With the threat of severe weather looming on the horizon, the Georgetown Fair queen pageant stage stayed clear for Alexandria Hannan of Westville to claim the 2011 crown.
Hannan, 20, a senior sociology student at Eastern Illinois University competed against 23 other young women Monday night. It was her third try for the title and she said she felt the most prepared going into the contest this time around.
“I am very happy to be in this position,” Hannan said. “I was shocked to be called, but I’m ecstatic.”
Hannan said the day of competition was a calm one for her, with more nerves coming with the on-stage portion compared with the interview part, which takes place earlier in the day. She said she struggled with interview in past pageants and prepared intensely in advance, going so far as to practice her interview skills with state Rep. Chad Hays.
The extra effort worked.
“I’m so excited,” Ruthie Hannan, Alexandria’s mother said. “She’s worked very hard for three years and never gave up trying.”
Her dad, Mike Hannan, said that Alexandria’s new crown is a testament that perseverance does pay off.
“I’m still not sure this is real,” Ruthie Hannan said.
Hannan attended Westville High School and was involved in basketball, softball and student council. She was vice president of her class all four years of high school.
She works summers as a recreational umpire at Zamberletti Park in Westville and also is an employee at Harrison Park Golf Course.
Once graduating from EIU, she plans to attend law school and hopes to own her own law firm one day.
Looking forward to the coming year, Hannan has her eyes focused on the coming week, spending time with her new Georgetown Fair family and her court.
Her fair court includes:
- First runner-up Hunter Marsh of Fairmount.
- Second runner-up Sabrina Park of Danville.
- Third runner-up Ashley Wahlfeldt of Fithian.
- Fourth runner-up Kelsey Lomax of Danville.
Other award winners are as follows:
- Miss Photogenic — Molly Smythe of Danville.
- Miss Congeniality — Kaylee Nesbitt of Ridge Farm.
- Directors Award — Kristina Pelstynski of Georgetown.
- Best of Interview — Kathryn Patton of Sidell.
- Best of Speech — Mackenzie Shafer of Catlin.
- Best of Evening Gown — Britny Hoag of Fairmount.
- Best of Beauty and Physique — Kelsey Carlton of Sidell.
- Vote for Your Favorite Queen Award — Haley Williams of Danville.
- Families Are Forever Scholarship — Sharhea Brown of Alvin.
- Danville Jaycees Legacy Scholarship — Hannan.
- Leap Into Your Community Scholarship — Carlton.
Also announced at the beginning of the Georgetown Fair Queen pageant were the Outstanding Young Citizen Award winners. Two $500 scholarships were awarded to one boy and girl, which were sponsored by the Dornblazer Post 203 and Dornblazer Post 203 Auxiliary.
The boy award went to Matthew LeCleir of Bismarck-Henning High School. He is the son of Steve and Edina LeCleir. The girl award went to Shelby Boose of Georgetown-Ridge Farm High School. She is the daughter of Jay and Nancy Boose.
The Little Mr. and Miss Georgetown were also announced during the pageant, which is a program sponsored by the Georgetown Ladies Community Club. The 2011 Little Mr. Georgetown is Ian Lawlyes, 5, of Westville, son of Eric and Angie Lawlyes. The 2011 Little Miss Georgetown is Lillian Bouton, 8, of Ridge Farm, daughter of David and Dawna Bouton.
Little Mr. first runner-up was Jacob Spray, 8, son of Wayne and Amy Foehrer of Ridge Farm and Mike Spray of Ridge Farm. Little Miss first runner-up was Evangelina Ford, 5, daughter of Matthew and Alicia Ford of Georgetown.