Sarah Grant is crowned Miss Lonsdale

Lonsdale now has new ambassadors representing the community at area parades and events.  On Saturday evening, Aug. 3, a new Miss Lonsdale was crowned after a fun evening of competition.  Sarah Grant, daughter of Brad and Joelyn Grant, won the title of Miss Lonsdale 2014. She is home schooled and plays trumpet in the Tri-City United High School band. Princesses are Ashley Altschul, daughter of Shannon and Mike Walters and Seth Altschul, and Amber Larsen, daughter of Amy Larsen and Mark Hatle. Larsen was also awarded Miss Congeniality.

The young women competed in several areas including personal interview, community involvement, academic achievement, Legends of Lonsdale presentation, evening gown, on-stage interview, and overall stage presence. 

The highlight of the evening is the Legends of Lonsdale presentations, when each contestant chooses and researches a person that has made a difference in the community, and then gives a speech about why he or she is a legend. Altschul won this portion of the evening with her presentation on Bernie Smisek, a local farmer and all around humanitarian and volunteer who has been involved in nearly every local organization over the years. Grant’s presentation was about Lucy Kuchinka, and Larsen told the audience why the Lonsdale Lions Club is deserving of the category. 

Larsen won the category of on-stage interview with her answer to the question on how she would describe Lonsdale to others. 

“I would say it’s a very pulled together community filled with many people who work and care for each other,” she responded.

Altschul was awarded the best evening gown. She also raised the most money in sponsorships ($1,800), and sold the most buttons (1,200), winning cash prizes for both.

Grant won for academic achievement, and spirit of volunteerism. 

At a separate pageant held earlier in the afternoon, five contestants vied for two open titles for the Little Ambassadors. The judges selected Brynlee Kupp, daughter of Douglas and Shanna Kupp, and Mallorie Pavek, daughter of Joe and Sarah Pavek to represent Lonsdale. 

Three contestants competed in the Junior Ambassador competition and Reagan Gaul, daughter of Ted and Stephi Gaul, and Brittany Williams, daughter of Matheau and Heather Williams won the titles.

The new royalty will begin their reign at Lonsdale Community Days, August 9-11. 

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