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Former Lindsay couple’s granddaughter vies for nat’l pageant

Former Lindsay couple’s granddaughter vies for nat’l pageant

Karri Wechselberger, 15, of Medford, Ore. is the daughter of Danielle Rhoten-Wechselberger, 2005 graduate of Porterville College, and the grand-daughter of longtime Lindsay residents Dan and Sherry Rhoten.

Karri was active with Lindsay First Baptist Church, Lindsay Community Theater, and Washington Elementary School before moving to Oregon.

Last November, Wechselberger won the title of Hearts of America Eugene Supreme Queen, at a preliminary pageant held in Eugene, Ore.  She then traveled to Everett, Wash. to compete in the National pageant, where she won several medals including best eyes, best hair, best smile, best dress, best introduction, and she received a tiara for her fundraising efforts.

Wechselberger was also crowned National Junior Teen Photogenic Queen and National Junior Teen Queen.  The competition included about 20 girls.  The Hearts of America pageant is a fundraiser pageant which raises money for the W.I.N. (Women in Need) Foundation.  The pageant raised over $1500 for the foundation.  Wechselberger will represent the Hearts of America pageant for the next year.  She has already made several appearances including riding in the trolley with the city dignitaries in the Jacksonville Chinese New Year Parade on February 16th.  She has worked with the Phoenix Food Project and fundraised for the Alex Brown Foundation at Deb Shops in the Rogue Valley Mall.

Wechselberger’s next competition will be May 26th and 27th, at the National American Miss Pageant, in Portland, Oregon.  National American Miss is a natural pageant which focuses on kids being kids.  There is no required swim suit competition or talent portion.  Dresses, make-up, and hair must always be age appropriate.  Girls are scored in four areas: community service, personal introductions, personal interviews, and a formal competition that focuses on poise and self-confidence.  Wechselberger will compete in the state pageant and should she win, will then travel to Anaheim in November to compete for the national title.  At the national competition, participants are completing for their respective titles but can also win scholarships and a car.

Currently, Miss Wechselberger is looking for sponsors to help her get to her pageant in May.  The average sponsor donates $50 and a business card size ad in the program book, which is distributed to over 500 families in Oregon, is $60.  Any donation is appreciated.

If you are interested in helping this amazing young woman attain her goals so that she can reach more people with her community service projects, please call Danielle or Karri at 559-350-3735, or email them at willigan71@gmail.com.

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