STANTON — Hailey Hollenbeck was considering trying the Miss Stanton Scholarship pageant, but was hesitant. Her mom and her sisters, including her twin sister Hannah, encouraged her to go for it.
After winning the title of Miss Stanton 2014 last night, Hollenbeck agrees it was good advice.
“I’m the youngest in my family, even younger than my twin, and all my older sisters kept telling me I should do it,” said Hollenbeck, the daughter of Blake and Shirley Hollenbeck of Sidney. “None of them ever did it, but they wanted me to.”
The four contestants were judged on five phases of competition: private interview, outfit of choice, essay, evening wear and on-stage question, according to pageant co-director Isabelle Williams.
Hollenbeck, who will be a senior at Central Montcalm High School, is looking forward to a busy weekend enjoying all the Stanton Old Fashioned Days activities.
“I can’t wait!” said Hollenbeck, 17. “And then representing Stanton at all the local parades.”
Hollenbeck also won the People’s Choice award, a new award voted on by the public.
The contestants voted among themselves, choosing Erica Wyatt, 18, as Miss Congeniality.
Hollenbeck, a three-sport athlete, modeled athletic wear, and jostled a basketball, volleyball and softball during the Outfit of Choice phase.
The queen’s contestants essay was to define integrity.
“Integrity is not just being honest, but it is also stopping others who may not be honest or may be bullying,” said Hollenbeck, who was granted a $300 Montcalm Community College scholarship in her winnings. “Integrity is what we do, what we say, and what we say we do.”
Escorted by her father, Blake Hollenbeck, Hailey answered the on-stage question “Which is more important: academics or athletics, and why?”
Although she is an athlete, Hollenbeck answered, “Academics are very important. Academics get you into college and through life. Athletics are fun along the side.”
Taylor Skula, 19, placed first runner-up, Wyatt earned second runner-up and Kacey Jones, 16, was named third runner-up.
Hannah Salliote, 14, was crowned Junior Miss Stanton, earning a $200 MCC scholarship. Her court consists of First Runner-up Elizabeth Conklin, 12, who also won the Junior Miss People’s Choice and Junior Miss Congeniality.
Second Runner-up is Keisha Miller, 15, Third Runner-up is Ally Crippen, 14, and court members include Tori Swan and Katie Lilly.
Zach Petersen, 9, is the this year’s duke and Emma Burns, 8, will reign as duchess. Gabriel Vansconis, 6, and Lilliann McGuire, 6, round out the court as prince and princess.
Correspondent Lori Hansen is a Greenville-area resident.