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Posted on 09-10-2012

by Vince de Cerchio, Standard Journal staff writer

MILTON — The 36th annual Milton Harvest Festival Princess Pageant, a gala affair, was celebrated on Saturday night at the Milton Area High School with 12 representatives vying for the title of Milton Harvest Festival Princess. 

The young ladies competing for the title articulately represented a variety of service organizations, to include the American Legion, Woman’s Club, VFW, Marine Corps League, the Milton Area High School Alumni Association, Lions Club, Milton Historical Society, Kiwanis Key Club, Rotary Club and the Milton Booster Club.

Jennifer Wakeman, of the CCN, moderated the event. Megan Rudloff, daughter of Jeffrey and Bethany Rudloff, was voted Milton Harvest Festival Princess by a panel of five local judges. Dana Kyle was voted runner-up. Megan Zettlemoyer, a finalist, received the Zechman “Spirit” Award.

Rudloff is a senior at Milton Area High School and represented the Milton Lions Club. She is a member of the high school Key Club, Tri-Hi-Y, Creative Writing, National Honor Society, Class of 2013 Executive Committee, Jungle Council, Spanish Honor Society, Student Council, yearbook staff and Enrichment. She participated in the spring musical, is editor of the Panther Press and plays varsity tennis (captain) and varsity softball. She is employed at Lisa’s Milltown Deli.

In her speech, Rudloff spoke about her pride in assisting the Milton Lions, a service organization that raises funds for many worthy causes in the community and specializes in providing glasses and raising funds for persons with sight deficiencies. She credited her teacher, Seth Reitz, and her advisor, Bonnie Bolich, for their strong support and advice.

When asked how she felt about this honor, she said: “I didn’t expect to win. This is the greatest feeling in the world. I am grateful to all who made this possible.”

In addition to Rudloff, Zettlemoyer and Kyle, contenstants included Mary Jo Stere, Jessica Lynn Dodson, Danica Genners, Karissa Brown, Allison Specht, Libby Shampanore, Darien Yarger, Alyssa Trostle and Samantha Rohrer.

The Little Miss and Junior Miss pageants were held Sunday. Keturah Rice, daughter of LaVert and Stephanie Rice, was the Little Miss winner. Jacqueline Stokes, daughter of Bobby and Lisa Stokes, was the Junior Miss winner.

Additional Little Miss contestants included Adelyn Elise Bush, Krystyna Mancilla, Audrie Nicholas and Halie Shnyder. Additional Junior Miss contestants included Ashley Barnett, Molly Brown, Elizabeth Crites, Allison Embeck, Lexi Garcia, Hope Harrington, Caitlyn Johnson, Hanna Mensch, Joslyn Mong, Abby Rishel, Payton Ritter and Angelina Ulmer.