Miss Pine River royalty are ‘Out of this World’ – Pine and Lakes Echo Journal

PINE RIVER — With the theme “Out of this World 2022,” seven Pine River-Backus High School students danced, modeled business casual wear and evening gowns, and shared their talents Saturday, April 9, in the school gym for the 43rd annual Miss Pine River Scholarship Pageant.

Ashlee Crawford, a Pine River-Backus High School junior, walks across the stage after being crowned Miss Pine River at the pageant Saturday, April 9, 2022, at the high school gym.

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Ashlee Crawford, a PR-B junior, will reign as Miss Pine River for the next year, winning a $2,000 scholarship.

Hannah Barchus, also a PR-B junior, will serve as First Princess along with Shailyn Butricks, a PR-B senior, as Second Princess. Barchus receives a $750 scholarship and Butricks a $500 scholarship.

The seven contestants chose PR-B junior Joselin Sexton as Miss Congeniality. She receives $100.


From left, Miss Pine River royalty crowned Saturday, April 9, in the Pine River-Backus High School gym includes Hannah Barchus, First Princess; Ashlee Crawford, Miss Pine River; Shailyn Butricks, Second Princess; and Joselin Sexton, Miss Congeniality.

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Other candidates were PR-B juniors Leah Crannell, Kiera Scovel and Debren Popkes.

Crawford also won the inaugural Mody Gardiner Memorial Scholarship of $500 in an essay contest where participants wrote about why Pine River is special. Gardiner, an active community member, died in October, just days short of her 100th birthday.


From left are Miss Pine River candidates Kiera Scovel, Debren Popkes, Leah Crannell, First Princess Hannah Barchus, Miss Pine River Ashlee Crawford, Second Princess Shailyn Butricks, Miss Congeniality Joselin Sexton, committee members Jacki Kline, Gretchen Koering and Renee Stranne, and master of ceremonies Jay Cline.

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“I feel honored. Today was a great experience,” Crawford said after winning her crown and smiling for many photos. “The girls were amazing and they all deserved crowns.”

The pageant was a fun experience with all the participants, and Crawford felt sad that not everyone could win.

During the day April 9, contestants had personal interviews with the three judges – Tess Taylor Chase, Dale Grove and Abby Rogge. Contestants opened the pageant with a dance number before modeling business casual wear, performing their talents and modeling evening gowns.


Miss Pine River 2021 Chloe Andrus takes a final walk before crowning a new Miss Pine River on Saturday, April 9, 2022, in the Pine River-Backus High School gym.

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For their talents, Crawford and Butricks both sang; Barchus and Popkes both played the flute; Sexton read two poems; Scovel danced; and Crannell played the saxophone.

The 2021 royalty participated in the pageant and shared their experiences of the past year. They included 2021 Miss Pine River Chloe Andrus, First Princess and Miss Congeniality Tiara Crannell, and Second Princess Mara Adams.

Jay Cline was master of ceremonies. PR-B students Irvin Tulenchik and Jared Hamilton were escorts.

Visiting royalty from area communities took the stage and introduced themselves.

During the next year, Miss Pine River and her court will attend chamber events, help with summer duck races and participate in the area and regional parades and pageants. They will represent the chamber to the public and help promote the chamber and community.

Nancy Vogt, editor, may be reached at 218-855-5877 or nancy.vogt@pineandlakes.com. Follow her on Facebook and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/@PEJ_Nancy.


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