Bushinger crowned Miss Wadena 2021

Kaylin Lupkes and Taliah Brown take first and second princess titles respectively.

Those crowned include First Princess Kaylin Lupkes (left) , Miss Wadena Emma Bushinger and Second Princess Taliah Brown. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

With musical talent and poise to spare, Emma Bushinger was crowned Miss Wadena 2021 in a crowd of exceptional young ladies Sunday, June 27.

Miss Wadena Emma Bushinger waves to the crowd moments after being crowned Sunday, June 27, 2021. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

Five contestants were vying for the honor during the scholarship pageant but Emma earned the high score among visiting judges. Emma is the daughter of Chris and Julie Bushinger. She received the crown, flowers and banner and a $1,000 cash scholarship as well as other services donated to the pageant. Emma was also the recipient of a $150 cash scholarship for both the evening gown and talent winner. Emma wore a shimmering blue dress that reached to the floor. Her talent included singing “Somewhere,” a song by Idina Menzel and Lea Michele. It was a song that showed off Emma’s wide vocal range.


Kaylin Lupkes with her little attendant Nevaeh Mench at the 2021 Miss Wadena Pageant. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

The 2021 First Princess is Kaylin Lupkes, the daughter of Tammy and Kevin Lupkes. Besides the crown, banner and flowers she received a $500 cash scholarship and $150 cash scholarship in interview and a $50 ambassador award. Kaylin also sang for her talent to the song “Hollow” by Tori Kelly.

The Second Princess 2021 is Taliah Brown, daughter of Lindsey Brown and Rachael and BJ Spear. She received a $250 cash scholarship, crown, banner and flowers. Taliah showed off her dancing skills to the song “Friend Like Me.”

Taliah Brown performs a dance to "Friend Like Me" as her talent at the 2021 Miss Wadena Pageant. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

The People’s Choice Award for casual wear went to Sara Goetze and she also received a $50 cash scholarship for Miss Congeniality. Sara is the daughter of Jane and David Goetze.

Awaiting the crowning moment are Miss Wadena 2021 contestants Grace Gallant (from left), Sara Goetze, Kaylin Lupkes, Taliah Brown and Emma Bushinger. Bushinger ended up earning Miss Wadena, while Kaylin Lupkes took first princess and Taliah Brown took second princess. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal


Added this year was the “be joyful’” essay scholarship which was a $600 cash scholarship and was won by Grace Gallant, the daughter of Norm and Mandy Gallant.

All other contestants each received a $100 cash scholarship.

Karlee Sweere (left) and Miss Wadena 2019, Courtny Warren pose during the opening of the 2021 Miss Wadena Pageant. Michael Johnson/Pioneer Journal

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