King and Queen of the Ridge 2010

Emily Schlehuber, Miss Teen Colorado International 2009 invited me to co-emcee the King and Queen of the Ridge 2010 “pageant”. The event was held at Fossil Ridge High School. Here we are at practice.
The opening number featured the students in super hero costumes based on an essay they wrote.
Here are all 27 contestants on stage. The entire production was well organized and ran like clockwork, most of the time.
After the top 12 were announced, Emily and I asked each contestant two onstage questions that were carefully timed. Each answer had to be 30 seconds or less in length. Their answers determined who would make the next cut.
After each of the top 12 performed a talent, we announced the top 8, four from each gender. Any one of these students was well qualified for the crown. Unfortunately, we could only crown one King and one Queen. The tension mounted as we waited for the final tally.
And the new Queen of the Ridge 2010 is Mariah Betros! The new King of the Ridge 2010 is Mike Shutte! Although there aren’t any formal obligations that come with the title, I wish them the best!
Emily has been the best Miss Teen Colorado International to work with. I have truly been blessed with getting to know her. I am honored to be called “pageant mom”. Her family has welcomed me with open arms and always been so kind. As my year is coming to a close, I will remember all the wonderful memories we have made together.
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