Ziebach County Snow Queen and Talent Show
by Patty Peacock
Glowing smiles and glittering holiday decor welcomed the audience as the lovely candidates sparkled. Anna Stambach was crowned the 2012 Sr. Snow Queen, and Kenzie Hill was crowned the 2012 Jr. Snow Queen.
Emcee Ashley Higdon, the 2010 Sr. Snow Queen and older sister of 2011 Jr. Snow Queen Hannah Rose Higdon, welcomed guests, shared info about the candidates, and later with her little sister ‘entertained the crowd’ with their own wit, wisdom, and song as the judges finished making their decisions.
Returning royalty present, 2011 Sr. Snow Queen Shelby Simon and Jr. Snow Queen Hannah Rose Higdon each took a ‘walk’ for the audience and crowned the 2012 royalty, as did the young 2011 royalty, Princess Rae Lynn Vines and Prince Adam Claymore.
Cetan Dyda, an eighth grader at Dupree School, was a busy young man as he escorted the lovely candidates in their glistening formal wear. At the end of the evening, after enjoying a catered meal with the judges, lessons on etiquette, a day full of practice (all in heels) and enjoying the outstanding talent competition that was held in conjunction with the snow queen contest, the royal court included Sr. Snow Queen Anna Stambach and 1st Runner-up Penny Phillips with Jr. Snow Queen Kenzie Hill and 1st Runner-up Mikaelyn Lemke. Mikaelyn Lemke was also selected for the title of ‘Most Improved’ and Penny Phillips was voted by her peers for ‘Miss Congeniality.’ These beautiful ladies were joined by those ‘lucky snowflake’ recipients first graders Princess Taylee Stambach and Prince Bobbie Brewer.
The talent contest included singing pieces and dance performances from students ranging in age from only five to a senior in high school. Singing for the audience were Anna Stambach, Kenzie Hill, Krystal Worster, Kelci Bends, Angel White Mountain, Charley Etzkorn, and Shanity White Mountain. Dancing in fun outfits were Mariah Jensen in the junior division and Tayzia Claymore-Knight in the senior division. After much deliberation, first place in the senior division went to Krystal Worster for singing ‘American Honey.’ In the Jr. talent division, first place was presented to Kelci Bends for her performance of ‘Soul Sister.’
Snow Queen Coordinator, Mrs. Kim Jensen, did an outstanding job, with the help of some wonderful people and very supportive sponsors making donations, at putting on the annual Ziebach County Snow Queen contest. She offered special appreciation to the following people: Deanne Keegan, Angela Ostrander, Darlene King and Deloris Haibeck (for donating the quilt that was raffled off to raise money for Snow Queen), Cheral Dekle, Patty Peacock, and the Dupree School.