CARSON CITY — Molly McAlvey was encouraged to run for the Carson City Frontier Days queen last year. Instead, she waited one more year.
The choice paid off.
The 16-year-old walked away with the crown and title at last Sunday’s pageant at Carson City United Methodist Church.
“My sister wanted me to do it last year, but I didn’t feel ready,” said McAlvey, the daughter of Michael and Stacey McAlvey of Carson City. “Then this year, my cousin said I should try. I thought ‘Why not?’ and signed up.”
The three contestants for queen competed in four rounds of competition. Round 1 was comprised of self introduction and Western wear. Round 2 was a role model speech. Round 3 was contestant spotlight, a talent portion. Round 4 was formal introduction of contestants, a question and answer session and an evening gown competition.
“The most difficult part was the speech because we had to memorize all of it, and not use notes,” said McAlvey, who is a junior at Fellowship Baptist Academy where she participates in basketball, volleyball and band.
McAlvey played guitar and sang “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert for her musical selection.
“Talent was the easiest part, because I have played in front of an audience before,” said McAlvey, who plans to attend Montcalm Community College following high school graduation.
Tami Tasker was director of the pageant, which approximately 50 people attended.
“Molly will travel to different parades and ride the float and she will also work at a variety of events at Frontier Days, which is June 5-8,” Tasker said. “She will help at the picnic and at the Kids Safety Day and throughout the year she will represent Carson City at a Reading With Royalty program at the library and other events.”
Kelsey Dennis, 17, the daughter of Michael and Brenda Dennis of Carson City, claimed first runner-up honors. A Carson City-Crystal High School senior, Dennis performed a tap dance routine to “Singin’ in the Rain.”
Five young women wrote essays on “What two items would you put in a time capsule to be opened 50 years from now? Why?” in their quest to be crowned junior princess of Frontier Days.
Haley DePue, 13, the daughter of Jeanette and Tim DePue of Carson City, won the title.
The items she selected were a scrapbook and a Bible. She said the scrapbook could show what life was like now and how neat it would be to see a scrapbook to correlate to the things her grandpa talks about that occurred 50 years ago. A Bible would show that people realize the importance of the Bible in small-town America.
Eight contestants, ages 5 through 8, vied for the role of princess, with Jelynn Staff, 7, winning. Jelynn is a second grade student at Carson City Elementary School and is the daughter of Melissa and Jason Staff of Carson City.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.