Update: 2012 Miss Hudson is crowned.
Eleven candidates vied to be on the Hudson Court this year. Emcee for the evening was Cheri Buelow. Candidate Jordan Stewart sold the most tickets for the evening, earning her a gift basket.
The evening began with a group dance by the candidates. They returned to the stage in the evening gowns, were introduced and shared their favorite quote, including ones from Mark Twain, Walt Disney and Winston Churchill before answering their candidate question.
Selected to be on the 2012 court were princesses Hannah Van Sickle, Amanda Heinecke and Katie Barber. Kim Layman was crowned queen.
Hannah Van Sickle, daughter of Dave and Jo Woodward, was sponsored by Ala'Mode Salon and Spa. She has been involved with Feed My Starving Children and Youth Action Hudson. One of her favorite ways to contribute to the community is through the Re-Wear Store, where teens can purchase fashionable items at a considerable discount.
Van Sickle hopes to provide a strong role model for younger children, gain leadership opportunities and new friendships as she starts a new chapter in her life as a member of the Hudson court.
Amanda Heinecke, daughter of Shawn Heinecke and Tami Sherman and Jeff Warren, was sponsored by Divine Custom Homes. Amanda is a member of the National Honor Society and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions).
Her main passion is dance and this is her second year on the Hudson Raidaires Varsity Dance Team.
As a member of the Hudson Court, she looks forward to more volunteer opportunities and becoming a role model for those in need. Amanda hopes to grow individually through experiences she will have in the coming year.
Katie Barber, daughter of Dan and Terri Barber, was sponsored by County Market. Barber's interests include being on the Hudson cheerleading squad and singing and playing guitar. Her true passion is helping others. She is part of the student mentor program at school, volunteers at Ronald McDonald House and assists with religion classes at her church.
As part of the Hudson Court, she hopes to meet new people and make new friendships from surrounding communities as well as gain more self-confidence.
Kim Layman, daughter of Matt Layman and Andrea Johnson, was sponsored by Lavender Thymes. Her interests include singing in Hudson High School choirs, composing music and performing her own music.
She volunteers for Teen Encounter Christ. Layman also challenges herself academically by taking advance placement courses. She is also a personal care assistant for a child with autism and works at a local boutique. After high school, she plans to attend Luther College.
Layman feels being Miss Hudson will give her the opportunity to represent the community with optimism, enthusiasm and confidence.
Each candidate was asked to provide a biography and answer why they wanted to be on Miss Hudson. This information is directly from those responses.
The new court will attend more than 30 area parades and will assist with an equal number of Hudson Community events throughout the year.
This was the 66th Miss Hudson Pageant. In 1985, 43 candidates competed for a crown. It was the largest number in the history of the pageant.