Three to vie for Miss Nisswa crown at April 2 scholarship pageant

To celebrate the 50th year, all former "Forever Miss Nisswa" women are invited to attend in crown and sash to be recognized on stage.

The 2022 Miss Nisswa contestants are Brooke Krivich (L), Alexis Shaw and Madeline Ryan
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The Nisswa Youth Scholarship Organization will host the 50th annual Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant and the 31st annual Little Miss Nisswa program at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2, at Nisswa Elementary School.

Miss Nisswa contestants are Brooke Krivich, Alexis Shaw and Madeline Ryan.

Little Miss Nisswa participants are Scarlet Johnson, Elissabeth Sparrow, Callie Wheeler, Harper Wilczek, Silver Estrada, Avery Aber and Adalyne Peterson.

To celebrate the 50th year, all former "Forever Miss Nisswa" women are invited to attend in crown and sash to be recognized on stage.

The new title holders will receive educational scholarships to pursue their career choices: Miss Nisswa, $3,000; Miss Nisswa First Princess, $1,500; and Miss Congeniality, $500. Talent, essay and interview winners each will receive $100 cash.


All contestants will receive gift bags with donations given by community businesses and individuals. Roses will be for sale along with silent auction items. Audience members may also vote for their favorite candidate to win a basket full of prizes with “Nisswa Votes.”

Miss Nisswa royalty from 2021 - Miss Nisswa Samantha Jackson, Miss Nisswa First Princess Carsyn Krassas and Miss Nisswa Congeniality Sonja Palmer - will emcee the event and crown their successors. Little Miss girls 2021 Lucy Smith, Charlotte Halvorson and Olivia Waagmeester will be in attendance to draw names for the three 2022 Little Miss Nisswa girls.

Following is information about each contestant:

Brooke Krivich

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Brooke Krivich

  • Parents: Mark and Connie Krivich
  • School: Senior at Brainerd High School
  • Activities and interests: I play the clarinet in Wind Symphony and have been skating at the Vacationland Figure Skating Club for 13 years. I work for the city of Nisswa as a warming house attendant. Sailing is something I really enjoy and I have been on the high school sailing team for three years. I have volunteered with the Outreach program in the past.
  • Future plans: I will attend Bemidji State University to major in accounting and fraud investigation after which I plan to work as a certified forensic accountant. While at Bemidji State, I will be part of the figure skating team.

Alexis Shaw

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Alexis Shaw

  • Parents: Audra and Joshua Shaw
  • School: Senior at Pequot Lakes High School
  • Activities and interests: I am in speech at Pequot Lakes High School and enjoy everything to do with art and music. I have volunteered at Lakewood Church, am in the Key Club and have helped with numerous volunteer activities in school, including the food shelf and Red Cross blood drives.
  • Future plans: I plan to attend North Dakota State University majoring in biology pre-med. Afterward I will attend medical school to become a pediatric oncologist.

Madeline Ryan

Madeline Ryan, Miss Nisswa Scholarship Pageant contestant
Madeline Ryan

  • Parents: Pete and Deb Ryan
  • School: Senior at Pequot Lakes High School
  • Activities and interests: I have been training horses since I was 9 years old and race Baja trucks in the summer. Barrel racing is an exciting interest of mine as I compete in the Minnesota High School Rodeo. I was also an assistant coach for the Nisswa Parks and Recreation pond hockey team.
  • Future plans: I have been accepted to the equine science program at North Dakota State University-Fargo.
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