Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen Pageant June 14-16, 2013
Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen, Sheila Uhren will reign over this year’s 15th Festival Queen Pageant June 14-16. Sheila is the daughter of Glenn and Jineen Uhren, of Prentice, 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.
Three young ladies will be vying for the title this year during the 30th Phillips Community Czech Slovak Festival. Candidates for the title must be between ages 16-25, 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, Kroj (National folk dress) modeling (American or Nationality kroj) and talent (American or Nationality).
Candidates seeking this year’s crown include the following three young women: Alanna Jade Burkart-Miss Hladovka, the daughter of Art and Tracie Burkart, of Phillips. Alanna is going to be a junior in Phillips High School in the fall. She will perform a tuba solo accompanied by her father Art Burkart. She is entered in the Nationality Division. She will be playing a tuba musical, “Going Home” by Dvork. Her kroj (folk dress) is entered in the American Division. She is sponsored by Marquip Ward United.
Kayla Kedzior-Miss Starec Domazlice, the daughter of David and Carol Kedzior, of Greenbay. Kayla graduated from Ashwaubenon High School and plans to attend Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. For her talent segment, she plans to do a charcoal drawing titled St. Agnes of Bohemia in the Nationality Division. Her Kroj (folk dress) is entered in the American Division. She is sponsored by David and Carol Kedzior.
Gabrielle Marie Seidl - Miss Smolec, the daughter of Mark and Jane Seidl of Butler, WI. Gabby is attending Milwaukee Area Technical College and plans to become a pastry chef after graduation. Gabby plans to do a demonstration of Czech Pastry for her talent in the American Division.” Her Kroj (folk dress) is entered in the American Division. She is sponsored by Mark and Jane Seidl.
This year’s pageant activities will conclude on Sunday, June 16 in the Phillips High School auditorium when one of these candidates will be crowned as the 2013-2014 Miss Czech Slovak Wisconsin State Queen. Pageant judges are Miss Czech-Slovak US 2012-13 Jennifer Helen Salva. Jennifer Salva is a junior at the University of Kansas where she studies journalism, film and Arabic. She was chosen as Miss Czech-Slovak US 2012-13 winning the categories of private interview, public interview and kroj modeling.
John Fiala of Lincoln is a proud to be 100% Czech. He founded the National Miss Czech Slovak Queen Pageant held in Wilber, NE. For 19 years John was the MC and Pageant Director. Now he is Chairman Emeritus of the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant Board of Directors. The third judge is Linus Voves from Ionia, Iowa and is a full blooded Czech that grew up with his family speaking the Czech language at home. He has had the opportunity to meet distant relatives on his many trips to the Czech Republic while staying for a length of time to better acquaint himself with the Czech language. He is a member of the Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International of St Paul MN, Wisconsin Czechs and Czech Heritage Foundation of Cedar Rapids IA. He has been a judge for the Minnesota Miss Czech/Slovak Pageant, the Iowa Miss Czech/Slovak pageant and the National Miss Czech/Slovak Pageant in Wilber NE.
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, 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 and perform their talent and write an original 250 word presentation on “What My Heritage Means to Me”.
This year 5 young ladies will participate in the program: Acacia and Annika Angelo, daughters of Ron and Luanne Angelo of Phillips, Amanda Kadlecek, daughter of Jodell and Troy Kadlecek, Phillips McKenzie Kadzior, daughter of Carol and David Kadzior from Green Bay and Melissa Klimowski, daughter of Robert and Sue Klimowski, Phillips. Acacia will perform for her talent a Soprano solo, “The Vein Suit,” a German song and Annika will perform a Slovak Flute solo, Only One Good Eye Has She. Amanda will perform a point ballet to the song, "He's a Pirate" from Pirates of the Caribbean.” and Melissa is telling the story; “Sewing My Heritage Together.” The Queen and Queen’s Royal Court performances 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 Anastasia Angelo, daughter of Ron and Luanne Angelo, Hannah Angelo, daughter of Don and Joyce Angelo, Hannah Cooper, daughter of Sara Walker, Crystal Croy, daughter of Patrick Croy, Aleda and Gretchen Hoogland daughters of Bennett and Jolie Hoogland, Jayda Jansen, daughter of Jay & Dana Janssen, Laney Kleist, daughter of Rhonda and Jon Kleist, Christy Nutt, daughter of Doug and Patty Nutt, Sofia Windmoeller, daughter of Linda and Rich Windmoeller all of Phillips. Naomi Angelo, daughter of Don and Joyce Angelo and Marina Windmoeller, daughter of Linda and Rich Windmoeller will be escorting visiting queens: Jennifer Salva, Miss US Czech Slovak Queen and Brittnay Smisek, MN Queen.
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 Czech Slovak Queen Brittnay Smisek and MN Czech Slovak Princess Corbin Jerde. We promise lots of good entertainment in their talent competition and beautiful kroje. Everyone should enjoy watching the Pageant.