Maple Leaf pageant crowns two winners
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.