Reagan Minnette admits she has a really big personality that can sometimes be misunderstood.
However, it was her outgoing personality combined with her strength of character, academic achievements, community involvement and poise and grace on stage Saturday that earned her the crown in the 14th annual Strawberry Festival Queen Contest held at Crawfordsville High School.
“I am just in complete disbelief,” the Crawfordsville High School junior said following the crowning. “Happy, yes, but still in disbelief.”
This was the second time Minnette entered the contest, and she knew going in she had to better prepare herself for the judges interview portion.
“This time I really focused on having a meaningful conversation with each of the judges instead of seeing them as someone whose only job was to pick a queen,” Minnette said. “I was more relaxed and felt more like I was being my real self.”
That is what Minnette likes most about the queen contest.
“This program is so supportive of each girl and truly wants them to know that it is OK to be who you are and that who you are is enough,” she said.
Minnette, who is the daughter of Kent and Erica Minnette of Crawfordsville, will reign over the annual Strawberry Festival held June 14-16 on the grounds of Lane Place. Joining her on the royal court will be Marley Dyson, first runner-up; Jane Scheidler, second runner-up; and Rylie Koopman, Miss Congeniality. Koopman also earned the program’s mental attitude award. Kendall Kerns won the photogenic award and Madesyn Caldwell was named humanitarian for raising the most donations to the local Family Crisis Shelter. In all, the 26 queen contestants collected 1,500 items.
Also crowned Saturday were junior royalty — Jocelynn Shelton, princess, and Wylder Norwood, prince.