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The Times
  • Canal Celebration Pageant winners crowned

  • The winners of the 13th annual Canal Celebration Youth Pageant were crowned Thursday evening at Benton Hall Academy.

    Approximately 30 contestants from across the Mohawk Valley were judged on personality, stage presence, appearance while modeling dress attire and answering interview questions on stage.

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  • The winners of the 13th annual Canal Celebration Youth Pageant were crowned Thursday evening at Benton Hall Academy.
    Approximately 30 contestants from across the Mohawk Valley were judged on personality, stage presence, appearance while modeling dress attire and answering interview questions on stage.
    Winners received roses from Rose Petals Florist along with a crown, trophy and sash, as well as an invite to ride in Friday evening’s Canal Celebration parade.
    Canal Celebration Pageant Director and Miss Mohawk Valley Scholarship Program Executive Director Laurie Jean Britton hosted the event. She said the Canal Celebration pageant is a fundraiser for the Miss Mohawk Valley Scholarship program. “The 50/50 raffle and donation proceeds made will benefit the Miss Mohawk Valley Pageant and scholarships,” said Britton.
    “Winning a scholarship is a big incentive for competing in the pageant, and that’s what Miss Mohawk Valley is really about, helping women achieve their educational goals by making college affordable,” said Miss Mohawk Valley 2012 Courtney Sheridan.
    “When I previously competed in the Canal Celebration Youth Pageant I was given the confidence to compete in Miss Mohawk Valley, which has allowed me to represent the Mohawk Valley with pride,” said Miss Mohawk Valley 2012 Outstanding Teen Emily Stegeland.
    Alexandra Sprague, 17, of Yorkville, was crowned Canal Celebration Queen, with Destiny M. French, 16, of Ilion, as first runner-up and Carly Eckler, 15, of St. Johnsville, as second-runner up.
    Hanna Fleming, 11, of Herkimer, was crowned Canal Celebration Princess, with Kaylee Marie Cappuccio, 12, of Amsterdam, and Savannah Moynihan, 13, of Ilion, tied for first runner-up.
    Tiffany Sargalis, 9, of Johnstown, was crowned Canal Celebration Junior Miss, with Gabriella Caridi, 9, of Whitesboro, as first runner-up and Kaylee Marie Sanders, 9, of Fort Plain, as second runner-up.
    Alexa Rene Eddy, 3, of Little Falls, was crowned Canal Celebration Little Miss, with Julia Llewellyn, 4, of Mohawk, as first runner-up and Nevaeh Leigh Stowell, 4, of Canajoharie, as second runner-up.
    Alize Contreras, 5, of Utica, was crowned Canal Celebration Little Mister.
    Kimberly Sargalis, 14, of Johnstown, won the People’s Choice Award.
    “It feels absolutely amazing to have won the Canal Celebration pageant,” said Sprague, adding this was her second time participating in the pageant. Last year, she was second runner-up for queen.
    A senior in the New York Mills Union Free School District, Sprague said she will be excited to compete and show off her singing ability in the upcoming Miss Mohawk Valley Scholarship Pageant.

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