Cynthia Tennier will represent the community as Miss Pine River 2019 after being crowned Saturday, April 13, at the annual scholarship pageant at Pine River-Backus High School.
Kansas Tilbury claimed the First Princess title; Jada Olivier is Second Princess; and Sarah Carey is Miss Congeniality.
Other candidates were juniors Emma Barchus, Bella Netland and Haily Wiltz, and seniors Shiloh Kuhlman and Lizzy Mackert.
Tennier, a junior, is a member of the student council and Relay for Life Committee and has played softball for seven years at PR-B. As her talent, Tennier prepared food art, specifically a flower made from sliced strawberries and bananas artfully arranged on a platter.
"I would like to thank everyone who helped me to get to this point," Tennier said. "I'd like to go to college in St. Cloud and become an OB-GYN sonographer."
The Miss Pine River title comes with a $1,000 scholarship. Competitors are judged on their performance in four fields: talent, interview, business casual and eveningwear.
Tilbury, a junior, is perhaps known best as captain of the PR-B speech team and the lead in the PR-B production of "HONK." She is a member of the National Honor Society. Tilbury has big goals, striving to graduate high school with a 4.0 GPA so she can attend a prestigious college and become a lawyer. Tilbury sang "Rainbow" by Kacey Musgraves. The first princess title comes with a $500 scholarship.
Olivier, a senior, is the PR-B varsity softball pitcher and a certified nursing assistant. Olivier received a $400 scholarship. She plans to attend the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph to pursue a career in nursing. Olivier gave a presentation on a mission trip as her talent.
Carey, a junior, recently a singer and guitarist for the Bigfoot Musical Theater, received a $100 scholarship. She's attended the state talent show twice and is a member of the women's choir and chamber choir. Carey sang and played an original song on piano, titled "My Sweet Princess," as her talent. Carey plans to attend college to major in music and minor in business. Her ultimate goal is to start a musical theater.
The pageant theme was "40 Years of Fabulous," tying in rubies both for the 40th anniversary of the pageant and ruby slippers for the 80th anniversary of "The Wizard of Oz."