Seven vie for 2020 Miss Parkersburg crown

The 2020 Miss Parkersburg candidates. Top row, from left: Alexis Hoogestraat, Aaliah Truax, Elena Mulder, Elizabeth Moore. Bottom row, from left: Seyann Luhring, Maci Freund, Sommer Stotler. (Contributed photos)

Judging for Miss Parkersburg will be Friday, Aug. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at Legend Trail Golf Course, and the coronoation will be Saturday, Aug. 15 at 10:30 a.m. at MidWestOne Bank. The winners of the Iowa State Bank Little Mr. and Miss Parkersburg contest will be crowned prior to the Miss Parkersburg crowning. A fireworks display will begin at 10 p.m. on the 15th at All-Play Ball Park, presented by the Parkersburg Chamber of Commerce.

Maci Freund

Parents: Melissa Trueg and Ryan Freund

Sponsor: Campbell Mellema Insurance and Real Estate

School Activities: Musical, Speech, Student Government, SADD and Photo Club, Cross Country, Track, National Honor Society, FCA leader

Civic Activities: Volunteer at the food bank and Legion Meals

Volunteer Activities: I volunteer at my church with 4-6-year-olds and I went on a Mission Trip.

Future plans: I am going to go to college to run cross country and track and field and major in Health and Science to become either a Radiologist or a Nutritionist. 

Alexis Hoogestraat

Parents: Adam and Laci Hoogestraat

Sponsor: Iowa State Bank

School Activities: Honor Society, Choir, Archery, large group speech, individual speech, tennis, spring play, and fall musical

Civic Activities: RCYF youth group and work at Iowa State Bank

Volunteer Activities: Race of Remembrance, Race for the Zoo, Prairie Lakes Church Nursery, Sunrise Exchange Zoo, and A-P Food Pantry.

Future Plans: Finish my Junior and Senior year at A-P High School then continue on to the University of Northern Iowa to get my BA degree in Elementary Education.

Seyann Luhring

Parents: Chris and Elicia Luhring 

Sponsor: Parkersburg Hardware and Garden Center

School Activities: Ed Thomas Leadership Academy, FFA, Basketball, and Track

Civic Activities: Albion Dandy Dozens 4H Club for 9 years serving in several leadership positions within the club and many community service activities during each of those years. 

Volunteer Activities: Parkersburg Avenue of the Flags, Parkersburg Fun Days, Camp Koinonia Church Camp counselor, leader at First Congregational Church Shine and now Gems and Brigades Wednesday night children's programs, children's Sunday school assistant teacher, youth praise team, and youth pastor search committee. 

Future Plans: I plan to finish my Associate of Arts Degree at Hawkeye Community College and then transfer to the University of Northern Iowa for Elementary Education with a minor in Special Education. 

Elizabeth Moore

Parents: Tim & Mariah Wendel, Todd & Leann Moore

Sponsor: Chad Oldenburger at Napa Auto Parts

School Activities: Football and Basketball Cheerleading, Drill Team, Secretary for the A-P FFA, Tennis, A-P Honor Society.

Civic Activities: Youth Group, Adopt a Family for Christmas, Served meals for hospitality after church, Taught Sunday school classes, Hosted suppers for church, Hosted Easter egg hunts, Camp Koinonia leader

Volunteer Activities: Dressed up as the Easter Bunny for an Easter egg hunt, Delivered meals to the elderly

Future Plans: Go to a Community College then transfer to a Medical School and practice Behavioral Doctoring and Health.

Sommer Stotler

Parents: Dusty and Bobbi Stotler

Sponsor: Mane Station & DS Repair

School Activities: Cross Country, Basketball, Track, Choir, Musical, Student Government, SADD, STEM Club, School Mascot, Honor Society, Prom Steering

Civic Activities: GLOW, FCA, Praise Team, Church Nursery

Volunteering: Mission Trip to Honduras, Operation Christmas Child, Food Pantry, Miracle League, Community Service Day

Future Plans: Attend Hawkeye Community College for Nursing and then transfer to Allen for BSN and possibly go on for a Nurse Anesthetist or Nurse Practioner.

Elena Mulder

Parents: Gaylen and Carla Mulder 

Sponsor: CB Seeds - Channel (Chuck Becker)

School Activities: Student Government, Honor Society, FFA, Choir, Speech, Fall Musical, Spring Play, Tennis, Yearbook 

Civic Activities: Raising and Lowering Flags at the American Legion, Caroling at Nursing Homes, Special Music for Community Churches

Volunteer Activities: Vacation Bible School Leader, Praise Band Leader for Youth Group

Future Plans: Going to College to Pursue Religious Studies and Counseling 

Aaliah Truax

Parents: TJ and Rebecca Smith

Sponsor: Burlesque Salon & Spa

School Activities: Cheer and Dance Team

Future plans: Attend Ellsworth for two years for photography then transfer to the University of Iowa.


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