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2011 Illinois Galaxy Pageant

2011 Illinois Galaxy Pageants
2011 Illinois Galaxy Pageants – Titleholders and Director

Ottawa, IL – A standing room only audience gathered for this year’s Illinois Galaxy Pageant. Under the new direction of past Ms. Galaxy International Stephanie Piller, the pageant has moved to Ottawa, IL at the Bridal elegance facility. A wonderful runway set up instead of a stage was the setting and excitement crackled in the air.

Taylor Parks, Miss Galaxy International 2011, was the master of ceremonies for the evening’s festivities. I was lucky enough to be invited to view the festivities and even recorded a few interviews during the afternoon. I was seated with Laura “Spicey” Buhmann, Miss U.S. Continental 2010. During the evening, we said goodbye to outgoing titleholders, Abbie Luther and Torrie Roberts. They also had a moment of reunion of past Illinois Galaxy titleholders that went on to achieve the International title: Stephanie Piller, Laura Buhmann, Jo-El Lacy, and Abbie Luther.

April Strong, long time member of the Illinois Galaxy team, came on stage to sing “Somewhere Under the Rainbow” to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience. The pageant ran briskly and efficiently throughout the evening. Backstage, those young ladies must have really been hustling to keep up throughout the evening.

For Teen, we had Despina Ades, Lizzie Presley, Kayce Patton and Montana Simmons competing. In Miss, we had Sylvia Leszanczuk, Brittany Whitaker, Zena Malak, Carissa Schumaker, Hailee Pecoraro, and Saryna Ritter were up for the crown. For Mrs., Sandra Marsteller and Lisa Simmons took the stage. The judges were stuck trying to figure out who should go home with the crown.

Scherrie Davis was crowned as Ms. Illinois Galaxy. Scherrie was selected without other competitors. Miss Congeniality was selected as Saryna Ritter by her co-competitors.

In the Mrs. Division, the new Mrs. Illinois Galaxy is Lisa Simmons.

In the Teen Division, the new Miss Teen Illinois Galaxy is Despina Ades.

In the Miss Division…

the first runner up is Sylvia Leszanczuk.
The new Miss Illinois Galaxy is Zena Malak.

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Becky Willard, Miss Americas Touch of Class 2008
Becky Willard, Miss America's Touch of Class 2008

Becky Willard, Miss America’s Touch of Class2008

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This week’s show:

1.Introduction by Paula Powell

2.Opening Comments
Contest drawing coming soon
PageantCast Poll: What’s the best Mrs. pageant?

3.PROMO: Mevio Radio

4.Interview with Becky Willard, Miss America’s Touch of Class 2008
Photo Gallery
Websites:
http://www.americastouchofclass.com/

5.PROMO: Savvy Magazine

6.PageantCast Contest: Drawing for a Pageant Planner!
Remember for a 10% discount, use promo code PGTPL at http://www.pageantplanner.com/

7.Miranda Weber ID

8.PODSAFE MUSIC: Forget To Remember by Second Dan

9.ON THE ROAD! MC’ing for Wisconsin Galaxy Pageant on March 8 and Illinois Galaxy Pageant on March 21

10.PROMO: BestPageantInterviews.com

11.Call us at 414-517-4908!

12.Lauren Wanger ID

13.PageantCast Tattler

14.Closing
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Nicholette Pence, Mrs. Global US
Nicholette Pence, Mrs. Global US

Nicholette Pence, Mrs. Global US

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This week’s show:

1.Introduction by Lauren Wanger, Ms. United States 2007 and star of the Bachelor

2.Opening Comments
North Carolina International Pageants live show last week
Upcoming Interviews
Wisconsin Galaxy Pageants (results here)

3.Interview with Nicholette Pence, Mrs. Global US
Photo Gallery
Websites:
http://www.georgiainternationalpageant.com/
http://www.misssouthernstatesglobalamerica.com/
http://www.globaluspageant.com/ReigningQueens.html
http://www.brittanysbeauties.com/
http://www.missgeorgiaspirit.webs.com/
http://www.supermodelsunlimited.com/

4.ON THE ROAD! MC’ing for Wisconsin Galaxy Pageant on March 8 and Illinois Galaxy Pageant on March 21

5.Hannah Mollerick ID

6.FUN ON THE PHONE with Jenna Edwards, former Miss Florida USA & Miss Florida America and founder of Queen for a Day
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7.PageantCast Contest: Drawing for a Pageant Planner!
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8.PROMO: Pageant Talk Radio with Valerie Hayes

9.Pageants on Television!

10.Roseanne Frasier ID

11.FUN ON THE PHONE with Dana Shriver, director of Mrs. North Carolina United States
Country Singer Jimmy Charles will perform! (http://www.myspace.com/jimmycharleslive)
Tickets and applications available at Mrs. North Carolina United States

12.Musical Selection (played by artist consent): When the Hero Dies by Jimmy Charles

13.Interview with Nicholette Pence, Mrs. Global US

14.PageantCast Tattler

15.PROMO: Voice lessons with Karmyn Tyler – studio.karmyntyler.com
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16.Closing

 

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Laura Buhmann coming to the PageantCast!

Laura Buhmann and Tim Kretschmann
Laura Buhmann and Tim Kretschmann

Yesterday, Laura Buhmann, Ms. Galaxy International 2009, came to the TKPN Studios to record an interview that we’ll play tomorrow on the PageantCast.

Laura is a good friend of the show and we always love having her over for a recording session. This was a special session because we also recorded her farewell speech for the upcoming Illinois Galaxy Pageant because she started this season as Ms. Illinois Galaxy.

Her biography is now up on the Galaxy Pageant website:

Laura Buhmann, Ms. Galaxy International 2009, comes from Elgin, a northwest suburb of Chicago.  Laura is a graduate of National-Louis University with a Bachelor Degree in
Elementary Education.  She graduated with honors and was an active member of Kappa Delta Pi-a National Honors Society for educators.  She is also a graduate of Saint Xavier University where she earned a Masters Degree in Teaching and leadership.

Laura is a fourth grade teacher for School District U-46.  During her reign as Ms. Galaxy International 2009, Laura has been working with many organizations such as the Pedriatric Cancer Foundation, the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, ‘Queen for a Day” Organization, and the Anti-Cruelty Society.

Laura competed in her first beauty pageant at the age of 19.  She didn’t compete again until 2008, when she took the title of Ms. Illinois Galaxy 2008.  Laura grew up performing on stage at the age of 4.  She performed in the Nutcracker Ballet and Sleeping Beauty for 9 years.  At the age of 8, she took a liking to cheerleading and went on cheerleading to the age of 21.  Laura now enjoys swing dancing, kickboxing, and strength training.  She hopes to learn ballroom dancing next!  Laura resides in South Elgin with her dog and cats.

Thanks, Laura, for coming over and we’ll see you soon when I emcee the Illinois Galaxy Pageant next month.

See photos from her visit: Laura Buhmann photo gallery