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Ticonderoga crowns Junior Miss

TICONDEROGA Kathryn Major was named 2008 Ticonderoga Junior Miss Nov. 3. Major was selected at the conclusion of Tis 45th annual Junior Miss program at Ticonderoga High School. The contestants included Major, Amanda Powers, Nadine Mars, Chantelle Bessett, Emily Ezzo, Arielle Vilardo, Miranda Ross and Cassondra Little. To the music of Elvis Presley, the Ticonderoga High School seniors showcased their abilities in the categories of talent, fitness and self-expression. Earlier in the day at Interlakes Health Care Facility, they were judged in an interview by a panel of five judges. The eight contestants were also judged by a separate panel of judges on their scholastics records prior to the evening of the show. The Ticonderoga Junior Miss show was moderated by Mistress of Ceremonies Debra Malaney, executive director of the Ticonderoga Area Chamber of Commerce and herself a former Ticonderoga Junior Miss contestant. The show opened with a medley of Presley favorites, during which the eight contestants introduced themselves and their Little Sisters, a group of local second grade girls. Then the eight contestants returned to the stage at the Ticonderoga High School Auditorium to perform a Fitness routine choreographed by Nicole Kristensen, with assistance from Erin Quackenbush. Next, 2007 Ticonderoga Junior Miss Brianna Backus was introduced and discussed with Malaney her year as Ticonderoga Junior Miss. Individual talent presentations were then performed by each contestant. Finally, all eight contestants reappeared on stage for their self-expression routine, choreographed by Samantha Davis and Tara Diskin. Besides performing as a group, each contestant stepped forward to tell the audience of her plans for further education after high school and each was asked a question to which they responded. As the judges deliberated the Little Sisters, introduced by Dusti Wiktorko, who also choreographed their routine on stage, came back on stage and danced together as a group and with the contestants. Following that, a group of six Ticonderoga High School Junior Class girls modeled for the audience. Judy Davis choreographed and narrated the Junior Models presentation. Before the announcement of a new Junior Miss, Backus was introduced and came on stage to give her farewell speech and assist with the awards ceremony. A total of $6,900 was awarded by the Ticonderoga Junior Miss Scholarship Committee. The Be Your Best Self award, along with a $450 cash scholarship, was won by Ross. The scholastics category was won by Powers, who received a $450 cash scholarship award. The talent category, along with a $500 cash scholarship, was won by Major. The interview category was also won by Major, along with another a $500 cash scholarship. Ezzo was awarded a $400 cash scholarship for fitness and another $400 cash scholarship for self-expression. The Spirit of Junior Miss award, chosen by a vote of the contestants themselves, went to Mars, along with a $450 cash scholarship. The second runner up was Ross, who received a $750 cash scholarship. The first runner up and recipient of a $1,000 cash scholarship was Ezzo. Major was chosen as the 2008 Ticonderoga Junior Miss and received a $2,000 cash scholarship, a dozen red roses and an Americas Junior Miss medallion. Major will compete for the title of New York State Junior Miss at Buffalo State University March 29, 2008. The New York State winner will compete for the title of Americas Junior Miss in Mobile, Ala., in June 2008.

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