by Julie Ann Madden
Reigning over Sioux City’s 2012 Port of Sioux City River-Cade Festival are a queen and two princesses.
Allison Kjar, 19-year-old daughter of Joni Noble and Keith Kjar, all of Akron, was crowned as one of this year’s princesses. She was also voted “Miss Congeniality” by the other 10 finalists.
The River-Cade Royalty contest is the first royalty-type contest Kjar has ever entered.
In addition to completing several interviews, she created a speech about a hypothetical community service project.
Kjar created a five-day workshop for Grades K-12 students about bullying. She took the word “Bully” and created activities for each day:
• B = The Bully;
• U = For the Underlying Causes;
• L = Lean (on your support system);
• L = Love (Remember: Even if you’re being picked on, someone out there loves you).
• Y = You (You have the power to stop it or change it.)
Another part of the competition was giving a 1- to 3-minute impromptu speech. She was given a card with three objects in which to create a story about: Scooby Doo, strawberry jam and construction zone.
The contestants participated in many activities throughout the festival, which was held July 18 – 21 in Sioux City, including the annual River-Cade Parade and the River-Cade Carnival.
Kjar is a sophomore at Morningside College in Sioux City where she is studying business administration in hopes of being an events coordinator upon graduation. She achieved the Dean’s List academic honor and is employed at the college’s Admissions Department. She also teaches dance two days a week at the Akron Dance Depot and is a lifeguard at the Akron Swimming Pool. She recently joined the Big Brothers Big Sisters program.
Kjar has three sisters: Erica, Annie and Eliza.
“I want to thank the town of Akron for always supporting me,” said Kjar. “Without the parents, teachers and community here, I wouldn’t be shaped and formed into the person I am today. I’d like to thank them for that.”
One of the other finalists was Emily Camacho of Akron.