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Three to compete in Miss Czech Slovak MN pageant
Three young women will compete for the state title of Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota on Saturday, April 6, at the American Legion Club in Montgomery.
Corbin Jerde, daughter of Kathy and David Jerde, Golden Valley. She is a senior at Robbinsdale Armstrong High school and will be performing a vocal solo for her talent. Corbin’s goal in live is to receive her master’s degree, move to New York and perform.
She said she would like to be Miss Czech Slovak MN because she would like the opportunity to represent her heritage and to help others learn about the culture and traditions of her ancestors.
Kristine Kocina is the daughter of Donna and Ken Kocina, New Prague. She is a student at Gustavus Adolphus College and will perform a vocal solo, play the clarinet for her pageant talent. Her goal in life is to receive her master’s degree in geriatric social work. Kocina said she would like to be Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota because she would like to keep the Czech Slovak Moravian heritage and traditions alive. She added that she would like to preserve the Czech traditions, language, culture and stories.
The third candidate is Brittany Smisek, daughter of Michelle and Jeffrey Smisek, Lonsdale. She is a student at Minnesota State University, Mankato. For her talent, Smisek will perform a vocal solo. She said her ambition in life is to obtain a degree in elementary education and teach in the community in which she grew up.
She said she would like to be Miss Czech Slovak MN Queen because she would love to represent something that is very important to her. She added that it would be an honor to pass on what she has learned about the Czech heritage to others around the state.
The evening starts off with an ethnic dinner of pork, dumplings, sauerkraut and kolacky served at 5 p.m. Following the meal, the pageant begins at 7 p.m. with Steve Flicek serving as emcee.
The candidates are all of Czech, Slovak or Moravian descent and will compete in the categories of talent, ethnic folk dress, onstage interview, poise and appearance, as well private interviews. The winner will go on to represent the state of Minnesota during the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant held in early August at Wilber, NE.
The reigning royalty are Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Queen is Rebecca Enrooth, New Prague, Princess Mary Kate Gross, New Prague, and Miss Congeniality Rachel Kuzma, Mankato.
Special invited guests include the Kolacky Royalty and Masopust King from Montgomery, as well as royalty from many surrounding towns. Also invited are Miss Czech Slovak State Queens from Iowa, Wisconsin, South Dakota, and Nebraska, as well as Robert Vanasek, honorary consul for the Slovak Republic, and his wife Jeanette. Montgomery Mayor Jean Keogh and husband Ed will be in attendance, and the mayor will be making a special presentation during the dinner program.
John Fiala, founder of Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant, from Lincoln, NE, will also be attending the pageant.
Attending the pageant this year will be special guest Jennifer Salva, Miss Czech Slovak US 2012-13. She attends the University of Kansas and is majoring in journalism and film studies. She has visited the Slovak Republic in 2013 to present a report at the 26th SVU World congress at the University of Zilina.
The public is invited to a “Meet and Greet” with Salva on Saturday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to noon at Montgomery Oil Company and David’s Diner.
The Miss Czech Slovak Minnesota Pageant committee invites everyone to be a part of this wonderful celebration. Music will be provided by Tim Chlan and friends.
For advance tickets, contact Jerry and Lorraine David at 507-364-5384, Montgomery Oil, at 507-364-9370, or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. They can also be purchased at the door.