A big change took place with this year’s pageant. For the first time since its inception many years ago, a teen king as well as a teen queen was crowned. States and provinces have had teen kings for some time, but until now their role at the pageant was being escorts for the queen candidates.
The actual competition began with morning interviews on Wednesday, July 9th with the Teen Queen Tea and interviews with the Judges, four Burlington area women with backgrounds in the arts and business. Wednesday afternoon the talent competition was held. MC, Don Lanoue introduced members of the 2013 court on hand including Beth O’Neal, Miss Congeniality, Erin Martone, 4th Runner-up, Brittany Huryn, 1st Runner-up, and Miss FCRV ,Hannah Robb. This year’s nine young ladies did the usual singing, dancing and playing instruments, however the four young men were thrown a surprise when their skill task was to draw a picture of a tent and campfire with markers on an art pad while describing their drawing.
The evening portion began with the candidates and last year’s court dancing to “Cotton Eyed Joe’” starting in the audience and ending on stage. Segment one was the 2 minute prepared essay on one of 3 topics – children’s nutrition, social media, and FCRV. While contestants changed from green t-shirts and tan short into evening gowns and suits, Hannah Robb sang “Let it Go.” Following the formal wear walk the judges left to deliberate and the four members of last year’s court and Miss FCRV 2012, Alyssa Robb entertained.
Results of the first round of judging were : Top 3 Talent – Emily Kurburski, MI, Mercedes Tennyson, KS, and Kerri McHale, NY. Top 2 Mr. Skill – Anthony Tennyson,KS, Fletcher Shaneyfelt, IN . The finalists were then revealed – Queen – Emily Kurburski, Rebecca Coniglio, FL, Mercedes Tennyson, King – Shawn Crookedacre, MI, Fletcher Shaneyfelt. At this point the judging came down to the final question. “ What do you feel is your greatest achievement and why?”
While the judges left for their final task, Pageant Chairman, Sarah Camp thanked her assistants, Elizabeth Camp and Anne Brayman as well as the stage moms for their help. The escorts were also introduced (list unavailable). Young ladies escorted the king contestants. Prior to the crowning of a new court, Miss FCRV 2013, Hannah Robb, KY took her final walk as her sister, Alyssa read her farewell speech for her.
As everyone waited with anticipation, Don Lanoue read the titles – Second Runner-up is Mercedes Tennyson, 15, daughter of Rebecca Davis and Thomas Tennyson, Coffeyville, KS, independent members. Her talent was tap dancing to “Red Rose.” Mercedes was also chosen as Miss Talent. First Runner-up is Emily Kurburski, 16, daughter of Anne and Foster Kurburski, Harbor Springs, MI, members of the Traverse Bay Travellers. Her talent was a Scottish dance. Miss FCRV 2014 is Rebecca Coniglio, 17, daughter of Beth and Lou Coniglio, Spring Hill, FL, independent members. Her talent was a contemporary ballet to “Bring Him home.” She was also selected as Miss Congeniality. Named Mr. Skills is Anthony Tennyson, 17, son of tom Tennyson and Rebecca Davis, Coffeyville, KS, independent members. First Runner-up is Shawn Crookedacre, 17, son of Shannon and Louise Crookedacre, Flint, MI, members of the Tails-A-Wagon. The FCRV Teen King 2014 is Fletcher Shaneyfelt, 18, son of Ed and Angie Shaneyfelt, Decatur, IN, members of Rainbow Chapter #108. Also representing their states / provinces in the pageant were Jack Skillings 17, ONT, Kerri McHale 14, NY, Skyler Hoover 16, PA, Jessica Stuckwisch 16, IN, Ashley Skillings 17, ONT, Allyson Gregio 19, OH, and Amanda Yarrison 13, CT. This year’s audience saw FCRV history being made.