The 2009 edition of the Miss St. Francis Scholarship Pageant will be reliving some Mo Town favorites at its 45th annual event set for Saturday, April 18th at 7:30 PM at St. Thomas More High School. All seats are reserved, ticket prices are $10 adults and $6.00 for children & through high school students. Tickets may be ordered from any contestant or you may call Dave at 414-483-8353.
The star of the show is Miss St. Francis 2008, Elyse Wojciechowski. Two former Miss St. Francis titleholders will serve as Mistresses of Ceremonies — Celebrating her 20th anniversary as Miss St. Francis 1989, Michele St. Marie-Boelkow and returning to the stage Miss St. Francis 200,5 Michelle Smukowski.
The 2nd Annual Silent Auction fundraiser will again feature the opportunity to bid on the “Miss St. Francis Ambassador Princess” prize package for any young lady 6-12 years old. Princess prizes includes a tiara, banner, visit to the winner’s school by Miss St. Francis 2009, and the opportunity to participate in the St. Francis July 4th and St. Francis Days parades this coming summer. The young lady need not be in attendance to win, so parents and grandparents, bring your check books! Auction proceeds will go towards the Miss St. Francis Scholarship fund and the Children’s Miracle Network.
Miss America has developed a National Platform and has partnered with Children’s Miracle Network – an alliance of children’s hospitals. Children’s Miracle Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and improving the lives of children by raising funds for children’s hospitals across North America. Each Miss St. Francis contestant obtained at least $100 in donations towards the National Platform in order to participate in the this year’s pageant.
Ten contestants are seeking this year’s crown, competing in talent, swimsuit, evening wear, on-stage and private interviews for cash scholarships to the school of their choice. Scholarships will be available for the winner and runner-ups in the amounts of $2,500, $1,500 and $1,000 respectively. All other participants will be eligible for a $300 scholarship. Additional special scholarships will be offered for George P. George Miss Congeniality, Memorial, Robert R. Freimuth Talent, Rob Schneider Interview and most ticket sales and most ad sales awards.
One of these young ladies will be taking a trip to Oshkosh in June 14-20 for the Miss Wisconsin Pageant as Miss St. Francis 2009:
Joanne Gestwicki of Cudahy is a freshman at UW-Whitewater pursuing a degree in Elementary Education. Sponsored by Bay View Railing & Ornaments. Joanne will play “Summertime” on the alto saxophone for her talent presentation. Her platform is “Music in Our Schools” and her parents are Wayne and Jill Gestwicki.
Debbie Hammernik from Oak Creek is a senior at Oak Creek HS and plans to attend University of Minnesota-Twin Cities College of Design to earn a degree in Interior Design/Architecture. For her talent, Debbie will present an original monologue “Breaking Boundaries”. Her platform is “Operation Patriotism”. She is sponsored by National City Bank and her parents are Gerard and Wendy Hammernik.
Ann Hancock from South Milwaukee graduated from South Milwaukee HS and will be returning to UW-Milwaukee this fall. For her talent, Ann will present a violin solo and her platform is “Domestic Violence Awareness”. Her sponsor is St. Francis Days and mother is Kathy Cheek.
Marisa Hernandez from Oak Creek is a senior at Oak Creek HS and plans to attend Carroll University majoring in Elementary Education. For her talent, Marisa will sing “Somewhere Over The Rainbow” Her platform is “One Heart Touching Many”. She is sponsored by Advance Products and her parents are Jose and Julie Hernandez.
Natasha Josilo from St. Francis is attending UW-Milwaukee seeking a bachelor’s degree in Communications. For her talent, Natasha will present a vocal selection “Se tu m’ami”. Her platform is “Giving Back To The Elderly” She is sponsored by Bella Grace Tanning Salon and her parents are Michele and Doug Wozniak
Mary Kappus of Cudahy is attending Milwaukee Area Technical College to obtain an associate degree in nursing and anesthesia technology. Mary’s platform is the “St. Jude’s Research Hospital” and will perform a karate routine for her talent presentation. Her sponsor is and her parents are Steven and Sandra Kappus.
Amanda Latherow from Oak Creek, will graduate from Oak Creek HS and plans to earn a bachelors degree in Clinical Laboratory Science and Biology. For her talent, Amanda will present a gymnastics-tumbling dance routine to “Canataloop (Flip Fantasia)”. Her platform is “Breast Cancer Awareness” and is being sponsored by The Pageant Event. Her parents are John and Pamela Latherow.
Stephanie Obst of St. Francis is a freshman at UW-Milwaukee seeking a degree in Strategic Communications. She will present a tap dance to “Devil With a Blue Dress” for her talent and her platform is “Lend a Hand”. Stephanie is sponsored by PDQ Tooling and her parents are Jeff and Beth Obst.
Tonya Popowski of Cudahy attends Milwaukee Area Technical College for a degree in Human Resource Management. Tonya’s platform is “Diabetes Awareness” and will present a dance-twirl routine to “Let’s Get Loud” for her talent. Her sponsor is Allied Industries and she is the daughter of Bruce Popowski and Jill Schaefer.
Angie Rask of Oak Creek will be graduating from Oak Creek HS and plans to o study to become a Physician’s Assistant. Angie’s platform is “Young People Getting Involved and Making A Difference and her sponsor is St. Francis Dental Center. She will sing “I Don’t Know How To Love Him” for her talent presentation and her parents are Don and Mary Rask.
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