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The Miss Wadena Scholarship Pageant will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 25 at the Memorial Auditorium. Five contestants will compete for the title. Kaitlin Ditsworth recently signed up when one of the original five decided not to run.

The pageant will award several scholarships and determine which of the contestants will represent Wadena over this next year.

Miss Wadena 2002, Jessica 'Kingsley' Heisel, will be a special guest speaker at the pageant.

Tickets can be purchased at Thrifty White, First National Bank or from any one of the contestants. The contestant who sells the most tickets will receive an Ambassador Award.

Contestant 1

Name: Avery Rochelle Jackson

Little Attendant: Madelyn Gallant

Sponsor: Pizza Ranch

Talent: Vocal solo - "One Moment in Time" by Whitney Houston

Parents: Jay and Junelle Jackson

Brother: Aaron Jackson

Year of Graduation: 2012

Plans after Graduation: I plan to attend the University of Minnesota - Crookston. I will be majoring in Elementary Education and playing basketball for the Golden Eagles.

Hobbies or Interests: Basketball, volleyball, softball, swimming, spending time with friends and family

Contestant 2

Name: Haley Dawn Anderson

Little Attendant: Maggie Hegarty

Sponsors: Thrifty White Drug and Horizon Restoration

Talent: Piano - original composition "April Storm"

Parents: Thomas and Sherry Anderson

Brothers: Riley, Tanner, Taylor

Year of Graduation: 2011

Plans after Graduation: Attend Concordia College in the fall and major in marketing, minor in music

Hobbies or Interests: Sing, play piano, dance, tennis, mudding, wakeboarding, tubing, swimming, traveling, being at the lake, hanging out with friends and family, playing cards

Contestant 3

Name: Brittney Noon

Little Attendant: Courtney Finn

Sponsor: Now and Forever Wedding Gallery, owner Dorothy Beyer

Talent: Playing guitar and singing - "Free To Be Me" by Francesca Battistelli

Parents: Ron and Gretchen Noon

Brother: Ben

Year of Graduation: 2012

Plans after Graduation: Attend a four-year college and play volleyball

Hobbies or Interests: Playing volleyball and guitar, going to the lake, hanging out with friends, listening to music and tubing down the river

Contestant 4

Name: Sonja Kern

Little Attendant: Katrina Moench

Sponsors: Remember When Photos by Becky Berndt and Pet Freaks

Talent: Singing/Dancing - "The Time Mix" by Black Eyed Peas

Parents: Joe and Linda Kern

Sisters: Abby Faldet, Becky Berndt and Sarah Kern

Year of Graduation: 2011

Plans after Graduation: Heartland Master's Commission for one or two years, then transfer to North Central University

Hobbies or Interests: Singing, riding horse, spending time with family and friends, interested in being a worship leader, love being involved in the Church

Contestant 5

Name: Kaitlin Ditsworth

Little Attendant: Madison Carsten

Sponsor: Abby's Bakery

Talent: Playing the piano - "Angels Among Us" by Dan Coates

Parents: Dan and Kim Ditsworth

Brother and sister: Josh and Kelsey Ditsworth

Year of Graduation: 2012

Plans after Graduation: Go on to college for sonography or radiology technician

Hobbies or interests: Playing volleyball, basketball, softball, playing piano, spending time with friends and family, being outdoors and