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Emily Klanderman is crowned Miss Hudson 2008

The judges picked Emily Klanderman from 15 candidates to serve as Hudson's goodwill ambassador for the coming year.

The soon-to-be Hudson High School junior appeared stunned when emcee Dave Bordeau called her name at the end of the Miss Hudson Pageant held Thursday evening, July 3, in the high school auditorium.

Earlier this week, her mother, Cheryl, said she would add "thrilled" and "overwhelmed" to the emotions Emily felt when she was crowned 2008 Miss Hudson.

"And now I would add zealous," Cheryl Klanderman reported, saying that Emily is excited about serving her community in the year ahead.

Emily was at her job as a lifeguard at the Hudson Middle School pool when a reporter called the Klanderman residence.

When asked during the pageant how she would describe Hudson to someone who had never been here, Emily said it is a family-friendly community with fun activities to participate in during all four seasons.

Emily's mother is a first-grade teacher at Hudson Prairie Elementary School. Her father, Mark, is the assistant director of facilities and grounds for the Hudson School District.

She was introduced to the pageant audience as a girl who enjoys singing in her high school and church choirs and helping her mother in her classroom.

Selected as 2008 Hudson princesses were Courtney Coulter, daughter of Brad and Maren Coulter; Shelby Lokken, daughter of Scott and Kim Lokken; and Brittany Russell, daughter of Randy and Patti Russell.

Courtney received a gift basket for selling the most $5 tickets to the pageant.

The 2008 pageant featured a celebration of 60 years of the Miss Hudson program. It featured a slide show of pictures of most of the Hudson royalty since Yvonne (Stewart) Hoel was crowned the first Miss Hudson on Jan. 28, 1949.

Two early Miss Hudsons, 1954's Joyce (Foss) Johnson and 1955's Janice (Penman) Fussell, were present and greeted the audience of around 350 people.

Sletten & Brettin Orthodontics of Hudson and the city of Hudson were the major sponsors of this year's pageant.

The program also featured an opening dance number by the Miss Hudson candidates, a welcome by emcee Dave Bordeau, an introduction of the judges, an appearance by the candidates in their evening gowns, the candidates' on-stage responses to a question, entertainment by two dance troupes from Helmer Dance Studio and the introduction of visiting royalty.

The 2007 royal court -- Miss Hudson Kyra Wangert and Princesses Andrea Watts, Christine Claflin and Ali Schachtner -- gave its farewell.

Much of the judges' decision was based on individual interviews with the candidates that took place a week earlier.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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