Wright City High School senior Emily Jaboor’s smile was as bright as her glittering crown Saturday evening when she was named the 2012 Strassenbash Queen at the annual festival at Diekroeger Park.
Jaboor was crowned by 2011 Strassenbash Queen Payton Heiliger, who was sponsored by FMB Bank.
Fourteen young women competed in the contest this year.
First runner-up was Mikayla Seabaugh, who was sponsored by First State Community Bank, and second runner-up was Lindsey Combs, sponsored by Cox & Cohea Chevrolet.
Combs was recognized for selling the most tickets for the 50/50 raffle. Sabrina Koetter, sponsored by Eden’s Edge Salon & Spa, was named Miss Congeniality.
“This is amazing,” Jaboor said, standing on the stage taking in the moment as cameras from family and friends clicked.
Jaboor said she plans to attend the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) to study medicine. She is a member of the National Honor Society, Students Against Drunk Driving (SADD) and the color guard.
Jaboor, who was sponsored by Victory Tire and Auto, said she enjoyed every aspect of the competition, but especially taking part in Saturday afternoon’s dance routine with the other contestants and getting dressed up in her dark blue and purple evening gown.
Each of the contestants was asked to speak briefly about what they would do to make the community stronger.
“I would donate my time and services to the area’s economic development efforts so that we could bring more jobs to our community,” Jaboor told the crowd.
Organizers said the 2012 contestants contributed more than 1,000 hours of community service between May and September, cleaning the outside of buildings at Diekroeger Park and picking up trash.