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Miss Tracy's star shines Sunday

Three months of Miss Tracy rehearsals will culminate for 12 Tracy Area High School seniors Sunday night.

The annual Box Car Days pageant begins at 6:30 p.m. on the high school gym stage. Over $8,000 in scholarships will be awarded.

“We’ve got 12 exceptional young women who are fired-up for the show,” said Jesse James, one of the Miss Tracy directors.

The candidates are:

• Morgan Benson, sponsored by CHS Marshall Regional.

• Samantha Gervais, Currie American Legion.

• Morgan Hoffbeck,  Tracy Eagles.

• Cassandra Hook, Tracy Kiwanis.

• Jennifer LaVoy, LaVoy’s Repair.

• Karlie Mayer, Minnwest Insurance.

• Leah Nelson, Tracy Fire Dept.

• Marissa Olson, Swanson Home Specialists.

• Anna Peterson, Daniels-Peterson Construction.

• Kassidy Przymus, Tracy American Legion.

• Jordan Schmidt, Tracy Lions.

• Lillian Thor, Tracy Publishing.

The young woman selected as Miss Tracy 2015 will receive a $1,500 scholarship; first and second runner-ups will be awarded $900 and $700 scholarships respectively.  Additional $300 scholarships will be announced in each of the program’s five categories: Scholastic Achievement & Community Involvement, Creative Arts, Fitness Routine, Presence & Composure, and Panel Evaluation.  Other scholarships include: Alumni ($250 to each candidate), Spirit Award ($285), and Lori Bangesser Memorial ($500).


Talent presentations

The 12 candidates will take part in an opening production number, plus combined Presence and Composure and Fitness routines.   Each contestant will be on stage alone for the creative arts presentations.  Performances will be:

Samantha Gervais, vocal/guitar; Jordan Schmidt, marching band rifle routine; Lillian Thor,  vocal; Morgan Hoffbeck, piano;  Leah Nelson, dance; Jennifer LaVoy, vocal; Karli Mayer, piano;  Kassidy Przymus, dance; Morgan Benson, vocal; Marissa Olson, dance; Cassandra Hook, vocal/piano; Anna Peterson, tumbling.

Miss Tracy 2014 Abby Tauer, and first runner-up Brianna Anderson and second runner-up Morgan Hansen will also participate in the program.


Group effort

As in the past, this year’s program is being staged with large cadre of volunteers.

Program directors are Jesse James, Sandy Fultz, Dona Daniels, Vicki Nilius, Pam Peterson, Darcy Carlson, Mallory Fultz, Kim Roggatz, Stef Scarset, and Ashley Daniels. 

Lori Hebig will be the emcee.

Backroom coordinators are Cindy Rignell, Becky Kankmuhs, and Jamey Johnson.

Production volunteers include Cody Welu, sound; Dallas Reese, stage lighting; Eric Fultz, Kim Daniels, spot lights; Chris Schons, stage decorations; Becky Averill, tickets.

Tickets will be available at the door, where candidate photos will be displayed.  Spectators will be able to vote on a “Miss Photogenic” contest.  

The Sunday night production will be the first time that new stage lights, funded by the Tracy Area Education Foundation, have been used.



Icy challenge – Mayor Tony Peterson was momentarily at a loss for words Wednesday,, after being chilled by the national phenomena known as the “Ice Bucket Challenge.” Peterson was challenged by Tracy pharmacist Maria Schleppenbach Grogan, who lost her dad, John, to ALS in May of 2009. As of Monday, the Ice Bucket Challenge had raised nearly $80 million nationally for the ALS Association, which supports medical research seeking a cure for what’s commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The mayor subsequently challenged Tracy City Council members to take an ice bucket dousing. Peterson also invites people to send donations to the ALS Association, Box 6051, Albert Lea, MN. 56007. Peterson compared the ice-dumping with Prisoner of War training he’d experienced when serving in the Navy.