Freewalt Wins Crown

ST. MARYS — More than 20 girls took to the PAC stage at Memorial High School Wednesday night, dancing, smiling and curtsying in front of a packed crowd in hopes to be crowned the 2012 SummerFest Little Miss, a title that Emma Freewalt ultimately took home.

The 21 contestants were judged on an introduction, their model walk and an interview, and four were named to the 2012 SummerFest Little Miss Court. Emma, the daughter of Jeremy and Christie Freewalt, said she enjoyed her experience in the Little Miss SummerFest Pageant.

“My favorite part was being crowned a winner,” the 5-year-old told The Evening Leader.

In her interview, Emma revealed that she would like to be a veterinarian in the future.

“I want to be a veterinarian because I don’t like when dogs are hurt and I want to help them,” Emma told Master of Ceremonies John Wale.

As the 2012 SummerFest Little Miss, Emma said she is looking forward to the parades.

“I’m excited to ride in the car in the parade,” she said.

During her interview, first runner-up Ciera Rupert, 6, daughter of Craig and Monica Rupert, shared her favorite food with the audience.

“My favorite food to eat is spaghetti because we like to pretend we’re eating worms,” she said.

Second-runner up Ella Glass, 7, daughter of Kevin and Heather Glass, noted her excitement for being named to the Little Miss Court and said she has had a busy week preparing for the contest.

“I’ve been practicing at home and playing with my friends,” Ella said.

In her interview, Ella was asked what she would draw with a yellow crayon.

“If I had a yellow crayon, I would draw a school bus because I love school,” Ella said.

Third runner-up was awarded to Halle Huston, 7, daughter of Shawn and Shelly Huston, who noted her favorite dessert during her interview.

“My favorite dessert to eat is s’mores because they’re gooey,” Halle said.

Additional entertainment was provided by Halie McGee, who sang “Here I Am” and “Reflections,” and by Kristina’s Dance Escape.

The Little Miss SummerFest Court will make its first appearance tonight during the opening ceremony for SummerFest.