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Tollefson crowned Miss Wadena 2014

Miss Wadena 2013 Macy Hartman crowns her successor, Miss Wadena 2014 Alex Tollefson at annual scholarship pageant Saturday night in Memorial Auditorium. Tollefson, a 2014 Wadena-Deer Creek graduate, served as First Princess during the past year.1 / 5
The 10 contestant for Miss Wadena and their little attendants, kick off this year's "Swing!" themed pageant with a dance.2 / 5
Alex Tollefson, an aspiring English teacher, accessorized her casual wear outfit with a book.3 / 5
The pageant judges watch attentively as Elise Kallevig performs Claude Debussy's "Clair de lune" on piano during the talent competition.4 / 5
Miss Wadena 2014 contestant Miranda Miller sings "Human" by Christina Perri during the talent competition.5 / 5

After wowing the crowd and judges with a powerful spoken word poem during the talent competition, Alex Tollefson was crowned Miss Wadena 2014 at a “Swing!” themed pageant Saturday in Memorial Auditorium.

The 2014 Wadena-Deer Creek graduate, who plans to become an English teacher, earned a $1,000 college scholarship. Tollefson served as First Princess throughout the past year.
Ella Rosemary Harrison, last year’s Second Princess, was named this year’s First Princess and will receive a $500 scholarship. Kristyn Ament, a WDC senior, was named Second Princess and will receive a $250 scholarship.

Tollefson’s little attendant was Autumn Nelson, Harrison’s little attendant was Kennedy Ness and Ament’s little attendant was Bethany Collins.

The rest of the royal court included Alyssa Gilster (little attendant Charli Snyder), Kendra Curtis (Corabeth Curtis), Elise Kallevig (Elizabeth Kallevig), Beverly Fank (Kaylee Endres), Autumn Jahnke (Vanessa Haataja), Miranda Miller (Macy Wynn) and Brandee Bly (Anna Fiemeyer).

Tollefson was named winner of the talent competition for her performance of “To This Day,” a poem by Shane Koyczan that explores the impact of bullying.

Contestants picked Brandee Bly as Miss Congeniality, while judges selected Kristyn Ament as the winner of the evening gown competition.

Tollefson and Harrison tied for best interview.

During the pageant, Miss Wadena 2014 Macy Hartman reminisced about her yearlong reign and thanked her friends, family, pageant organizers and the community for their support.

“I’m so grateful to have been given this opportunity, and I know that words aren’t nearly enough of a thank you as to what you’ve all given me, but thank you for allowing me this chance to represent this inspiring and caring community,” Hartman said in a farewell video as she played “Sunrise” by Doug Hammer on the piano.