Miss Holland Fest Queen, Miss Pre-Teen chosen

Photos by Traci Westcott/The Herald
Kaelynn Luker, 17, of Holland, left, Cheyanne Motteler, 17, of Holland, Paige Kendall, 17, of Huntingburg, and Chaney Barrett, 17, of Huntingburg, get their nerves out backstage before the 2019 Miss Holland Community Festival Pageant at Southridge High School in Huntingburg on Sunday. Chaney was crowned the 2019 Miss Holland Community Festival Queen.

By BILL POWELL
bpowell@dcherald.com

HUNTINGBURG — A Windmill Chill employee who has sights set on becoming an orthodontist was named Miss Holland Community Festival Queen in a pageant Sunday at Southridge High School.

An estimated 175 people attended the 2019 Miss Holland Community Festival Scholarship Pageant. There were five teens vying for queen and seven girls competing for the Miss Pre-Teen title.

Newly crowned Holland Fest Queen Chaney Barrett said she is looking forward to presiding over events at the 2019 Holland Community Festival, which takes place Friday through Sunday. She especially anticipates helping contestants in the Little Miss/Mister and Junior Miss/Mister contests Friday, and sampling offerings at the fest’s food booths.

The Holland Community Festival adds a queen pageant to the fest every five years.

Barrett, 17, is the daughter of Scott and Carla Barrett. She plans to attend the University of Southern Indiana to study pre-dentistry, and someday become an orthodontist. She is a National Honor Society inductee, a cheer squad and swim team captain, and had previously been named 2018 Teen Miss during the 4-H Fair. Her sister, Bailey Barrett, was named the 2019 Miss Dubois County 4-H Fair.

All contestants were judged on their performance during pre-pageant interviews, introductions that featured casual wear selections and, finally, a formal wear round where contestants gave impromptu answers to randomly selected questions.

Saree Sturgeon, 13, and Jasmyne Parke, 12, of Holland, peek into the audience from backstage before the 2019 Miss Holland Community Festival Pageant at Southridge High School in Huntingburg on Sunday.



The other winners in the pageant included:

• First runner-up: Paige Kendall, 17, the daughter of Scott and Kim Kendall. The Southridge High School senior hopes to someday be a Christian speaker and the mayor of Huntingburg. She plans to attend the University of Indianapolis to double major in communications and political science.

• Second runner-up: Kennedy Siddons, 16, the daughter of Heath Siddons and Heather Siddons. Active in basketball and track, she is also a member of Southridge High School’s Business Professionals of America, Kindness Club, Key Club and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She plans to study dental hygiene or psychology in college.

• Miss Congeniality: Cheyanne Motteler, 17, the daughter of Kevin and Tina Martin of Holland and the late Jason Motteler. The Southridge High School senior is a member of the Mayor’s Youth Council, and is a Huntingburg City Pool lifeguard and a SARG lifeguard who was named most improved on her swim team. She is also involved with cross country, track and field, the Business Professionals of America and Spirit Club.

Pre-teen

Maddie Graber was crowned Pre-Teen Miss Holland Community Festival. The 11-year-old is the daughter of Shawn and Elaine Graber. The Southridge Middle School student was the 2018 Junior Miss Holland, and was also crowned 2018 Junior Miss Herbstfest. In addition to her Pre-teen Miss Holland Fest sash, Graber was also named Pre-Teen Miss Congeniality.

The contestants stand together on stage during the 2019 Miss Holland Community Festival Pageant at Southridge High School in Huntingburg on Sunday.



The other winners in the Pre-Teen competition included:

• First runner-up: Jaylynn Goodwin, 11, the daughter of Mark and Lynn Goodwin. The Holland resident and Southridge Middle School student helped coordinate the games for the 2019 Dutch Friendship Day, and wants to become a special needs teacher.

• Second runner-up: Yuliana Leon, 12, the daughter of Juan and Tina Leon. The Southridge Middle School sixth-grader is involved in track, basketball and volleyball, and hopes to someday become an occupational therapist.

Lauren Popp, who was the Holland Community Festival Queen 10 years ago during the community’s 150th birthday, directed this year’s pageant. Walt Ferber served as emcee, and Marco Rocha ran lights and sound. Judges were Vicky Hulfachor, an Arthur woman who has coached her own daughters in numerous pageants; Melissa Adams, a Jasper body image activist and photographer; and Amy Lyons, a library media specialist for Jefferson County Public Schools in Louisville, Kentucky.

Popp said she has known many of the pageant’s contestants since they were little girls. She addressed their parents from the pageant stage Sunday.

“These girls are incredible and so unique,” Popp said. “They have shown grace, poise, kindness and confidence. Thank you for raising this amazing future generation of our community.”

Former fest queen Lauren Meyer attended to pass on the crown she won in 2014.

Key sponsors for the event were Beth Carter Exquisite Bridal and Formal Wear, which donated crowns; Family Roots Nursery, which donated stage decorations and contestant bouquets; and Disinger Jewelers of Jasper and French Lick, which supplied pins for the winners. Headshots and event pictures were courtesy of Lacey Vollmer of Exposures Fine Photography.




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