Eight to compete in Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant on June 25

Event is not open to the public

Miss Pequot Lakes candidates are (top row, left to right) Shayna Schmidt, Samantha Jackson, Hannah Brown , Katie Nelson, (bottom row, left to right) Natalie Thorson, Madison Fulton, Jackalyn Fox and Sydney Dorian.

Community Action of Pequot Lakes will host the 33rd annual Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 25, at Breezy Point Resort. This year's pageant will not be open to the public.

2019 Miss Pequot Lakes Mariah Rickard will crown one of eight area high school junior and seniors as Pequot Lakes' newest royalty. Miss Pequot Lakes candidates are Katie Nelson, Madison Fulton, Natalie Thorson, Shayna Schmidt, Jackalyn Fox, Sydney Dorian, Hannah Brown and Samantha Jackson.

The first appearance of the 2020 Miss Pequot Lakes royalty will be at the July Stars and Stripes and Bean Hole Days celebrations.

Escorts for the candidates are Emme Sullivan, Nola Novak, Clare Foote, Taya Hoffman, Lauren Scott, Myla Abrams, Harper Palmer and Gabrielle Vershey. All just completed fourth-grade at Eagle View Elementary and Crosslake Community schools.

Three judges will review each contestant’s information before the pageant, as well as conduct a one-on-one interview with them. At the event, the Miss Pequot Lakes contestants will be judged on presences in both casual wear and formal wear, as well as to their answers to an impromptu question and talent performance.


The Miss Pequot Lakes candidates and escorts will perform an opening number at the pageant. The pageant’s theme is Celebrating our Hometown Heroes.

Mistress of ceremony will be Kimberly Ziesemer, Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant director.

The Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant will honor Vonnie Tweed as its second recipient of the Miss Pequot Lakes Hall of Fame during the pageant.

A few former Miss Pequot Lakes and Miss Pequot Lakes Princesses will be a part of the pageant program. Opening speakers and pageant helpers are Gabby Ziesemer, Ashley Wallin, Emilee Buell and Isabelle Ziesemer.

The Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant provides prizes to all participants, thanks to the support of area businesses and individual sponsors. Scholarship amounts are: Miss Pequot Lakes, $4,000; Miss Pequot Lakes Princess, $2,000; and Miss Congeniality, $1,000.

Anyone wishing to still donate to the scholarship fund or to volunteer can call Kimberly Ziesemer at 218-851-2764.




Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: Marty and Amy Nelson.

Career goal: International marketing and business.

Talent: Dog sports presentation.

Escort: Emme Sullivan, the daughter of Jesse and Rachel Sullivan.


Year: Will be a senior.


Parents: Joe and Debbie Fulton.

Career goal: Medical field.

Talent: Art presentation.

Escort: Nola Novak, the daughter of Tom and Elysha Novak.


Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: Jonathan and Jill Thorson.


Career goal: Professional musician.

Talent: Playing violin.

Escort: Clare Foote, the daughter of Josh and Jenny Foote.


Year: Will attend college this fall.

Parents: Sam and Julie Schmidt.

Career goal: Psychologist.


Talent: Singing.

Escort: Taya Hoffman, the daughter of Tom and Jaki Seils.


Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: James and Sheila Fox.

Career goal: Architect.

Talent: Art presentation.


Escort: Lauren Scott, the daughter of Mike and Jessica Scott.


Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: Cam and Pam Dorion.

Career goal: Sociologist.

Talent: Speech.

Escort: Myla Abrams, the daughter of Jonas and Tiffany Abrams.


Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: Mike Flemmer and Tracy Olson.

Career goal: Physical therapist.

Talent: Art presentation.

Escort: Harper Palmer, the daughter of Corey and Joanna Palmer.


Year: Will be a senior.

Parents: Wade and Kelly Jackson.

Career goal: Labor and delivery nurse.

Talent: Dance solo.

Escort: Gabrielle Vershey, the daughter of Kade and Nicole Vershey.

Nancy Vogt is editor of the Pineandlakes Echo Journal, a weekly newspaper that covers eight communities in the Pequot Lakes-Pine River areas - from Nisswa to Hackensack and Pequot Lakes to Crosslake.

She started as editor of the Lake Country Echo in July 2006, and continued in that role when the Lake Country Echo and the Pine River Journal combined in September 2013 to become the Pineandlakes Echo Journal. She worked for the Brainerd Dispatch from 1992-2006 in various roles.

She covers Nisswa, Pequot Lakes, Lake Shore and Crosslake city councils, as well as writes feature stories, news stories and personal columns (Vogt's Notes). She also takes photos at community events.

Contact her at or 218-855-5877 with story ideas or questions. Be sure to leave a voicemail message!
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