O’FALLON – Eight contestants will take the stage Friday evening to compete for the title of Miss O’Fallon 2018.
Ava Hipskind won last year’s contest and will be passing her crown onto another local girl at this year’s event.
The annual pageant will take place at the OTHS Milburn Campus, in the auditorium, starting at 7 p.m., with doors opening at 6. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for kids 10 years or younger.
Photos courtesy of Chelsea Arnold Photography.
Contestant Number One
Contestant number one is Hailey Noel Eader, daughter of Linda Becker and Robert Eader. She is 17- years- old and she attends O’Fallon Township High School. Her all time favorite passion is dance and loves photography. Hailey will be a high school graduate in the year 2019.
In school, she takes part in F.O.R Club and Blizzard which were originally based off of the first victim of the Columbine school shooting, Rachel Scott. She aimed for kindness and inclusion throughout society and he world through the Friends Of Rachel challenge. Aside from clubs, she is a three year member of the Golden Girls dance team. When she isn’t dancing with the Golden Girls, she spends time with her loved ones and always is looking for a fun adventure. In Hailey’s free time, she volunteers at Spencer’s Kennel, helping clean cages and feeding the animals. As a bonus, she gets to play with the dogs and cats that are sheltered there.
After high school, Hailey plans on attending Murray State University in Murray, Kentucky to major in early childhood education. When she graduates college, she hopes to become either a kindergarten or fourth grade teacher. Continuing, once she finds a successful job, Hailey wants to go back to college to get her Master’s degree in teaching.
Contestant Number Two
Hannah Gibson is the daughter of Chris and Jim Gibson. Hannah is one of two daughters also including Paige (19). She is 17- years- old and will be entering her senior year at O’Fallon Township High School. Hannah was born and raised in this town and could not imagine calling any other place home. She is very involved in the life of dance, but always has time to do extra activities around her school. Some include F.O.R. Club, Blizzard, NHS, and Leadership Council. She would like to attend college to study forensic science and criminology. If given the once in a lifetime opportunity of being crowned Miss O’Fallon, she would love to be a role model to the young kids that live in this town. Hannah strives to be her best and would represent this town to the very fullest. The past Miss O’Fallon’s have made big impacts and she hopes to get the chance to do the same. Hannah would like to instill to the community “just be who you want to be not what others want to see.”
Kennedy Kreidell, daughter of Ken and Jackie Kreidell, has lived in O’Fallon for all 17 years of her life. A rising senior, Kennedy is the co-founder and co-president of Chemistry Club, the President of Animal Rescue Club, and a member of Friends of Rachel Club, French Club, National Honors Society, National French Honors Society, Model U.N., and Rho Kappa, as well as being a member of the Varsity Golden Girls after being a member and captain of the Junior Varsity Golden Girls.
Kennedy began her volunteer experience through the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood Cancer at a young age. Every year, she and her family would participate in selling lemonade, hot dogs, and raffle tickets for a local chapter of the foundation. She continued this experience when she began working with the Toys for Tots foundation, helping to fundraise and distribute gifts to children and families during the Christmas season.
After graduation, Kennedy dreams to attend Stanford University in California to major in Biology and minor in French. She wishes to one day become a medical examiner or pathologist. For years, Kennedy has dreamed of becoming Miss O’Fallon because she wishes to share her stories and fundamental belief in kindness with the people of O’Fallon and expand her opportunity to become closer to her community.
Adriana Scagliarini loves life! She is thoughtful, with a kind heart and a gentle spirit. She is an outgoing people person that has a passion for serving others whether it be at St Nicholas parish, the O’Fallon Township Food Pantry, or Animal Rescue. She strives to be a positive role model and represent the community that has raised her.
She does small things with great love! If she were to be bestowed the title of Miss O’Fallon she would use her reign to give back to her city as well as continue to learn and grow from the experiences. Adriana is active in her high school as an honor roll student and dancing for the varsity Golden Girls. She is looking forward to her senior year and plans to continue her education with a business marketing and communications degree.
Contestant Number Five
Sienna Salcido, 17, is the daughter of Staci Salcido and Rich Salcido. She moved to O’Fallon in 2006 and since then, has been proud to be a part of a community that values academics, public safety, and economic opportunity. She feels so fortunate to have been able to be shaped into the wonderful young woman she is today by such a well-rounded city and is grateful to call O’Fallon her home.
Through O’Fallon’s amazing education system, Sienna has received outstanding grades and continues to push herself to become a better student everyday. She has been on the honor roll all through high school, a four-year member of the Golden Girls dance team, a three-year member of Friends of Rachel Club, a club that teaches students to spread kindness to others everyday. She is also a member of Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, Wellness Club, and a three-year member of Blizzard Club, a club that welcomes incoming freshman and helps them get adjusted to High School, and most recently has become a member of the National Honors Society. Sienna has also received the Scholar Athlete Award for the past three years. Receiving good grades and being involved in extracurricular activities has taught her responsibility, time management, and organization.
Sienna believes that spreading a little kindness is worth more than the greatest intention. To her, you will never regret being kind and it’s one of the most simple yet powerful ways to improve someone’s day. She hopes to spread this message to the youth in the community and teach them how one kind word can make a big difference.
Sienna plans on attending Saint Louis University to major in physical therapy with the hopes to help people recover from traumatic injuries and give them the best quality of life possible.
Contestant Number Six
Anna DeMonge, 17, is the daughter of Douglas and Debbi DeMonge. She has lived in O’Fallon her entire life attending Moye Elementary, Carriel Junior High, and now O’Fallon Township High School. Anna is about to start her second year as a Running Start student at Southwestern Illinois College. During her freshman and sophomore year, Anna participated in choir and was a member of both show choirs: Innovations and Great Expectations. She danced in February Frolics her sophomore and junior year and hopes to make it in for her senior year. Anna is also a member of the National Honor Society at O’Fallon. Anna’s favorite club, however, is OTHS’s Key Club and will be serving as the club’s treasurer this year.
Outside of school, Anna has been dancing at her studio, Taylor’s Academy of Dance for over thirteen years. Here, she enrolls in many classes such as ballet, tap, pointe, and contemporary. She is also employed at the studio. Anna has come to think of her dance studio as her second home. When she’s not at her studio, you can often find Anna watching movies or attending a musical at the Fox Theatre. On top of all this, Anna still maintains a 4.0 GPA and is on the Honor’s Roll at O’Fallon and the Dean’s List at SWIC.
Anna would love to win the title of Miss O’Fallon in order to help inspire the young people. As Miss O’Fallon, she would work diligently to become a role model who is passionate and stands up for what she believes in. She also wants every child to feel like they belong in this wonderful community. By doing this, Anna hopes she can make O’Fallon a wonderful and special place for everyone.
Contestant Number Seven
Miss Zoyalyn Stoll, 16, is the daughter of William and Vicenta Stoll. She was born and raised in O’Fallon, Illinois, attending St. Clare Catholic School from grades Kindergarten through eighth grade and is currently a senior at O’Fallon Township High School. Zoyalyn enjoys being highly involved in and outside of school. Throughout high school she has participated in many clubs, including the Friends of Rachel Club, HANDS Club, Key Club, Culture Mix Club, HOPE Retreat, Spanish Club, Chemistry Club, National Honor Society, and Philosophy Club. Outside of school, she is a member of St. Clare Catholic Church, has participated in the Luke 18 Retreat for four years, and is being considered for the Illinois Student Board of Education Student Advisory Council.
As a biracial teen with a first-generation Filipino immigrant mother and Caucasian father of European descent, Zoyalyn embraces her diverse culture as a member of the Filipino-American Association. There, she has participated in many different cultural dance performances including Tinikling, the national dance of the Philippines, Itik Itik, Maglalatik, and her personal favorite, Pandanggo sa Ilaw.
For the past three years, Zoyalyn has been a member of the O’Fallon Township High School choir, including two years of Chamber Choir and the Madrigals Court. She has also participated in O’Fallon’s Innovations Show Choir for two years. She has auditioned and made the Illinois Music Education Association District Chorus Festival and Honors All-State Chorus Festival for two years.
Besides performing, Zoyalyn shares her passion for music with other young musicians by teaching trumpet lessons. She teaches several middle school students from Fulton and Carriel Junior High the fundamentals and techniques of a well-rounded trumpet player. Through her church, she volunteers to cantor and play her trumpet during masses, liturgical holidays, and other special occasions and events. Her faith is important to her.
Contestant Number Eight
Laura Edwards, 17, is the daughter of Scott and Katie Edwards. As a military child, she moved around every two years but is glad to call O’Fallon her permanent home. Her family was stationed in O’Fallon from 2006-2008 during which time she made her first memorable friendships. She was able to maintain these friendships over several more moves, and when her dad chose to retire in O’Fallon in 2012, Laura was glad to return to such a friendly and supportive environment. Out of all the places Laura has lived, O’Fallon is her favorite. Therefore she would be honored to represent the town that has molded her into the well-rounded woman she is today.
Laura is a member of the National Honor Society, the Rho Kappa Honor Society, the National Society of High School Scholars, the French Honor Society, and has received the state commendation towards biliteracy in French. A four-year member of the Golden Girls high school dance team, Laura has enjoyed interacting with the youth of O’Fallon through the Golden Girls dance camp. Laura loves seeing the little girls excited to dance, reminding her of when she was younger and looked up to the older dancers. Laura is proud to have maintained over a 4.0 GPA while balancing her responsibilities both in and out of the classroom. She hopes to show others that with hard work and dedication, success is possible.
After graduation, Laura plans to major civil engineering and minor in psychology. She would like to share her skills with others by studying abroad and volunteering for Engineers Without Borders, an organization dedicated to helping communities become independent through assistance with their infrastructure and basic needs. As Miss O’Fallon, Edwards would be honored to serve as a role model for children in this community.
Ava Hipskind reflects on her time as Miss O’Fallon
“O’Fallon is not only an admirable city, but the place I have called my home for the past ten years. This city has shown me true kindness and love. Everyone in this community has been so supportive not only throughout my reign, but my whole life here. There would not be any other city I would be so proud to call my home.
This past year, as Miss O’Fallon 2017, has been one for the books. I have learned so much from our community and blessed to say I have grown up in such a positive and loving environment here. This year was very eventful as I had participated in several ribbon cuttings, parades, luncheons, memorial services, city events, and was a guest speaker at Joseph Arthur Middle School. Our community members amaze me at how involved they are and how much they care for this community of ours.
Not only is Miss O’Fallon about representing this city, but about giving back as well. I am beyond blessed for my reign this past year and the memories it brought me. Thank you, O’Fallon, for everything you have done for me, as well as teaching me the power of kindness and community involvement. I am grateful I have had the opportunity to be crowned and serve as Miss O’Fallon 2017.”