Left: Emily Hartzell, Right: Madison Dagen/A&R Portraits
Two young ladies vie for the title of Durand’s Miss Railroad Days Queen 2019 and Attendant. Miss Railroad Days Queen and her Attendant, the Princess, and Prince will be announced on Friday March 1st, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. at a Crowning Ceremony in the Grand Ballroom of the Durand Union Station. This year’s contestants are Madison Dagen and Emily Hartzell.
Madison Dagen is the daughter of Nikole Dagen of Bancroft and James and Tiffany Dagen of Battle Creek. She is 16 years old and is a junior at Durand High School. Madison likes to spend her time volunteering in activities such as helping with a 3 and 4-year-old cheer team, a special needs cheer team and the Durand youth cheer. She also volunteers at the Bancroft Grange and helped decorate the Durand Train Depot and with the Santa visits.
Madison’s hobbies include being in the Spanish Club, helping with the blood drive, Varsity Cheer, and a peer mentor. Some of Madison’s accomplishments include being on the A/B honor roll since 6th grade, earning an academic award and letters, being top 5 in AP Psych, and being in honors English since 8th grade. Her future plans include graduating with honors and attending one of the following colleges, MSU, GVSU, CMU, or WMU to study nursing, specializing in neo natal. Madison is sponsored by All About U Fitness.
Emily Hartzell is the daughter of Ernie and Jennifer Hartzell. She is 18 years old and is a senior at Durand High School. Emily has many hobbies including varsity soccer, volleyball, choir, madrigals, Spanish Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is class President. Emily has accomplished 4 years of academic excellence and has earned 7 varsity letters. She has maintained a 3.9 GPA all 4 years of high school and has been student of the month. Emily plans on going to a university after high school, possibly Oakland or Central, to study pre-dentistry or dental hygiene. Emily is sponsored by Shaw’s Pharmacy.
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Candidates for Miss Railroad Days Queen and Attendant will be interviewed by a panel of judges and will be rated on their introduction, clarity of speech, poise, presentation, personality, and answers to questions posed by the judges. The contestants as Miss Railroad Days Queen will receive a $1,000 and her attendant will receive a $500 scholarship plus various gifts.
Miss Railroad Days Queen, Attendant, Princess, and Prince will represent the annual Railroad Days Festival on May 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th the weekend after Mother’s Day. They will appear in various parades and community functions throughout the year.
The Durand Railroad Days Queen is sponsored by Randy Wise of Durand. Photos of the candidates are provided courtesy of A&R Portraits.
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