Kolacky Days candidates are announced

The Kolacky Days Royalty is (front, from left) Alyssa Bergs, Miss Congeniality; Kayla Malecha, 2nd Princess; and Bailey Gare, 1st Princess. The candidates are (back, from left) Danielle Glende, Katelyn Stasney, Kayla Trcka and Allie Trnka. Missing are candidate Andrea Foote and Queen Chelsey Skluzacek. (Submitted Photo)
 
Kolacky Days are just eight weeks away, and its candidates for the Queen Pageant are already out and about selling buttons for the festival.
 
The five candidates for the Kolacky Days Queen Pageant formally announced their candidacy at a parent meeting on May 19. There, the young women received the required Kolacky Days buttons to sell, reviewed the rules and regulations of being a Montgomery ambassador, and heard from the current royalty about their year.
The candidates are Danielle Glende, daughter of Kim Glende of Montgomery and David Glende of Faribault; Katelyn Stasney, daughter of Russ and Debbie Stasney of Montgomery; Kayla Trcka, daughter of Bill and Christine Trcka of Lonsdale; Allie Trnka, daughter of Jon and Ronna Trnka of Montgomery, and Andrea Foote, daughter of Dana Foote of Montgomery.
Scholarship amounts
 
The Kolacky Days ambassadors receive their scholarships after they finish their year of royal responsibilities and successfully complete one semester of post-secondary school.
 
In April, the Kolacky Days board visited the subject of scholarship amounts and voted unanimously to raise the dollar amounts for the Montgomery ambassadors. To help offset their cost, the Community Club also received an anonymous donation from a private citizen that was especially designated for scholarships. 
 
The new scholarship totals are:
Queen:           $2,500
1st Princess:     $1,500
2nd Princess:     $1,250
Miss Congeniality:   $1,000
 
To qualify as a candidate, students must be females in good standing in the Tri-City United School District. They must live within a given radius of Montgomery and Kilkenny. If they live outside that radius, they can petition the  community club for approval.
 
Also at the meeting, the candidates and their parents received their pre-pageant information, schedules, buttons to sell, as well as the rules and requirements for being a candidate and royalty.
 
The Kolacky court is responsible for attending more than 15 parades throughout the area as well as community events and appearances. 
 
Kolacky Days is July 26, 27 and 28.