girls compete for title
Miss Ripley County chosen
Wanda English Burnett
Sarah Wenning had great stage presence that took the eye of the
judges at the 2011 Miss Ripley County Pageant held Sunday evening,
July 10 at the Damm Theatre in Osgood. She looked regal in her
shimmering emerald colored gown as she took the 2011 coveted title
of Miss Ripley County.
Wennings parents, Paul and Sandy, joined her on stage immediately
after the pageant. As they congratulated their daughter, they
said this was her first time to be in a pageant. The 19-year-old
said she would describe herself as shy, but told the Osgood
Journal she is looking forward to being with people at the
upcoming 4-H fair. I will enjoy handing out awards,
she said. She said she looks forward to representing her community.
She is a graduate of Jac-Cen-Del High School and will be a sophomore
at the University of Southern Indiana.
The newly crowned queen said she joined the pageant because of
her friend, Kristin Konradi, who also took honors. She was named
Miss Congeniality and first runner-up in the pageant. The two
friends said they will enjoy the festivities at the fair together.
It will be a great week, noted Wenning, who also took
the Formal Wear award with her friend, Kristin, taking the Professional
Wear award. What a night, they agreed.
Fourth runner-up went to Courtney Smith, third runner-up to Meghan
Wanstrath, second runner-up to Jessica Osborne, and the Peoples
Choice Treasure Box award going to Kristen Walston, who brought
in the most money. The Treasure Box project is money the girls
collect to be given to the local food bank. They raised a total
Each girl was asked to answer an unprepared question in front
of the audience. Jessica Osborne pulled her question, which was,
If you had a son or daughter, what lesson would you want
to teach them? Osborne didnt waver when she answered,
I would teach them the most important thing is to have faith
Courtney Smith said her most meaningful achievement was her school
work where she found her love for engineering.
Some of the questions were more personal. When asked what her
biggest disappointment in life has been, Katelyn Huffman, 16,
newcomer to the pageant arena, told the crowd, losing my
grandpa. It made me realize I need to live my life better.
With only a slight emotion, she held steady and looked beautiful
in her white gown adorned with a large teal sash.
One of the contestants, Stephanie Broadus got a surprise as the
girls sang Happy Birthday to her on stage. She told
the crowd she would encourage girls to join the pageant because
it is so much fun.
In her deep purple gown, Meghan Wanstrath told the crowd if she
gave advice on teens who feel they dont like their looks,
she would say theyre not alone.
Mary Beth Hackman, chair of the event, noted that even with 18
contestants, the pageant ran smoothly. They were all great
to work with, she told the Osgood Journal
as the pageant concluded.
The contestants gowns reflected a colorful extravaganza
from deep bold hues to creamy beige and even white. They captured
the audiences attention from the moment they danced their
way onto the stage brandishing swords, bandannas, eye patches,
even a parrot perched on a shoulder, keeping to The Black Pearls
pirates theme of the evening.
The girls were judged on private interviews that took place earlier
that day, the modeling of professional wear and finally the evening
Miss Ripley County 2011, Sarah Wenning, was awarded the Queens
Scholarship of $850. This was compliments of the Versailles Lions
Club, Tri Kappa, Osgood Lions Club, The Friendship State Bank
and Ripley County Pork Producers. She was also given a crown,
sash, plaque, and flowers on stage. She will reign over the 2011
Ripley County 4-H Fair July 17-23 at the fairgrounds park in Osgood.
The pageant was emceed by 2010 Miss Ripley County Julie Hoffrogge
and committee chair Penny Moore. Also, Miss Indiana 2010, Sara
Alford (Wells County) spoke to the crowd and helped with crowning
the new queen.
Hackman said she has a great crew consisting of Becky Harmeyer,
Monica Hansen, Sara Comer, Leasa Nay, Krystal McBride, Amanda
Kunz and Penny Moore.
The Judges Chair was Krystal McBride with the judges being:
Ruthann Meyer, Sydney Pike and Amanda Krall.
The pirates decorations consisted of treasure chests filled
with jewels, pirates hats, swords, etc. A beautiful centerpiece
was the focal point of the stage and was created by the Cottage
Garden in Napoleon. It had Bird of Paradise among tropical greenery
inside a treasure chest ordered specifically for the occasion,
according to Amanda Kunz, committee member.
It takes a lot of people to make the pageant work,
Hackman said. She thanked husbands, who were on hand to help with
decorations, Hunters Photography, the contestants, the parents
in the audience and all who had a part in making it a great evening
WANDA ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTO
Sarah Wenning, left, was crowned 2011 Miss Ripley County
by last year's queen, Julie Hoffrogge, pictured right. The
pageant was held at the Damm Theatre in Osgood with a full
house. Miss Congeniality and first runner-up went to Kristin
Konradi, fourth runner-up went to Courtney Smith, third
runner up to Meghan Wanstrath and second runner-up to Jessica