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    Miss Kemp 2006 Pageant Highlights
Special to The Monitor
   KEMP –Laura Fogleman was crowned this year’s Miss Kemp during the Miss Kemp Scholarship Pageant.
   The scholarship pageant was open to junior students attending Kemp High School.
   The daughter of Cal and Carol Fogleman, Laura was crowned Saturday, in the Kemp High School cafetorium.
   Crowning Laura Fogleman as Miss Kemp 2006 was Presley Greenhaw, Miss Kemp 2005.
Fogleman is a junior, and as Miss Kemp will receive a $500 scholarship from the City of Kemp and the Kemp Chamber of Commerce Branch.
   “We have lots of beautiful girls this year,” Pageant Director Elian Bakke said as she opened the evening’s festivities as Mistress of Ceremonies.
   Contestants were introduced one by one wearing their evening gowns.
The first contestant to take the stage modeling her evening gown was Victoria Laster, followed by Amber Prine, Jennifer Thomas, Spencer Patel, Erin Cox, Alex Valentine, Carissa Ewalt, Laura Fogelman, Ashley Zellmer and Ana Villanueva.
Each contestant had learned professional modeling techniques while practicing for the pageant.
They used these techniques while also modeling a business attire outfit and then when participating in a runway show in their casual wear attire.
Steve Brooks provided upbeat music with each performance by the contestants.
Spencer Patel was named first runner-up and Ashley Zellmer was selected as second runnerup.
Live entertainment throughout the evening was provided by Bryton and Laryssa Bonacquisti of Dallas, and Kemp High School’s own talented pianist, Michael Renfro. Gun Barrel City UPS employee Melissa Rae sang while playing her 12-string guitar.
The evening built up to a climax, and following the intermission, the winner was crowned Miss Kemp 2006.
The difficult task of choosing just one girl for Miss Kemp fell to the judges. JoAnn Hanstrom, president of the Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, has served as judge for numerous local and regional pageants, including the recent Miss Athens Pageant.
Sherry Hanson, who has been involved in all facets of pageants for more than 30 years, and her husband Jim Hanson, with 24 years of service in the Miss America Organization, also graciously served this year as pageant judges.
The 11 young women were all worthy contestants as their biographies, listed here demonstrate.
Miss Kemp 2006 Laura Fogleman, 16, the daughter of Carol and Cal Fogleman, plans to attend Trinity Valley Community College to obtain basic course work.
She already has accumulated 27 hours. Then plans call for transferring to a four- year university to major in public relations and a minor in business.
She loves to dance and has modeled for Great America. She also has other musical talents.
She is class salutatorian and a member of “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” and the National Honor Roll.
She has been a lieutenant and captain of the Stingerettes drill team. She is vice president of the junior class and Jacket Pride Band. She is first chair in her section.
She is currently the president of the student council, Spanish Club member, and member of the Future Career and Community Leaders of America, vice president of the Business Professionals of America and secretary of the Beta Club.
Victoria Laster, 18, daughter of Pamela and Robert Laster, is in the “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” for English. In district UIL, she received an alternate placement for poetry interpretation.
Her talents are singing, running, writing and reciting poetry and organizing special events.
She competed at state level in cross country and also appeared in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” for athletics.
She sings in her church choir and prepared something special for Black History Month.
Amber Prine, 17, daughter of Karla and DeWayne Prine, was accepted to attend the Congressional Student Leadership Conference, nominated to “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” and is a member of The National Honor Society of High School Scholars and inducted into the National Honor Roll, having maintained a 3.6 GPA. She is also a member of Beta Club, Business Professionals of America and her church youth group.
Jennifer Thomas, 17, daughter of Theresa and Mark Thomas, plans to go to the University of Texas at Arlington and major in accounting. Her scholastic honors include A-Honor Roll, School Board Award, National Honor Roll, and the National Scholars Honor Society.
Thomas is also a regional qualifier for powerlifting, All-American Cheerleader nominee and “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.”
She belongs to the National Beta Club, Business Professionals of America, student council and prom committee.
Spencer Patel, 17, daughter of Debi and the late Mahendrakumar Patel, plans to attend Texas A&M University, majoring in business finance.
She is in the top 10 percent of her class and listed in “Who’s Who Among Texas High School Students,” and National Honor Roll. She is the recipient of the KISD Board of Trustees Award and was selected for People to People Student Ambassador Conference in Japan.
She is a member of the Beta Club, varsity basketball, volleyball and varsity cheerleader.
Erin Cox, 17, daughter of Jana and Timothy Cox.
She plans to attend Trinity Valley Community College and hopes to transfer to the University of Texas or UTA to continue her studies in education.
She was named “Sophomore of the Year,” “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” and named to the National Honor Roll. Cox is in the top 10 percent of her class and achieved perfect attendance her freshman year.
She is a Kemp Little League drill assistant, Director’s Choice Award recipient, a member of Dance Elite, voted “Best personality of the freshman class” and named to the All-American Drill Team.
She is class president, secretary of Business Professionals of America, Future Career and Community Leaders of America and Beta Club treasurer. Also secretary of the student council, captain of drill team 2004-05 and lieutenant of drill team 2005-06.
Alex Valentine, 17, daughter of Vicki and Bob Valentine, wants to pursue a career in the nursing field. She will take a Health Science Technology course as preparation.
She is in “Who’s Who Among American High School Students,” the top 10 percent of her class, National Honor Roll and Beta Club.
She was second team all-district in volleyball, all-academic in volleyball, honorable mention in basketball and voted “Best personality in the junior class.”
She is secretary of the junior class, a member of the student council, Business Professionals of America, Spanish Club and Future Career and Community Leaders of America.
Carissa Ewalt, 17, daughter of Debbie and Rodney Ewalt, plans to attend community college then transfer to North Texas College in Denton to study broadcasting, production and communication.
She is enrolled in a dual-credit English class and working on graduating with honors on the distinguished plan. She has been on the “A” and “B” honor rolls.
She enjoys singing karaoke and has acted in two plays.
She is a member of the Business Professionals of America, the Spanish Club, and is on the yearbook staff.
She was voted, “Best eyes” and “2005 football sweetheart". She is also a varsity cheerleader.
Ashley Zellmer, 17, daughter of Amy and Joseph Lindaman, plans to attend TVCC and then the University of Texas. She wants to pursue a career in the medical field.
She participated in varsity volleyball, where she was a first team all-district selection, and second team all-district in basketball. She was on the drill team and Business Professionals of America.
Ana Villanueva, 17, daughter of Maria and Silvino Villanueva, wants to enter nursing and work her way to becoming a brain surgeon.
She is talented in Folkloric dancing and Spanish vocal singing.
She is a member of the Spanish Club, Honor Award Achievements, Soccer Team winner, volleyball player, softball player, “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” And, she has achieved the top 10 percent in Mexico and USA schools.
Assisting with the production of the pageant were: Jill McKinley – administration, stage manager Marti Stokes, makeup and hair – Amanda Garvin, DJ Steve Brooks, sound system – Kenneth Pointer, stage PA/lights – Kemp High School students, stage decoration – Celebration Party Rentals, dressing and interview rooms – Jana Hyde and Kenneth Pointer, consultant – Angie Ellis, and program design – Jamye Perelli.
Sponsors for the event include First National Bank of Kemp, Capt’n “B” Florist, New Horizons Daycare, Harvey’s Exxon, Liz and Seth Loncar at BEST Realty Group, Tom Anderson Dentistry, Miss to Mrs. Bridal, McClain’s Restaurant, Hotties Tanning Salon, Southern Brunch, Tatom’s Bookkeeping and Tax Service, A-1 Trophies and Bakke Enterprises.

Class of ‘96 plans reunion
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KEMP–The Kemp High School Class of 1996 is in the process of planning its 10-year reunion.
The reunion is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 21.
In order to receive information as plans unfold, we are asking each graduate to please email their contact information to Melissa (Tenney) Jones at or Kim (Reed) Vincent at

Lake Area Business Expo set for May 11
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SEVEN POINTS–For several years, The Greater Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce has fielded requests from members and other local businesses and organizations to sponsor a Business Expo, designed to showcase products, services, memberships and all manner of information.
These events are typically open to the public and the First Annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Business Expo, slated for 3 p.m., May 11, at Lakeview Assembly of God Gymnasium in Seven Points will be no different.
The Chamber is currently accepting applications from members and non-members alike and according to Jo Ann Hanstrom, President of the Chamber, “There’s been a tremendous interest in this event and the spaces are filling up just like we anticipated. We started with four corporate sponsor spots and currently there’s one available and someone has indicated an interest in that premier booth, so it will be sold very soon.”
However, Hanstrom went on to say that the organizers can create some additional premier spaces if there’s a need.
The regular spaces are a minimum of 8'x10' and most are 10'x10', a skirted table and backdrop are included in the price.
The spaces are priced at $125 for Chamber members and $195 for non-members.
Exhibitor set-up will be from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. May 11.
Doors open to the public at 3 p.m.
The corporate sponsorship spaces are $350 each and include a premier booth space, logo on the banner and additional advertising in the media.
Outdoor spaces for car/trailer/boat dealers are available for $350 each also and include the same “extras” as the corporate sponsorships.
All of the vendors are being asked to provide door prizes to give away during the event, making this a fun family outing for the public.
If you’re a business owner and want more information or an application, please call the Chamber of Commerce at (903) 887-3152 or email
For the Cedar Creek Lake area citizen looking for a fun afternoon, with door prizes, information on all manner of goods and services, food, fun and giveaways, mark your calendar for 3 p.m. Thursday, May 11, and come on out to the First Annual Cedar Creek Lake Area Business Expo.