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Nisswa teen crowned Miss Central Lakes Outstanding Teen

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A Nisswa teen was crowned Miss Central Lakes Outstanding Teen on Sunday, Jan. 6.

Lizzy Thurlow, 15, the daughter of Marie “Mimi” and the late Scott “Mike” Thurlow, received the honor at the Chalberg Theatre at Central Lakes College in Brainerd.

Sage Hovet, the daughter of Randy and JoAnn Hovet, was first runner-up.

Also Sunday, Serena Schreifels, 16, was crowned Miss Brainerd Lakes Outstanding Teen. She succeeds Bailey Wachholz of Nisswa, who went on to be crowned Miss Minnesota’s Outstanding Teen.

Catie Kleindl was named first runner-up in the Miss Brainerd Lakes teen pageant and won the talent portion of the contest, playing the clarinet. Karrina Myhre won the Spirit Award, where contestants chose the teenager who brought the most energy and fun to the pageant experience.

“The Brainerd/Central Lakes Outstanding Teen Pageant was a memorable experience, from being crazy in the changing rooms, to looking fabulous on stage,” Thurlow said. “My favorite part was being able to meet all the amazing young ladies I was competing against. They were all well rounded, beautiful representatives in my eyes.”

Thurlow said emcee Tess Taylor had a “grand delay” in announcing the winner, making it suspenseful. But she was also in awe and shed tears of joy when she heard her name, she said.

“I also loved performing my realistic horse noise on stage. The reaction I got was quite humorous,” Thurlow said.

Her platform is Building Healthy Hearts: Heart Disease Awareness.

“I expect to get my platform out and to help many become heart healthy,” she said.

Thurlow looks forward to her first event with Schreifels as queens — the Brainerd Jaycees $150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza on Saturday, Jan. 19.

Also competing in the Miss Central Lakes Outstanding Teen Pageant were Mariah Fitch and Mia Pagnac. Other Miss Brainerd Lakes Outstanding Teen contestants were Samantha Selter and Kaelyn Spencer.

Both programs are part of the Miss Minnesota and Miss America Scholarship organizations.

Miss Brainerd Lakes pageants are open to all girls from the Brainerd, Pequot Lakes, Pillager and Crosby-Ironton school districts. The Miss Central Lakes pageant is open to any girl within the state of Minnesota who qualifies under the Miss America Scholarship Organization.

Contestants competed in lifestyle and fitness in active wear, talent, evening gown and on-stage question in the pageant. Each queen receives a $500 college scholarship and first runners-up receive $200 college scholarships, among other prizes.

The Miss Brainerd Lakes Princesses are Chandler Niemeyer, daughter of Corby and Shelia Niemeyer; Andreen Jenson, daughter of Arnold and Cheryl Jenson; Gabby Miller, daughter of Terina Miller; and Emma and Mackenzie Gropper, daughters of Paul and Melissa Gropper.