The Golden Anniversary of the Miss Shamrock pageant produced an exceptional winner on St. Paddy's Day eve. After an afternoon and evening of interviews and on-stage performances, an 18-year old Emmetsburg High School Senior was crowned to reign as Miss Shamrock 2012 Friday night.
Paige Naig, the daughter of Jeff and Tammy Naig of Emmetsburg, was named Miss Shamrock before a large, appreciative crowd at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium to conclude the annual Miss Shamrock Pageant.
A field of seven young women took part in the program, which featured personal interviews with a panel of three judges, as well as talent competition, casual wear competition, formal wear competition and an on-stage question. After the scores were tabulated, Master of Ceremonies Kevin Tlam announced the winners, starting with the Miss Congeniality Award, which is presented annually by the family of Dick and Pat Higgins. The contestants select the friendliest, most helpful member of their group to receive the honor, which was presented to Amber Schmidt of West Bend.
Paige Naig, center, was crowned Miss Shamrock 2012 Friday night. Sarah Mader, left, was named the Second Runner-up and Amber Schmidt, right, was named the First Runner-up and Miss Congeniality at the Golden Anniversary Pageant. A field of seven contestants competed for the Miss Shamrock title at the Emmetsburg High School Auditorium Friday, March 16. Please turn to Page 11 of this issue of The Reporter for more on the Miss Shamrock Pageant. --Dan Voigt photo
Tlam then announced the Second Runner-up, naming Sarah Mader of Mallard to the honor before announcing the name of Amber Schmidt as the First Runner Up. Miss Shamrock 2011, Chelsey Rouse then took the crown and placed it on the head of Naig as Tlam made the final announcement.
Naig accompanied herself on the piano as she sang "Blessings" in the talent competition during the program.
Amber Schmidt, an 18-year old senior at West Bend-Mallard High School, performed a jazz dance to a mix of the song "FAME" by Michael and Leslie Gore in her talent selection on Friday. First Runner-up Amber is the daughter of Frank and Dawn Schmidt of West Bend.
"I've always dreamed of being Miss Shamrock. This is such an honor to represent Emmetsburg."
Miss Shamrock 2012
Sarah Mader, a 17-year old junior at West Bend-Mallard High School, performed a jazz dance solo to "Show Me How You Burlesque", as performed by Christina Aguilera, during the talent competition to earn the Second Runner-up honors. She is the daughter of Ron and Mary Mader of Mallard.
Leah Phillips is an 18-year old senior attending Pocahontas Area/Pomeroy-Palmer High School. The daughter of Mark and Krystal Phillips of Pocahontas, Leah performed a jazz dance to "Don't Rain On My Parade" from "Glee" in the evening's talent competition.
Also competing on Friday was Callie Herke, the 17-year old daughter of Doug and Mary Herke of Emmetsburg. A senior at Graettinger-Terril High School, Callie performed a hip-hop dance to "Get On The Floor" by Jennifer Lopez for a talent selection. Marie Orsinger, the 18-year old daughter of David and Ann Orsinger, is a senior at Southeast Polk High School. For her talent presentation, Marie performed a lyrical dance to "Gravity" by Lucy Schwartz. Amber Ellis, the 16-year old daughter of Lance and Cyndi Ellis of Spencer is a junior at Spencer High School. Amber accompanied herself on piano as she sang "Breathe" by Anna Nalick in the talent competition.
A special performance was given by Jessica Pray, Miss Iowa 2012, as she sang "Somewhere Over The Rainbow," as well as relating her experience in the Top 10 of the Miss America pageant and about her platform and year's reign as Miss Iowa.
In a little twist, Tlam brought Irish Dignitary, Maurice Cummins and his wife Anne on stage, and asked the dignitary a set of questions written by the seven contestants. Cummins' answer to a question about the differences in Ireland and Emmetsburg's weather drew loud applause when Cummins replied it was sunny and 80 every day in Ireland, just like in Emmetsburg.
A group of clog dancers from Lecole` La Danse studio of Estherville presented a spirited Clog Dance as special entertainment. Members of the group included Bridget Finley, Katie Hoffman, Cheyenne Dallman, Caitlin Dallman, Domanique Rich-ardson, Makayla Howard and Casey Henning.
Before the final announcement of the new Miss Shamrock, Chelsey Rouse took to the stage a final time as Miss Shamrock 2011 to sing for the crowd before surrendering her title.
The job of selecting Miss Shamrock fell to a trio of women familiar with the Miss Shamrock program and the Miss Iowa program. Traci (Nelson) Holm, Miss Shamrock 1995 and Laura Fog, Miss Shamrock 2003 and Lynn King of Carroll rounded out the panel, which was assisted by Laurie Schneider, who served as auditor. Assisting on stage as escorts were Andrew Garrelts, son of Gary and Rita Garrelts; Jake Hutchinson, son of Ron and Kim Hutchinson, Parimal Patel, son of Minesh and Dharmista Patel and Tyler Drost, son of Doug and Margaret Drost.