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…