Sunday, August 9, 2009

Results of the 2009 Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant

Dear Friends of the Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant,
The 23rd annual MISS CZECH-SLOVAK US PAGEANT is now history. As with each pageant there are many highlights stemming from all the contestants. Speech eloquence, poise and appearance and personality were outstanding among all 14 contestants. 

The pageant was held at the Wilber Outdoor Theater in the heart of beautiful Wilber, NE. 14 contestants competed for the title of 2009-10 Miss Czech Slovak US. The contestants were evaluated on four categories: Private interview, Onstage Interview, Kroj (costume) modeling and Talent Presentation. The competition was exceptional!
Brianna Tichy, New Jersey, of Wodwich, New Jersey was crowned 2009-10 Miss Czech Slovak United States, along with winning Talent Runner Up. Brianna attends the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She is working on her Bachelor's degree in International Studies, with a focus on Eastern Europe and Post-communist countries. She is the daughter of Fred Tichy and Bridget DeFiccio. With the title Brianna will recieve $1500 cash, $2500 towards a trip to the Czech or Slovak Republic and a special $250 special scholarship in memory of John Rokusek and much more. Teresa Mahoney, Oregon, of Portland, Oregon was 1st Runner Up, Authentic Kroj Winner and the Alicia "Fiala" Rokusek Oratory Award. Carrie Brown, Nebraska, of Omaha, Nebraska won 2nd Runner Up. Christine Dowling, Kansas, of Hays, Kansas won Americanized Kroj and Grand Talent Winner. Leilani Kurtak, Arizona of Tucson, Arizona received the Lois Fiala Spirit of Czech/Slovak Heritage award. Tanya Jech, Illinois of Westchester, Illinois won the Heritage Involvement Award. Olivia Cada, Minnesota, of Shorewood, Minnesota received the Sokol talent routine award and Miss Congeniality.

Other than our above 7 winners, we had 7 other outstanding contestants, Michelle Barak, Texas; Olivia Buydos, Ohio; Amanda DeHoedt, Iowa; Samantha Hlinicky, Oklahoma; Kristy Kleinhans, Wisconsin; Valerie Smith, Missouri; and Cindy Syrovatka, South Dakota.

For pictures of our wonderful contestants, award winners and 2009 Queen and Court, please see our website Please feel free to utilize these pictures with your organization.

I would like to thank my pageant committee, Board of Directors, and all that helped to make this pageant a success.

If you are interested in competing in the 2010 Miss Czech Slovak US pageant, please contact myself or see our website for complete rules and regulations. .

I am excited to look forward to the Miss Czech Slovak US 2010 pageant August 6, 7, and 8 held during the National Czech Festival of Wilber, Nebraska.  

MaryElizabeth Lackey
Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant Director

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