It was big night in Jackson County at the Lunda Theater last night.
“This week has been such a busy week. It’s been a lot of hard work and it’s just nice to see it pay off.”
That’s newly crowned Miss Jackson County Kianna Heller, of Black River Falls, after earning the title during last night’s coronation. Miss Jackson County’s goal for this year?
“As Miss Jackson County, this year, I hope to just inspire other people to get involved in their community, and just do my part by serving our people and getting involved as much as I can.”
Completing Miss Heller’s court: include First Attendant Christine Berger of Melrose; Rebecca Ross, Second Attendant, from Black River Falls; and Third Attendant Emma Ernstes, of Melrose. Coordinator Cassie Olson noted some changes to the program moving forward that now include a Miss Congeniality Scholarship Award.
“To be more congruent with other courts as well as the state Fairest of the Fair program. We found it fitting to welcome in a Third Attendant position and create a scholarship for the Miss Congeniality position instead. And that person received a $150 scholarship as well as a commemorative plaque.”
The first recipient of the new Miss Congeniality Scholarship was Miss Jackson County herself, Kianna Heller. And…Miss Wisconsin 2009, Kristina Schoh of Holmen, was the evening’s Keynote Speaker. Schoh talked about the importance of being one of the evening’s contestants.
“Well, I certainly wanted to make clear, first and foremost that all of the young ladies here this evening are gaining a gift from this experience, because they’re having the opportunity to prepare for their first job interview. And really to become Servant Leaders in their communities, whether it be right here at home or serving as an adult in a grown profession someday.”
Schoh was also a 2010 Miss America Contestant and currently is the Director of Brand for the Courtesy Corporation McDonald’s and Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota.
The new Miss Jackson County and her court are already busy working at the Jackson County Fair, starting today.