Local student is selected as First Runner-up 

The 2018 Hiawatha Halloween Queen, center, is Sydney Snyder of Holton. First runner-up is Norea Menold, right, of rural Hiawatha, and Miss Congeniality is Josie Santos of Everest. The crowning occurred downtown prior to the evening parade on Wednesday, October 31. Photo courtesy of Joey May, Hiawatha World.

A tradition marked its 104th year as Hiawatha celebrated its annual Halloween Frolic on Wednesday, Oct. 31. As part of the annual event, area high school senior girls participated in the Halloween Queen scholarship contest.

Four area girls — Miss Bern Aubriana Gugelman, Miss Fairview Hunter Lowdermilk, Miss Rural Hiawatha Norea Menold and Miss Sabetha Shayna Strahm vied for the title of queen, along with eight other contestants.

Other candidates included Abby Yunghans, Miss Axtell; Josie Santos, Miss Everest; Robin Madere, Miss Hiawatha; Sydney Snyder, Miss Holton; Bella Eppens, Miss Reserve; Madeline Rogers, Miss Seneca; Isobel Langham, Miss Topeka; and Chantel Duncan, Miss Troy.

The winners were named prior to the Halloween parade on Wednesday, Oct. 31. Miss Rural Hiawatha Norea Menold was named first runner-up, while Miss Holton Sydney Snyder was crowned queen and Miss Everest Josie Santos was named Miss Congeniality.

The girls were awarded scholarships as follows: Snyder, $1,000; Santos, $250; and Menold, $500 (sponsored by Sabetha Greenhouse).

Menold, sponsored by Sabetha Greenhouse, is the daughter of Terry and Dayra Menold. Some of her honors include Scholars Bowl captain, band president and Kansas Honor Scholar.

She has been involved in show choir, KAY Club and band. She plans to attend Kansas State University and major in graphic design.

About the contest

Contestants were required to complete an application and submit a letter of recommendation, as well as write an essay.

The judges blind judged the essay portion of the contest. On contest day — Sunday, Oct. 28 — contestants presented their essay, answered two interview questions and performed a short talent.

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