Community Interest

Katie Sharp Named 2018 New Melle Festival Queen

Miss Katie Sharp (center) was crowned New Melle Festival Queen on Friday, June 15, 2018. Runner-up was Miss Hailey Schellert (left). Pictured with Katie and Hailey is retiring 2017 New Melle Festival Queen Miss Chyna Piel.  Katie was sponsored by Sorenson Kennel. Hailey was sponsored by Elite Mechanical.

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Miss Katie Sharp (center) was crowned 2018 New Melle Festival Queen.
Runner-up was Miss Hailey Schellert (left).
Pictured with Katie and Hailey is retiring 2017 New Melle Festival Queen Miss Chyna Piel. 

Katie Sharp is a resident of Defiance and is the daughter of Lantz Sharp and Robert and Tanya Smith. Katie has been blessed with many siblings: Kris, Nick, Arielle, Ben, and Trista. Katie will be a senior at Francis Howell Central High School, where she participates in National Art Honor Society, and the bowling team. Katie hopes to attend Truman University, where she plans to pursue a degree in biology so that she may become a research scientist. Katie was sponsored by Sorenson Kennels.

Hailey Schellert is the daughter of Tim and Tammy and has lived in New Melle her whole life. She has one brother, Drew and three sisters, Taylor, Shauna, and Ali. Hailey will be a senior this year at Francis Howell High School where she plays volleyball for the Varsity level. In her free time, she loves to hang out with family, shop, and go fishing. Hailey's college of choice is undecided, but she plans on furthering her education in the field of psychology. Hailey was sponsored by Elite Heating and Cooling.

The 2017 retiring queen was Chyna Piel, daughter of John Piel, and Joe & Kelly Brazil. In the past year, Chyna has kept busy with completing her senior year of high school and preparing for college. Chyna will be attending the University of Missouri in Columbia this fall where she plans to study Textile and Apparel Management. She is thankful for the opportunity of becoming closer with her community throughout her reign as the 2017 New Melle Festival Queen.  

This was the 65th consecutive year for the New Melle Festival Queen Pageant. It is a long-standing tradition that provides a scholarship to a deserving young lady from the community. Each year, judges select a candidate based on a compilation of points acquired from Community Service, Community Involvement, Ticket Sales, Poise & Personality, Responsibility, and Interview Questions. 

This year’s judges were Jillian Krueger of Wentzville and Audrey Lee of Winfield, and Jessica Scheve of Foristell. Both candidates got the full pageant experience with events ranging from craft night to a day at the spa. As our annual community service project, the candidates chose to host the "Kickin' it for Cancer" kickball tournament, making it the fourth consecutive year for the event. Both candidates worked very hard to make this the most successful tournament to date! $6000 will be donated in loving memory of Trevor Joerling to the Friends of Kids with Cancer organization! The queen candidates extend a sincere thank you to everyone who supported the tournament in any way.

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Katie Sharp and her dad, Lantz.

The Queen Pageant candidates and coordinators would also like to extend a sincere thank you to several businesses and individuals. Without their support, this year's events would not have been possible:

- New Melle Dental - Dr. Paul Moore - for sponsoring the Pageant shirts.

- New Melle Sports and Recreation

- Peoples Savings Bank for sponsoring the ticket printing.

- Creative Stitches for the lovely sash design and printing. 
- All of our kickball tournament sponsors/teams.
- Audrey Lee Photography for the candidate photos.

- Whiskey Dixon for letting us use their sound system and stage.

- Each of the candidate's sponsors

- And the pageant judges.