Five area high school juniors and seniors will compete in the 30th annual Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant, hosted by Community Action of Pequot Lakes at 7 p.m. Friday, April 21, in the Pequot Lakes High School auditorium.

Candidates are Emmarae Lasart, Alexis Lueck, Alexia Rickard, Mariah Weise and Kenna Yutrzenka. Miss Pequot Lakes 2016 Megan Morgan will crown the newest royalty.

Escorts for the candidates are Nevaeh Brynteson, Madeline Buss, Morgan Dotty, Audrey Jobe and Isabelle Ziesemer, all fourth-graders of Eagle View Elementary School.

Tickets are $5 at the door and include a cake and punch reception after the pageant.

The first appearance of the 2017 Miss Pequot Lakes royalty will be at the Pelican Lakes Conservation Club breakfast fundraiser for the scholarship pageant from 7:30-11 a.m. Saturday April 22, at the conservation club in Breezy Point.

Three judges will review each contestant's information before the pageant, as well as conduct an initial 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 each will perform a talent.

Both the Miss Pequot Lakes candidates and escorts will perform an opening number, choreographed by Taylor Mudgett and Alexis Lueck.

Mistress of ceremony will be Kimberly Ziesemer, Miss Pequot Lakes Scholarship Pageant director. A few former Miss Pequot Lakes and Miss Pequot Lakes princesses will be part of the pageant program.

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, $2,000; Miss Pequot Lakes Princess, $1,000; and Miss Congeniality, $500.

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


Grade: 11

Grandparents: Greg and Debra Welu

Escort: Nevaeh Brynteson, fourth grade, the daughter of Billy and Cassandra Brynteson


Grade: 11

Parents: Shane and Tami Lueck

Escort: Isabelle Ziesemer, fourth grade, the daughter of Erik and Kimberly Ziesemer


Grade: 12

Parents: Bill and Kristine Rickard

Escort: Morgan Dotty, fourth grade, the daughter of Joe and Melanie Dotty


Grade: 11

Parents: Scot Weise and the late Connie Weise

Escort: Madeline Buss, fourth grade, the daughter of Kevin and Melissa Buss


Grade: 12

Parents: Kevin and Kristina Yutrzenka

Escort: Audrey Jobe, fourth grade, the daughter of Dustin and Melissa Jobe