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August 8, 2011

Hannan crowned queen

GEORGETOWN — 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:

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