impromptu question.

Pequot Lakes resident Arlean Rosemore, of Mother Originals Quilt Shop in Pequot Lakes, provided the backdrop for the pageant — her handcrafted 120- by 120-inch Candyland gameboard quilt. The quilt also was displayed at Saturday’s Mini Jubilee at Nisswa Elementary School.

The 2013 Nisswa Winter Jubilee theme was “Candyland Edition.”