Archive for Friday, October 9, 2009

Maple Leaf pageant crowns two winners

October 9, 2009

Baldwin City and Topeka girls won the crowns at Saturday night’s Maple Leaf Festival Scholarship Pageant at Baldwin Junior High School.

Shelby Corder, a student at BJHS, was crowned Miss Teen Maple Leaf, while Topeka’s Belinda Post won top honor as Miss Maple Leaf. Post will go on to the Miss Kansas competition in Pratt later on.

Post is a theater and dance major with a minor in modern languages at Kansas State University.

“She is very driven and advocates volunteerism and academics,” said Annie France, Maple Leaf committee chairman. “Her performance on Saturday was a dance twirl to ‘Proud Mary.’ She has directed, choreographed and danced in her own KSU dance concert and has directed or participated in many fundraising events with organizations such as Children’s Miracle Network, Miss Topeka Club, Muscular Dystrophy and more.

“Belinda will serve as Miss Maple Leaf promoting Baldwin City and the community,” said France.

Corder had a platform issue surrounding the use of seatbelts — Buckle Up America!

“She is a member of the BJHS honor roll and performed a jazz dance to ‘Proud Mary,’” she said. “She expects to pursue a career as a pediatric nurse and has been accepted into the Kansas City Ballet School — the only professional ballet school in Kansas City.”

Judges for the competition were: Ken Wagner, owner of Heritage Tractor and mayor of Baldwin City; Heidi Knappen, a model, make-up artist and skin care consultant; Courtney Courter, current Miss Kansas USA 2009; Leslie Durham, Lawrence realtor; and Judy Mahan, mother of Erica Mahan, winner of the Miss Maple Leaf title last year.


Stacy Napier 8 years, 7 months ago

Well both will go on to the state compitition in Pratt. Check the website.

It's too bad both could not be from Baldwin area. Belinda was Miss Leavenworth County last year. Seems they just move around to different local pageants each year.


AmyIrenie 8 years, 7 months ago

I agree. What are the qualifications to enter? If Miss Post was from Topeka and goes to KState what ties does she have to Baldwin City? and after first glance of her profile picture on facebook, it's pretty obvious she is chasing a crown...or a page in sports illustrated.


Stacy Napier 8 years, 7 months ago

And it's not really top honor for Post. They are different age groups. There is the Miss Kansas and the Miss Kansas Outstanding Teen which is 13 to 17 yearolds. Winners of each of those go on to the Miss America pageant.

Amy, There are no qualifications. Last year you had to live within 25 miles of Baldwin City. This year you did not.


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