After seven months of hard work, the crowing moment finally came Friday night.
Addison Oberg was named Miss Trail 2012 while Ashley Horrill was selected Trail’s Princess in front of a big crowd at the Charles Bailey Theatre.
It was a night filled with honours for Oberg who was also named Miss Congeniality (an award her sister, Melanie Oberg, won in 2010), and presented with the talent award for an art exhibition slideshow as well as the award for being the “most dedicated.”
It was all a bit overwhelming for 16-year-old J.L. Crowe student.
“It’s such an honour,” said Oberg. “I didn’t think I was going to get it. I’m so proud of how far all the girls have come, it was very touching and I was trying so hard not to tear up but I did in the end.”
Horrill, also a 16-year-old Crowe student, admitted it still hadn’t sunk in.
“It feels like I’m still in a dream.
I couldn’t believe it, I reacted and then I kind of paused and didn’t know what was going to happen next. But then Megan (McIntyre, 2011 princess) was crying, and that’s when I knew it was real.”
Friday’s Trail Ambassador program showcased several unique talents and highlighted each candidate’s hard work, dedication and passion for their community—along with several new skills.
“We learned a lot,” said Horrill “It’s so worthwhile.”
During the seven-month training period, the candidates learned about public speaking, the history of the area and how to speak to municipal delegates.
But the girls prized their newly found confidence and budding friendships above all else.
“We’re all winners,” said Horrill. “I will remember this experience forever. I’ve made lifelong friends, I know that I can come back to Trail whenever they’re in town and reminisce about our memories of being in Miss Trail.”
The audience was filled with tears of joy, a sense of pride as well as a long line of supportive friends and family from within the community.
Michelle Epp, the program coordinator, admitted there were some concerns that with 11 candidates the evening might be a long one. But she credited pageant coordinator Bev Benson for her amazing work.
She added the pageant drew rave reviews from those in attendance.
Some of the highlights included a group of candidates who won other awards like Miss Italo Canadese, Melissa Tracanelli – the Speech Award; Miss Trail Rotary Katy Fowler and Miss Hall Printing Caitlin Crockett – the Blossoms: Trail Communities in Bloom Award; Miss Colombo Lodge Serena Ross – the Conscientious Award; and Miss Trail Firefighters IAFF Local 941 Kelsa Quakenbush – the Perseverance Award.