Evans was sponsored by Concrete Designs, of Hamburg, who enabled her participation in the pageant.
EDEN — Madison Evans is headed to high school in a few weeks, but a year of new experiences started early for the incoming Hamburg freshman, as she was crowned Junior Miss Eden Sweet Corn at the Eden Corn Festival. Her aunt, Isabella Lorenz, competed in the pageant two years ago, and the two decided to do it together, this year.
“Twice a week, [the competitors] would get together to learn the dance routine, practice questions and answers, the interview, and get ready for the pageant,” Evans explained. “It was a lot of fun getting to know the other girls.”
She was sponsored by Concrete Designs of Hamburg, since each prospective queen is required to raise money, to participate in the pageant.
Each girl was asked one question onstage, and Evans was challenged with reporting her role model and what she would want to show her, if she had the opportunity.
“I said Taylor Swift, because of all she has to give,” Evans said. “And I would want to show her around Eden and Hamburg, and show her all we have to give, too.”
Evans said that, after being crowned, giving is going to become a big part of her life, for the next year. The Sweet Eden Corn Queen and Evans are charged with participating in community service, throughout the upcoming year, before handing off their crowns, and that responsibility, to the 2015 winners. The girls are expected to be role models for other young ladies in the community, something Evans, the oldest of five girls, is no stranger to trying. Her sisters, ages 9, 6, 3 years old and 8 months, look up to her as a role model.
“I’m always trying to be a good role model for my sisters, because they look up to me,” Evans said. “I like to try new things and do different things, because that’s something I want my sisters to be able to do, too.”
Junior Miss Eden Sweet Corn Madison Evans (left) with her cousin, Isabella Lorenz, who took Miss Eden Sweet Corn runner-up.
Lorenz is something of an older sister to Evans, too, or the closest thing she has to it, she said. “I guess she’s kind of a role model for me,” she said. “We do a lot of things together, and she helped me prepare for the pageant a lot.”
One of those preparations, Evans said, is picking out the right gown.
“A lot of the girls wear prom-like dresses, but because I’m short, I wanted to do something different. Mine was shorter and ruffled at the bottom, like a cupcake,” she explained. “I wanted something I felt confident in.”
A baby-sitter, soccer and tennis player and photography enthusiast, Evans said she plans to add visiting sick children in local hospitals to her roster of activities, as part of her Junior Sweet Corn Queen duties.
“Little girls love the idea of princesses,” she said. “It’s so fun to be in the parade and wave and see the little girls say, ‘Princesses! Princesses!’ I think going and talking to the kids [in the hospital] will be a good thing for me to do, as [Junior Miss Sweet Corn].”
Visiting hospitals will give Evans a taste of her future, since she plans to go to nursing school after high school, to follow in DeLuca’s footsteps. After that, she plans to become a state trooper.
“I like the idea of serving my community,” she said. “And both nurses and troopers do that. They’re needed.”
In order to reach those goals, she plans to get high honors in high school, where she also expects to learn more about who she is, socially as well as academically.
“In elementary school, you kind of hang out with the same group of kids, the whole time,” she explained. “Then, in middle school, you make some new friends and branch out. In high school, I think you find out more who your lifelong friends are going to be.”
As she embarks on her high school career, the Junior Miss Eden Sweet Corn will be busy with her school work, community service, extracurricular activities and as the year draws to a close, preparing to hand off the crown to next year’s winner.
At the 2015 pageant, Evans’ duties will include helping the queen to lead the dance routine, give a goodbye speech and hand off the crown to next year’s junior queen. But she is not thinking too much about that, yet.
“I’m going to be busy,” she said, with a laugh. “But it’s something I enjoy, trying new things and helping others.”