BURT - Estherville contestants nearly made a clean sweep at the Miss Kossuth-Winnebago 2014 Scholarship Program, winning three of the four titles last Saturday, Aug. 23.
Casey Sievert of Estherville was crowned Miss Kossuth-Winnebago 2014 as the annual scholarship program celebrated its 50th year. Two other Estherville girls-sisters Atleigh and Greasha Cody earned Junior Miss Kossuth-Winnebago and Li'l Miss Kossuth Winnebago.
Sievert's win makes it a career grand slam of the event as she has held the other three titles of Li'l Miss, Jr. Miss and Outstanding Teen.
These young girls were crowned last Saturday at the Miss Kossuth-Winnebago Scholarship Program. Front is Greasha Cody Li'l Miss Kossuth-Winnebago; middle is Atleigh Cody Jr. Miss Kossuth-Winnebago
and in back are Emily Bryan, Outstanding Teen; and Casey Sievert Miss Kossuth-Winnebago.
As Miss Kossuth-Winnebago, Sievert is the recipient of a $750 scholarship and earns the opportunity to compete at the Miss Iowa Scholarship Pageant in June of 2015.
Her platform is "power with Life, the Real Way."
It's about using media more responsibility and working more on personal communication instead of relying on technology," Sievert said.
Her talent was a clog dance to the song "Daddy's Money."
Sievert said she has enjoyed competing in pageants over the years.
"I started because I was in dance-there's not a lot of talents that you can do at a pageants," she said. "Also the interviews don't scare me."
She said meeting the other contestants is she likes about the pageants.
"The entire experience is a lot about meeting the other girls and see the different personalities and then keeping in touch afterward," Sievert said.
As Miss Kossuth-Winnebago 2014, Sievert will be asked to speak about her platform throughout the next year and at some events, may be asked to perform her talent.
Competing at the next level is also what the scholarship program is about," said the 19-year old daughter of Jeff and Jennifer Sievert. "I was excited to win and am excited about competing at the Miss Iowa Program next June," she said.
Sievert was also Overall Talent Winner, People's Choice and the recipient of the Spirit Award.
First runner-up was Emily Evans of Clinton, a sophomore at Iowa Central Community College.
Miss Kossuth-Winnebago's Outstanding Teen 2014 is Emily Bryan of Spencer. Bryan is the 16-year-old daughter of Mike and Jackie Bryan. She is a sophomore at Spencer High School. Bryan was also Overall Talent Winner and the recipients of the Spirit Award. Caitlyn Peterson of Algona was awarded People's Choice.
Sisters Atleigh and Greasha Cody both took home titles following the pageant on Saturday night. Ten-year-old Atleigh Cody was named Junior Miss Kossuth-Winnebago while seven-year-old Greasha Cody was named Li'l Miss Kossuth-Winnebago. They are the daughters Jesse and Jamie of Estherville. Alasha Hennan of Burt was awarded People's Choice in the Junior Miss Category.