NIAGARA, Wis. - A new Miss Niagara will be chosen when voters go to the polls on Tuesday, April 2. Niagara High School students, along with city and town of Niagara voters, will choose from among three juniors and two sophomores who were recently selected by high school students as the finalists for 2013.
Originated and sponsored by the Niagara Lions Club since 1968, the new Miss Niagara will have her coronation at the Niagara Lions Community Picnic on Saturday, June 29, when she will be presented with a crown and sash from Kaitlyn Lundin, the current Miss Niagara.
Candidates for this year include:
Abbey Bagnieschi, 16, is a sophomore and the daughter of Suzie and Mark Bagnieschi. She has a sister, Amber Bottesi (26).
Abbey is a good student whose name often appears on the honor roll. Her favorite subjects this year include biology and art. She is involved in many extracurricular activities including volleyball, basketball, and soccer. She also participates in yearbook and is secretary of the sophomore class. She is a talented artist who has received Artist of the Month recognition. Dance has always played an important role in her life as Abbey has taken dance lessons at Julie's Top Hat Dance Studio for 13 years. Abbey also finds time to do community volunteer service with the Youth Futures organization and this summer she will join other Niagara students on a youth mission trip to New York City.
When asked if she has a mentor or special role model, Abbey gave credit to her sister, Amber, saying "I look up to Amber for everything. When I was little I always wanted to be just like her. She is always there for me and is my favorite person in this world. She is the best person who gives advice and I love being with her and my nephews."
Abbey attends St. Anthony Catholic Church where she attends a CCD class. She also works part-time at Storheim's Restaurant. In her free time she likes dance, snow-boarding, biking, four-wheeling, exercise, and spending time with her family.
After high school Abbey may enlist in the Air Force and later study radiography or sports medicine.
Madisin Depas, 17, is a junior and the daughter of Teresa and Jeff DePas. Her brothers include Landin (19) and Calvin (20). Madisin is an outstanding student who excels in the classroom and her name often can be found on the high honor roll. Her favorite classes this year include advanced biology, art, and French. Madisin also finds time to be involved in a number of extracurricular activities. She enjoys forensics where she has earned a bronze medal at the state forensic contest and has also earned letters in volleyball, track, band, cheerleading, and one-act play. She has earned the Most Improved Cheerleader award and she has earned awards through her involvement with the Association of Student Artists and this coming summer she will join fellow art students on an art trip to Spain. Madisin is a member of the student council and has been selected by the faculty to attend Badger Girls State this coming summer. She also has been active with the QPR Suicide Prevention program and previously participated in the "Every 15 Minutes" student accident simulation program.
Madisin names her cousin, Sarah DePas, as her role model. "Ever since I was young," Madisin wrote, "I have wanted to be like Sarah. I wanted to do everything she did. I was pretty much her shadow when we were together. I loved how involved she was and how many friends she had. Sarah was like the big sister I never had."
In addition to her school activities, Madisin does community volunteer service through the Youth Futures student organization and at St. Anthony Catholic Church where she is a confirmation student. She has helped with roadside litter cleanup and also has volunteered at fish fries and also at Karen's Pantry. Last summer she joined other Niagara students on a mission work trip to Chicago and this summer she will also go on a similar mission trip to New York City.
Madisin works part-time at Papa Murphy's Pizza and her favorite free time activities include spending time with her friends, reading, snowboarding, camping, swimming, and listening to music.
Her post-high school plans are to attend college and major in marine biology which would later lead her to move to some tropical location.
Shanna Nordell, 16, is a sophomore and the daughter of Jody and John Nordell. She has two brothers Bob (26) and Dustin (19).
Shanna is a very good student whose name consistently appears on the honor roll. She enjoys her academic classes and lists chorus, biology, English, and French as her favorites this year.
She is a fine athlete who participates in volleyball, basketball, and track. She has earned two major letters in volleyball and another in track. She also participates in club volleyball and SAY soccer. She is active in student government serving as a member of the student council and a president of the sophomore class. Shanna also is active in forensics, yearbook, and as a part of the QPR Suicide Prevention program.
Shanna gives credit to her mother Jody for being her role model. "My mom," Shanna wrote, "has been there for me through thick and thin and she has the biggest heart. She does everything in her power to make the people in her life happy and for that I idolize her."
Shanna goes to St. Anthony Catholic Church where she attends a CCD class. She volunteers in the community doing service work including having volunteered the past three years at Women's Wellness Days. She also has volunteered at the hospital delivering meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas.
In her free time, Shanna enjoys four-wheeling, swimming, running, biking, playing volleyball, camping, and listening to music.
Her post-high school plans include going to college to study to become a respiratory therapist or a physical therapist.
Emilee Pellegrini, 17, is a junior and is daughter of Karin and Gary Gardipee and Brian and Sherri Pellegrini. Emilee has one sister, Elizabeth (21).
Emilee is a wonderful student whose name always appears on the honor roll. Her favorite classes this year include geometry and physical education. She enjoys athletics and has participated in basketball, track, and softball. She has been a member of the student council for three years and was chosen by the faculty to attend Badger Girls State this summer.
Emilee cites her mother as being her role model. "I look up to my mom a lot," said Emilee. "She inspires me and guides me through life. She encourages me to do well in school and to make good decisions."
Emilee attends church in Norway, where she is a confirmed member of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. She has volunteered to do community service with the Youth Futures student organization. She has participated in the "Every 15 Minutes" student accident simulation program and has also assisted by helping the girls' seventh and eighth grade basketball teams this year.
In her free time Emilee enjoys spending time at the family cottage jet-skiing, tubing, and boating. She also enjoys four-wheeling.
After high school Emilee intends to continue her education at a university but is uncertain at this time as to what she will study.
Hannah Waugen, 17, is a junior and the daughter of Hans and Katie Waugen and Michelle (Brazeau) Waugen. Her siblings include Morgan (13), Hailee (7), and Annabelle (6).
Hannah is an honor student who enjoys serving as a student tutor for Mrs. Butler's kindergarten class. Her favorite subjects this year are French and chorus.
Besides doing well in the classroom, Hannah is active in a number of extracurricular activities including forensics, one-act play, and yearbook. She also is a member of the student council and is treasurer of the junior class. Hannah also is certified in the QPR Suicide Prevention program and participates in SAY soccer.
When asked if she has a mentor or role model, Hannah responded: "My role model is my cousin, Rachel. Ever since I was young, I have looked up to her like a big sister. I see her to be someone who tries to bring out the best in all people. I aspire to be just like her. I also look up to my parents. They have raised me to be the person that I am today and they have always supported me with everything I do."
Hannah attends St. Anthony Catholic Church where she currently is enrolled in the confirmation class. She works part-time at the T&T Supper Club in Aurora. She has been involved in a number of volunteer community service activities including helping at the Lions Picnic, Karen's Food Pantry, and singing at the Community Christmas Tree Lighting Program. Last summer she joined other Niagara students on a mission work trip to Chicago and this summer she will also go on a similar mission trip to New York City.
In her free time Hannah enjoys hunting and fishing with her father, camping, doing yoga, swimming, four-wheeling, and traveling.
At the present time she is undecided about what she will do after high school but she is considering attending college to study marine biology or early childhood education.