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Smith crowned Miss Pine River

Ellie Smith sang her way to the Miss Pine River crown Saturday, April 14, at Pine River-Backus High School. Smith, a junior at Pine River-Backus High School, was the top mermaid at the "Under the Sea" themed pageant with her rendition of "If We'r...

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Ellie Smith, Pine River-Backus High School junior, was crowned Miss Pine River 2018 Saturday, April 14, at Pine River-Backus School. Theresa Bourke / Echo Journal

Ellie Smith sang her way to the Miss Pine River crown Saturday, April 14, at Pine River-Backus High School.

Smith, a junior at Pine River-Backus High School, was the top mermaid at the "Under the Sea" themed pageant with her rendition of "If We're Honest" for the talent portion of the evening.

The First Princess title went to Shayna Moore, while Ally Anderson earned Second Princess, and Grace Rivers took home the Miss Congeniality title. All girls are juniors.

Smith won a $1,000 scholarship for her efforts. Moore, Anderson and Rivers earned $500, $400 and $100 scholarships, respectively.

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Other pageant participants were Amber Burtard, Crystal Hutchins and Annaleah Olson.

The seven girls competed in business casual wear, talent and evening gown Saturday night. Before the pageant, each contestant met with the judges for an individual interview.

Talents included singing, dancing, painting, giving speeches and performing a skit.

Passing on their crowns were the 2017 pageant winners Brianna Adkins, Miss Pine River; Tara Huston, First Princess; Avery Cunningham, Second Princess; and Sydney Davidson, Miss Congeniality.

Smith, Moore, Anderson and Rivers will represent Pine River at various community events throughout the upcoming year.

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Pageant chair was Barb Klocke, and Jay Kline served as emcee for the evening.

Theresa Bourke started working at the Dispatch in July 2018, covering Brainerd city government and area education, including Brainerd Public Schools and Central Lakes College.
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