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Ringsted lass wins 2008 Miss Shamrock title

By Staff | Mar 12, 2008

April Gunderson of Ringsted, left, earned was crowned Miss Shamrock 2008 this past weekend. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

EMMETSBURG — A powerful rendition of “I, Who Have Nothing” helped 18-year old April Gunderson of Ringsted earn the title of Miss Shamrock 2008 Sunday evening to kick off the 2008 St. Patrick’s Celebration. Gunderson, the daughter of Jay and Roslyn Gunderson, was one of six incredibly talented young women competing in the program, held at Corrigan Hall in Emmetsburg.

Jerri Sadler, the retiring Miss Shamrock 2007, crowned her successor to conclude a day and evening filled with lovely lassies of all ages competing on the Corrigan Hall stage.

Kylie Carter, an 18-year old senior at Emmetsburg High School, was named the first runner-up by the panel of three judges. The daughter of Andrew and Holly Carter, Kylie presented a vocal selection, “Free and Easy, Down the Road I Go” during the talent portion of the program.

Earning the second runner-up honors on Sunday was Kylie Woodley, a 17-year old senior at Laurens-Marathon Community School. Woodley, the daughter of Rick and Kerrie Woodley, performed a fast-paced pom dance routine to “One Night Only” from the musical “Dreamgirls” as her talent selection.

Gunderson is no stranger to Emmetsburg’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, as she held the title of Irish Miss in 2006. However, she was excited and happy following her coronation.

Tracy Fay of Estherville displays her talent during the pageant competition. Photo courtesy Dan Voigt, Emmetsburg Publishing

“This is a great honor. It took a lot of work, but it’s a great honor,” Gunderson said.

A senior at Armstrong-Ringsted, April is active in volleyball, softball, track, band and choir. She is captain of the drill team, serves as editor of the Mustang Yearbook and is the vice president of the A-R Student Council. In the community, April is involved in the Big Buddy program, and serves as a member of the Emmet County Kinship Board of Directors as well as being a member of her church choir. She was the winner of the VFW Voice of Democracy contest and will be receive Silver Cord honors at graduation for Community Service. Her hobbies include singing, shopping, quilting, scrap booking, photography, reading, and hanging out with friends.

April’s future plans are to attend North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City and to be involved in choir and softball.

It was Gunderson’s answer to her onstage question that provided an insight into the new Miss Shamrock. When asked by Master of Ceremonies John Schad what program or activity had the greatest impact on her life, Gunderson responded, “I would have to say the Big Brother-Big Sister. I love being a mentor for a little girl who needs it. I love spending time with her every week, and I love giving her the attention she needs. Thank you.”

Also competing in Sunday’s program was Chelsea Zaragosa, the 17-year old daughter of Ned and Molly Zaragosa of Ruthven. A senior at Ruthven-Ayrshire High School, Chelsea sang “In My Own Little Corner” from “Cinderella” in the talent portion of the competition.

Rounding out the field of contestants was 17-year old Tracy Fay, the daughter of Kris and Jerry Fay of Wallingford A senior at Estherville Lincoln Central High School. Tracy performed a lyrical dance to “And We’re Dancing” in the talent competition.