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Miss Mundelein Pageant a Great Success—Perfect 2017 Community Days Kick-off Event

As a kick-off event to the 2017 Mundelein Community Days, the Mundelein Pageant recently was held and 17 young ladies competed for the titles of 2017 Little Miss, Junior Miss, and the coveted Miss Mundelein honor.

Congratulations to the 2017 Miss Mundelein Queen-Kylie Dinelli, Miss Mundelein First Runner-Up Kimberly Barr, and Miss Mundelein Second Runner-Up Emily Hay.

Congratulations also to the 2017 Junior Miss Mundelein Queen-Kyra Ryba. Junior Miss Mundelein First Runner-Up, Victoria Weaver, and Junior Miss Mundelein Second Runner-Up, Stephanie Bolanos.

Congratulations also to the 2017 Little Miss Mundelein Queen-Kailiana Stanczak. Little Miss Mundelein First Runner-Up is Paige Simpson, and Little Miss Mundelein Second Runner-Up is Samantha Aguilar.

The 2017 Little Miss Mundelein-Kailiana Stancak and 2017 Junior Miss Mundelein-Kyra Ryba also both received the Miss Congeniality award, which (among winning the title of Queen) is one of the most cherished awards as it is voted by their peers. The Miss Congeniality winner for the Miss contestants went to Michaela DiCristofano.

There were other specialty awards presented throughout the evening. Little Miss Sweetest Smile went to Kaileen Diaz, Little Miss Best Model went to Kailiana Stanczak, and Little Miss Prettiest Hair went to Sofia Cabachuela. Junior Miss Sweetest Smile went to Kyra Ryba, Junior Miss Best Model went to Tori Collins, and Junior Miss Prettiest Hair went to Stephanie Bolanos. Miss Sweetest Smile went to Anna Henning, Miss Best Model went to Kimberly Barr, and Miss Prettiest Hair went to Kylie Dinelli.

There were 5 Little Miss contestants, ranging in ages from 6 to 8 years old. The Junior Miss had 7 contestants, ranging in ages from 11 to 13 years old. The Miss had 5 contestants, ranging in ages from 16 to 21 years old.

The Mundelein Pageant is proudly presented by the Mundelein Community Days Commission and this year was sponsored by LaLuzerne and Smith, Ltd. Pageant officials said about 80 individuals, organizations, and merchants generously donated to the prize packages for the Queen, First Runner-Up, and Second Runner-Up in each age group. Pageant organizers extend their sincere thanks to O'Salon and Spa “for their incredibly generous contribution to not only the prize packages for the winners, but to ALL the contestants and the newly crowned Queen's moms as well!”

“I'd personally like to thank Gary Gunther, Pageant Chairman, for his continuous support of the pageant system and doing just about everything that is needed to ensure the event goes off without a hitch at Mundelein High School. He also is responsible, among so many things, for obtaining help with the lights and sound during the event. He is a true professional,” said Betty Hurmis, Executive Director.

“I’d also like to give a very special thank you to my two amazing Assistant Directors—Marilla Millner and Karen Bost. These ladies are my rock and without them, I wouldn't be able to do what I do with such ease and confidence year after year. I am forever grateful to them. I want to also thank Dani Smith who has graciously given up her time to assist with the planning and for creating a website for the Mundelein Pageants. There were several other ladies and prior Mundelein Queens who helped backstage and I'm very grateful to them, as well” Betty continued.

The contestants began their day with interviews and every one of them did an incredible job. The judges were so amazed at the level of poise and maturity these young ladies all possessed. The evening portion consisted of Speech and Communications Skills, Final Question, and Stage Presence. Some truly amazing speeches given by all and I am proud of these young ladies for having the courage (even at 6 years old) to stand up in front of an audience to give a speech.

“I especially wish to thank and acknowledge our 2016 Mundelein Queens - Miss Haley Peterson, Junior Miss Abby Hammer, Little Miss Jillian Shutter and their amazing moms and dads for doing an incredibly outstanding job of collecting donations for the prize packages for this year's pageant winners. The 3 young ladies represented the Village of Mundelein with grace and dignity throughout the year. I am incredibly proud of all of them and their families for not only ensuring they attend as many events as scheduled but for all of their hard work to ensure the newly 2017 Mundelein Queens, Runners-Up, and all the contestants had a truly memorable experience,” Betty concludes.

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