NEWPORT — Allison Howald, a Newport High School senior was crowned Queen of the 104th Annual Newport Winter Carnival at the Newport Opera House Friday night.
Allie also captured the Talent Award dancing ballet en pointe to “Once Upon a December” from the musical, “Anastasia” with choreography by Laura Jackson.
The daughter of John and Amy Howald, her goal is to become a New Hampshire Fish and Game Officer.
Roy Malool presented a gift to Amy and her mother, a cruise to Bermuda or up the St. Lawrence Seaway.
First runner-up in the queen competition was Madison Hemingway, daughter of Chad and Rebecca Hemingway. A senior at Kearsarge Regional High School, Madison has several future goals.
They include becoming a dance teacher for the community, to work in criminal justice, own two dogs and to not regret anything. She is most proud of teaching dance to younger kids and having an impact on them.
Jenna Maheu, a junior at Newport High School, and the daughter of Wendy Maheu and Jeremy Maheu, was second runner-up. Her extra curriculars/hobbies include playing field hockey, basketball, and softball. She is secretary of the high school student council and enjoys singing and playing the piano and ukulele.
Jenna was also presented the Lisa Gauvin Award.
Alexandra Richardson, a Newport High School senior, captured the Top Fundraising Award and was also selected as Miss congeniality.
Alex is a pet lover. She has three dogs, Sadie, Bucky and Stormy and three cats, Jojo, Diamond and MJ. Alex is the daughter of Brent Richardson and Becky Keenan.
Also participating in the queen competition were Hailey Bent, a Newport High School senior. Her parents are Aliesha Giglio, Mark Giglio, Russell Bent and Kym Bent; Peggy Greenhalgh, a senior at NHS and daughter of Alan Greenhalgh, and Kelsey Wheeler, a junior at Newport and daughter of Craig Wheeler.
The queen contestants were judged in four categories including private interview, 25 percent; on-stage question, 20 percent; talent performance, 35 percent and evening gown, 20 percent.
Other talent performances included Hemingway, dancing a Jazz Fusion Solo to “Looking at Me” by Sabrina Carpenter with choreography by Bryanna Rowley; Bent, singing “The House That Built Me” by Miranda Lambert; Wheeler, public speaking; Maheu, singing “Never Enough” from “The Greatest Showman” accompanied by Emma Nelson on piano; Richardson, performs the song “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri using American Sign Language, and Greenhalgh, described a radio controlled Jeep she designed and built and then demonstrated it on an obstacle course.
The Opera House program opened with the queen contestants singing “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Maroon 5 with choreography by Nicole Galloway. Master of Ceremonies Anthony DiPaola Jr. welcomed the audience and introduced Natasha Whipple, 2019 Winter Carnival Queen.
Escorts for the evening were Cameron Hall and Josh Relente. Judges were Evan Clinton, Michelle Ricco Jonas, and Elizabeth Landis.
The princes and princesses were Kensley Ayotte, Carter Beauchaine, Killeyannah Butler, Emma Charlebois, Alexander Couitt, Lucia Merrigan, Tyler Milyaro, Blake Minckler, Isabella Mull, Willow Putnam, and Taylor Russell.
The audience gave an impressive round of applause for “this terrific trio who put their hearts and souls into creating a memorable 2020 Winter Carnival Pageant for all of us.” They included Jauntessa Ash, Kristie Howe and Hannah Everitt.