Another crowning moment
Amid happy tears and congratulations, the new Cottage Grove royalty was crowned Thursday night.
Serena Fallahi is the 2006-07 Miss Cottage Grove. She will represent the city throughout the coming year with Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis and Princess Darcy Pemble.
Junior Miss Cottage Grove is Karisa Jones. Junior Miss Cottage Grove princess is Elizabeth Sova.
The new Little Miss Cottage Grove is Montana Hogen and Little Miss Cottage Grove princess is Ashley Rice.
In keeping with the theme, "On a Musical Note," the outgoing royalty performed a dance. Candidates for the new royalty performed a dance to "All that Jazz."
During the introduction and question part of the program, Little Miss Montana Hogan said she enjoys camping, gymnastics and "cares for others."
Little Miss Princess Ashley Rice said she loves to go to the beach. She enjoys nature and going to the Minnesota Zoo. The aquarium is her favorite exhibit.
Junior Miss Princess Elizabeth Sova teaches Bible school and "loves to meet new people." The qualities she most admires in a friend is honesty and a good sense of humor.
Junior Miss Karisa Jones enjoys cooking and was student council president. She described herself as kind hearted and loves to talk.
Miss Cottage Grove Princess Brooke Ellis is studying to become an architect.
Miss Cottage Grove Princess Darcy Pemble is studying management and loves "meeting and greeting people."
Miss Cottage Grove Serena Fallahi enjoys going to Twins games, volunteering, golfing and donated 12 inches of her hair to Locks of Love, a program making real-hair wigs for cancer patients.
During the introduction of visiting royalty, Minneapolis Aquatennial royalty gave Honorary Commodore awards to Paul Rodriquez, Mike Mace, Mark Masanz and Richard Block for their work on the Cottage Grove float.
The Top Festival Button Award, sponsored by First National Bank of Woodbury, went to Holly Trebesch.
The Miss Congeniality award, sponsored by Ed's Trophy, was given to Elizabeth Sova.
The Kristina Westmoreland Award, given in memory of Westmoreland, former Miss Teen Cottage Grove who was killed by a drunk driver in 1995, was given to Fallahi and Sova. Dr. Gregg Hipple sponsors the award
The Linda Beech Best Interview Award went to Ashley Rice and Karisa Jones.