And the new Miss St. Joseph Is…

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Katie Wertheimer

SAINT JOSEPH – On Saturday, November 12th, thirteen beautiful young women competed for the title of Miss St. Joseph. That position has been a coveted spot in the Saint Joseph Community since 1925, when the pageant was first created.

This year, the honor was awarded to four lovely girls from St. Joseph High School: Julia Service, Emma Schaffer, Rosie Wuerfel, and the winner of Miss St. Joseph, Libby Fernau. The winners of the pageant are not only responsible for being the face of the town, but have a duty to perform services to the community, including reading to young children, attending local events, and crowning her successor at the next Miss St. Joseph Pageant.

Miss St. Joseph and her royal court, that is made up of Miss Congeniality, first-runner up, and second-runner up are not only awarded scholarship money and prizes, but move on to compete for the title of Miss Blossomtime in the pageant this May. It is a large honor that these girls take very seriously.

When deciding the winner of the competition, the judges have a lot of criteria that they look at. They examine their overall appearance on stage, their gracefulness and how they walk, their interview answers, and their extracurriculars.

Two seniors from Lake Michigan Catholic competed in the pageant: Hannah Starr and Kelley Golden. Though neither girl placed in the pageant, they both were grateful for the friends and new skills they learned while on this journey.

Starr believes that, although she didn’t win, the experience was worth it.

”I had a great time but the best part was making friends from other schools. There are so many girls that I have a close relationship with now because of the pageant and it was well worth it.”

Golden has a similar response to her experience with the pageant community. She found it to be a very enjoyable process that she will remember for years to come.

“I loved it because the practices were so much fun and I made such good friends. The committee was so great and I look up to all of these wonderful ladies.”

Both girls made the Laker community proud. Good luck to the New Miss St. Joseph and her royal court as they start their new life as community icons.