Pictured from left are Ahmitara Alwal, Kayla Boettcher, Marissa Cruse, Rachel Eron, Jasmin Kotek, and Mikaela Mohr.

Miss Winona Scholarship competition June 8


Candidate #1

Name: Rachel Eron

Talent: vocal – “Almost Like Being In Love”

School: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

Major: Bachelor of industrial and engineering systems, Bachelor of Arts in computer science

Hometown: Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.

Contestant #2

Name: Kayla Boettcher

Social impact initiative: H.O.P.E. – Helping Others Positively Engage

Talent: vocal – “Rise Up”

School: St. Mary’s University of Minnesota

Major: environmental biology

Hometown: Menomonie, Wis.

Contestant #3

Name: Mikaela Mohr

Social impact initiative: #Ibelieveyou

Talent: vocal – “I Know Where I’ve Been”

School: Winona Senior High School

Major: N/A

Hometown: Winona

Contestant #4

Name: Jasmin Kotek

Social impact initiative: Stronger than the Stigma: mental health awareness/suicide prevention

Talent: lyrical dance – “You Matter To Me”

School: Winona State University

Major: Bachelor of teaching (secondary)/mathematics education

Hometown: Lakeville, Minn.

Contestant #5

Name: Ahmitara Alwal

Social impact initiative: I Matter, YOU Matter: Youth Empowerment

Talent: monologue: “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou

School: Winona State University

Major: communication studies: organizational

Hometown: Worthington, Minn.

Contestant #6

Name: Marissa Cruse

Social impact initiative: Huntsman Cancer Institute: The Generation to End Cancer.

Talent: vocal – “Honey, Honey”

School: Minnesota State University, Mankato

Major: exercise science/political science minor

Hometown: Huron, S.D.

The 74th annual Miss Winona Scholarship Competition will be held on June 8 at 7 p.m. at the Winona Middle School.


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