Tuesday, July 24th, 2007
By Betty Lawrence
A new queen for Lake Festival
Heather Waterman of Celina was crowned Miss Lake Festival 2007 after offering a solid vocal performance of the Broadway song "Shy" at Monday's pageant.
It was a night of Broadway at the packed Celina Fieldhouse as several of the 12 queen contestants performed Broadway hits. The talent portion of the pageant accounts for 35 percent of the judges' score.
Waterman, 20, was third runner-up in last year's pageant. She is a graduate of Celina High School and is the daughter of Robert and Judy Waterman, Celina.
First runner-up was Sarah Pierstorff, 17, who performed the Broadway tune "Summertime" in the talent portion of the pageant. She is a graduate of Celina High School and the daughter of Eric and Jodi Pierstorff, Celina.
Second runner-up Megan Perkeybile, 18, a graduate of Fort Recovery High School, sang "If I Had My Way." She is the daughter of Robert and Cheryl Perkeybile, Fort Recovery.
Third runner-up was Bethany Hosbach, 18, who performed the Broadway hit "The Light in the Piazza." She is a graduate of Coldwater High School and the daughter of Edward and Therese Hosbach, Coldwater.
Private interviews that make up 25 percent of the score were conducted earlier in the day on Monday. The pageant's evening wear division is 20 percent; lifestyle and fitness in swimsuit, 15 percent; and on-stage interview, 5 percent.
The local pageant is one of the largest scholarship pageants in Ohio and more than $12,000 in scholarships were awarded by the Miss Lake Festival Scholarship committee.
The Western Ohio Education Foundation also is providing $4,000 in-kind scholarships to pageant participants who attend Wright State University-Lake Campus.
As queen, Waterman will receive $3,000 in scholarships. She also won the Outstanding Interview Award worth $700.
Pierstorff earned $1,500 for her first runner-up position. She also was the recipient of the Outstanding Talent Award and People's Choice Award.
Perkeybile was tapped for the On Stage Interview Award and will be awarded $1,200 for placing as second runner-up.
Third runner-up Hosbach, who also received the Commitment to Excellence Award, will receive $1,000 in scholarships.
Waterman wore a two-piece aqua swimsuit in the lifestyle and fitness division of the pageant and an elegant black gown in the final evening wear portion of the contest. Area Eagle and Life Boy Scouts escorted the ladies to the stage for the evening wear competition.
The queen and her court will reign over this weekend's Lake Festival. The pageant is a qualifier for next year's Miss Ohio pageant, and Waterman will now have the opportunity to compete for the state title in Mansfield.
Miss Lake Festival 2006 Erica Gelhaus performed throughout the evening, including a vocal performance of the song she performed at this summer's Miss Ohio Pageant. She placed as first runner-up in Miss Ohio.
Rounding out the competition were Sandy Miller, St. Henry; Katie Westgerdes, Coldwater; Hannah Ford, Rockford; Lisa Canary, Shelby Gates-Reichard, Elizabeth McGhee, Amanda McKee and Maria Broering, all of Celina. All contestants will receive $400 in scholarships.
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