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Paynesville Press - June 11, 2003

Miss Paynesville for 2003 to be crowned on Monday, June 16

By Michael Jacobson

Nine teenagers will vie for the title of Miss Paynesville on Monday, June 16. The pageant will be held in the auditorium at Paynesville Area High School at 7 p.m. Admission is $6.

Miss Paynesville and her two princesses will be crowned by the outgoing royalty Miss Paynesville Morgan Martinson, First Princess Mindy Meagher, and Second Princess Laura Stoneburner and will reign over Paynesville during Town and Country Days (June 14-18).

Gretchen Fenske
Gretchen Fenske Gretchen Fenske, the 16-year-old daughter of Todd and Sandra Fenske, is a pageant veteran, having participated in the Miss Pre-Teen Pageant for an academic program. She is a football and wrestling cheerleader at Paynesville Area High School and also is a peer helper.

She likes to volunteer at Head Start and at Washburne Court. In her free time, she likes to shop, swim, and be with friends and family, including three siblings. She works at Ben Franklin and at the Paynesville Dairy Queen, which is her pageant sponsor.

For her talent, Gretchen will sing. Gretchen will be a senior next fall at PAHS.





Heather Fuchs
Heather Fuchs Heather Fuchs is no stranger to the Paynesville Area Chamber of Commerce, the sponsoring organization for the Miss Paynesville Pageant and Town and Country Days. Heather, the 17-year-old daughter of Steve and Cindy Fuchs, served as the student representative on the Chamber board in 2003.

Heather will be a senior at PAHS next fall. At school, she has been a cheerleader for football and wrestling, serving as the team captain and earning awards for most outstanding spirit. She also plays golf, serves on the student council and the youth advisory board to the school board, and is a peer helper, peer tutor, and D.A.R.E. role model. She was inducted this spring to the National Honor Society.

Away from school, Heather likes to read, golf, hang out with friends, and spend time with her family, including her two brothers. She works at Corner Drug, which is her pageant sponsor. For her talent, she will play the xylophone.



Kayla Hemingson
Kayla Hemingson Kayla Hemingson, the 17-year-old daughter of Joy Hemingson and Neil Hemingson, already represents Paynesville as the girl stater for the Paynesville American Legion Auxiliary. She was runner-up for girls nation. Kayla graduated from PAHS this June and plans to attend the University of Wisconsin-Stout next fall. At PAHS, she was a peer tutor, peer helper, belonged to the German Club, and served on the student council, on the yearbook staff, and on the Bark staff.

In her free time, she likes movies and music, she likes to dance, to supercross, and to shop, and she likes to spend time with her friends and family, including her three brothers. She also volunteers in target market, as a big sister, in Partners in Prevention, and in Relay for Life.

Kayla works at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds. Her pageant sponsor is Jacklitch Chiropractic, and she will perform a skit for her talent.



Jessica Paul
Jessica Paul Since she mostly sings only in the shower, Jessica Paul will play a flute solo for her talent at the pageant. Band is just one of many school activities for Jessica, the 17-year-old daughter of Rick and Jill Paul.

At PAHS, where she will be a senior next fall, Jessica plays in the concert band and the pep band, she is a peer helper and peer tutor, she serves on the student council, is a member of the German Club, and plays volleyball, basketball, and track and field.

Away from school, she is a big sister at Paynesville Lutheran Church, and she likes to participate in sports, cheer on PAHS sports teams (especially hockey and baseball), swim and tube, and spend time with friends and family, including her two siblings.

She works at Wishin' Well Cafe and Floral. Her pageant sponsor is H.F. Paul and Associates.



Amy Roberg
Amy Roberg When she isn't soaking up rays at her grandparent's house, Amy Roberg can be found being active at school, in 4-H, and at her church. Amy, the 17-year-old daughter of Gary and Fern Roberg, is a Vacation Bible School helper, belongs to youth group, and has gone on a mission trip to Mexico at the Paynesville Evangelical Free Church and has held numerous offices, including president, of the Koronis Eager Beavers 4-H Club.

At PAHS, where she will be a senior in the fall, Amy plays volleyball, plays in the band, and is a peer tutor and peer helper. She also is an alternate for girls state and was inducted into the National Honor Society this spring.

In her free time, she likes to rollerblade, shop, scrapbook, hang out with friends, and spend time with her family. She is the youngest of five siblings.

Amy works at Ark Agency, which is her pageant sponsor. She will play a saxophone solo for her talent.



Kayla Rooney
Kayla Rooney Having competed three years in choral contests, Kayla Rooney, the 17-year-old daughter of Richard and Kathy Rooney, will be singing for her talent in the Miss Paynesville pageant. Kayla not only sang in the choir at PAHS, she was a choir officer as well.

Kayla, who will be a senior next fall at PAHS, is also a peer helper and belongs to the Business Professionals of America at PAHS. At St. Louis Catholic Church, she is a first grade religion teac

Kayla has helped with the youth softball program and likes to work, help out at home, rollerblade, babysit, play guitar, and spend time with friends and family. She has one sister.

She works at Wishin' Well Cafe and Floral, which is also her pageant sponsor.




Rachel Sogge
Rachel Sogge Rachel Sogge, the 18-year-old daughter of James and Kathleen Sogge, is extremely active at school and at church, where she is a Bible study leader, helps with youth group and in the nursery, is an abstinence speaker, and has gone on mission trips to Iceland, Denmark, and Mexico.

Rachel graduated in June from PAHS and plans to attend Bethel College in the fall.

At PAHS, she was the student council secretary, the yearbook editor, and worked on the school paper. She played basketball and in the band and belonged to Business Professionals of America, where she took sixth place in state competition.

Her hobbies include shopping, rollerblading, boating, scrapbooking, reading, eating, and hanging out with friends and family, including her two brothers.

Rachel works at Corner Floral. Her pageant sponsor is Jim Sogge Construction. She will perform a human video as her talent.



Jessica Virant
Jessica Virant Jessica Virant, the 16-year-old daughter of Bill and Jeanne Virant, likes to be spontaneous, so it's no wonder that her school activities range from playing sports (volleyball) and captaining the danceline to playing in the band and acting in the school play this spring. Jessica was accepted into the National Honor Society this spring, and she will be a senior at PAHS next fall.

At church, she is a member of her youth group and plays flute, and she plans to serve in Cairo, Ill., this summer.

In her free time, she likes to boat, wakeboard, swim, scrapbook, dance, play volleyball, style hair, spend time with friends, her family, and her only brother, and, of course, to be spontaneous.

She works at the Lake Koronis Assembly Grounds, which is her pageant sponsor. She will play the piano and sing for her talent.



Kayla Welle
Kayla Welle Kayla Welle, the 16-year-old daughter of Dale and Rose Welle, likes the excitement of cheering at wrestling matches and the solitude of fishing.

Kayla, who will be a senior at PAHS next fall, has been a wrestling cheerleader and still likes to watch wrestling and cheer from the stands. At school, she also belongs to the student council, serves on the youth advisory board to the school board, and is a peer tutor. She was inducted into the National Honor Society this spring.

Away from school, Kayla is a religion teacher, volunteers at a nursing home, and serves as a Vacation Bible School teacher. She also likes to scrapbook and to be with family. She has three older brothers, all wrestlers, of course.

She works at Harmony Massage. Her pageant sponsor is Dombrovski Insurance. For her talent, she will perform a piano solo.




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