Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen Pageant
June 20-22, 2014
Queen's Royal Court
Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen, Alanna Burkart will reign over this year’s 16th Festival Queen Pageant June 20-22. Alanna is the daughter of Art and Tracie Burkart, of Phillips, WI. She will represent the state of Wisconsin in the Miss Czech Slovak US National Queen Pageant in Wilber, NE the first weekend of August.
Emcees for the program will be returning Queens; Stephanie Krubsack (Queen 2009-2010) Ameris Grapa (Queen 2010-2011) and Elizabeth Kaliska (Queen 2011-2012.)
Six young ladies will be vying for the title this year during the 31st Phillips Community Czech Slovak Festival. Candidates for the title must be between ages 17-25, single, and of Czech, Slovak, Moravian or Silesian ancestry. There are four categories in which these young ladies are judged; a personal interview, a public interview on stage, modeling their Kroj (National folk dress in the American or Nationality category) and talent (American or Nationality).
Candidates seeking this year’s crown include the following six young women:
Lyndsey Kathryn Holan-Miss Bohemia is the daughter of Richard and Peggy Holan of Phillips. Lyndsey is going to be a senior in Phillips High School in the fall. She will perform a four mallet marimba solo “Mexican Murals” in the American Division. Her Kroj is in the American category. She is sponsored by her parents.
Kayla Kedzior-Miss Starec Domazlice is the daughter of David and Carol Kedzior of Green Bay. Kayla finished her first year at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. She plans to major in Graphic Design and Marketing. For her talent segment, she plans to do a charcoal drawing “Interpretation of Under the Rainbow” by Vlastimil Hofman to Misha Mishenko in the American Division. Her Kroj is entered in the American Division. She is sponsored by Wisconsin Czechs, Inc.
Melissa Ann Klimowski- Miss Jablonka is the daughter of Robert & Sue Klimowski of Phillips. Melissa is going to be a senior in Phillips High School in the fall. She will perform a narrative titled “Sewing My Heritage Together” in the American division. Her Kroj is in the Nationality division. She is sponsored by Marquip Ward United.
Angela Kochan-Miss Domazlice is the daughter of Joe and Kathy Kochan of Fond du Lac. Angela finished teaching her first year at Cadott Jr/Sr High where she teaches Family Consumer Science Education. For her talent, she plans to do a flute solo titled “Going Home” by Antonin Dvorak in the Nationality division. Her Kroj is in the Nationality division. She is sponsored by the Wisconsin Czechs, Inc.
Charlotte Ann Koshak-Miss Preborovice is the daughter of Jeffrey and Susan Koshak, of Park Falls. Charlotte graduated from Park Falls High School and plans to attend Fox Valley Technical College in Appleton to study radiology. Charlotte will perform a tenor saxophone solo titled “Slavonic Dance” by Antonin Dvorak in the Nationality division. Her Kroj is in the American division. She is sponsored by her family.
Gabrielle Marie Seidl - Miss Smolec, the daughter of Mark and Jane Seidl of Butler, WI. Gabby finished her 3rd semester at Milwaukee Area Technical College and plans to become a pastry chef after graduation. Gabrielle plans to do a Bottle dance to the music by Veselica Folk Ensemble for her talent in the Nationality Division. Her Kroj is entered in the American Division. She is sponsored by The Tatra Slovak Dancers of Milwaukee.
This year’s pageant activities will conclude on Sunday, June 22nd in the Phillips High School auditorium when one of these candidates will be crowned as the 2014-2015 Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen. Pageant judges are Miss Czech-Slovak US 2013-14 Anna Hand from KS. Anna is 50% Czech on her mother’s side. Her family immigrated to the US in the 1800’s. She just finished her sophomore year at Fort Hays State University in KS majoring in Political Science. Don Paflko is the MN Honorary Slovak Consulate General. He is one of the founding members of the Czech & Slovak Culture Center of Minnesota and involved in many Czech Slovak organizations. He is founder and director of the Lipa Slovak Folk Dancers. The third judge is MN Nominated Honorary Czech Consul Gen. Marit Lee Kucera. Marit grew up on her Czech (Bohemian) grandfather’s homestead on the Minnesota/Ontario (Canada) border in International Falls, MN. Marit has been an active member of Czech and Slovak Sokol Minnesota since 2000; she is currently the managing editor of the monthly magazine, Slovo. Marit dyes fabric for quilters around the world, as well as dyeing silks and cottons for her own line (M’Art Designs). She is using her experience, training, and opportunities she received as a youth in 4-H and now serves as a 4-H judge for fashion review at the Minnesota state fair.
Queen’s Royal Court:
Participants of the Queen’s Royal Court program are ladies between the ages of 13 and 16 and must be of some Czech, Slovak, and Moravian or Silesian heritage. This program bridges the gap between the ‘Little Sister” program and the Queen Pageant. It allows these young ladies to learn more about their heritage and experience the excitement of a queen pageant while in a noncompetitive environment. They have an opportunity to model a kroj, perform their talent and write an original 250 word presentation on “What My Heritage Means to Me”. This area is non-competitive; however, they do have two judges that critique them. Their job is to help support them, and encourage them so that when they are 17 and run for Queen, they will be prepared. These judges are Ameris Grapa, returning Queen and US Czech Slovak 2nd Runner Up Brittnay Smisek. Ameris, a Phillips’ native, graduated from Concordia University Wisconsin in art education and teaches art to seventh to twelfth grade students in Three Lakes, Wisconsin. Brittany is
20 years old and a junior at Minnesota State University, Mankato where she is studying to become an Elementary Education major.
This year 5 young ladies will participate in the program: Annika Angelo, daughter of Ron and Luanne Angelo, Naomi Angelo, daughter of Don and Joyce Angelo, Amanda Kadlecek, daughter of Jodell and Troy Kadlecek, Megan Klaver, daughter of Cathy and Jeff Klaver and Marina Windmoeller daughter of Linda and Richard Windmoeller all from Phillips. Annika will perform a solo entitled “For Good from Wicked.” Naomi is doing a ukulele solo titled “I'll Fly Away.” Amanda will perform a jazz dance to the song, "Young Blood.” Megan Klaver is performing a clarinet solo titled “Sarabande and Bouree” and Marina Windmoeller is performing a ballet waltz in Pointe entitled "Interpretive Solo Variation”. The Queen and Queen’s Royal Court performances have a large variety of talent that will be both different and interesting.
The Little Sister Program is for girls ages 7-12. These girls learn about their heritage from peers, wear folk dresses, and “shadow” candidates and visiting royalty during festival events. The Little Sisters for this year’s pageant are Allie Adomaitis, daughter of Joe and Jamie Adomaitis, Amanda (Mandy) Angelo and Anastasia Angelo, daughters of Ron and Luanne Angelo, Hannah Angelo, daughter of Don and Joyce Angelo, Delaney Boho, daughter of Wayne and Janie Boho, Allison Crabtree, daughter of Amy and Richard Crabtree of Kennan, Crystal Croy, daughter of Patrick Croy, Brooke and Mataya Eckert, daughters of Justin and Sarah Eckert, Maya Hernandez, daughter of Carlos and Andrea Galvan of Wisconsin Rapids, Aleda Hoogland daughter of Bennett and Jolie Hoogland, Alexandra Kotke daughter of Sam and Stephanie Kotke, Lily Miller, daughter of Marina and Steve Miller of Kennan, Hannah Pippenger, daughter of Amy and Karl Pippenger, Sofia Windmoeller, daughter of Linda and Rich Windmoeller, and Alena Zorn, daughter of Angela Freeman of Kennan, All of Phillips unless otherwise identified. The little Sisters will also be “shadowing” visiting queens: Anna Hand, Miss US Czech Slovak Queen, Brittnay Smisek, US Czech Slovak 2nd Runner up at national, Corbin Jerde, MN Czech Slovak Queen and MN Princess Heather Vikla.
Vernette Moravek, the Wisconsin Czech-Slovak Queen Director predicts that this will be a great Pageant. We have lots of beautiful young women competing and participating in the pageant; plus, visiting royalty from MN and the US Miss Czech Slovak Queen. We promise lots of good entertainment in their talent competition and beautiful kroje. The Young ladies and Little Sisters have a full weekend schedule with lots of activities to participate in to learn more about their heritage. All of the public is invited. Everyone should enjoy watching the Pageant.