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Photo by Rachelle Klemme Halley Maas, center, is crowned Miss Wadena 2012 by Haley Anderson (hidden) during the June 23 pageant at Memorial Auditorium. Candidates Amy Fillhouer and Lacena Brown stand at left and right.

Maas crowned Miss Wadena 2012

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Wadena-Deer Creek incoming senior Halley Maas won the title of Miss Wadena 2012 in a close June 23 contest.

"It felt great. It was very overwhelming, but it was really a rewarding experience," Maas said.

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Maas added that her family, friends and sponsors were a great help, and the pageant committee gave good advice.

Maas also said this was her first pageant, but she always wanted to be in one. She looks forward to the community and volunteer opportunities, which are part of the Miss Wadena duties throughout the upcoming year.

Additionally, Maas is an intern at Tri-County Health Care in Wadena, and plans to go to college for pre-med.

Her relatives attended the pageant, including her brother, who is six years older.

"She's always been the little girl of the house," Zach Maas said. "It was just a little thrill seeing her being Miss Wadena."

Previous to the crowning of Miss Wadena, returning contestant and WDC grad Avery Jackson retained the title of First Princess.

Incoming senior Macy Hartman won the title of Second Princess, and was crowned by last year's Second Princess Sonja Kern.

Additionally, category winners chosen by judges and announced at the pageant were Avery Jackson for the interview and evening gown categories, and Macy Hartman for the talent portion.

Hartman also won Miss Congeniality, an honor voted amongst the contestants themselves.

Also, Jackson won the Ambassador Award for selling 94 tickets, the most of all the contestants.

The pageant is a scholarship competition, and the awards are $1,000 for Miss Wadena, $500 for First Princess, $250 for Second Princess, $150 for the talent award, $150 for the interview award, $50 for the evening gown award, $50 for the Ambassador Award and $50 for Miss Congeniality.

Other contestants receive $100 scholarships.

Organizer Bonnie Kingsley said Miss Wadena, and often the two princesses, are involved in events like "Wings and Wheels", and "MS Tram" as well as Chamber of Commerce events like "Christmas Festival", carriage rides, the Community Thanksgiving Dinner and a variety of other community functions.

"I am completely happy with the outcome. I think the pageant went well. I think all the girls worked very hard, and I trust in the judges' decision," Kingsley said.

Kingsley added that there was some confusion about Maas winning the top title, but not individual categories during the pageant. She also said some categories actually had tied scores, and it was up to the judges' discretion to break the ties.

Weighted categories that count for the title are interview (35 percent), talent (30 percent), evening gown (15 percent), casual wear (10 percent) and on-stage question (10 percent).

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