EVART- Lydia Wetters approached the microphone with confidence at the 2012 ‘Miss Evart’ pageant. When asked by the judges about volunteering, she excitedly told them about her summer plans.

“I’m going on a missions trip to Nicaragua to work with orphans,” Wetters said.

Now part of her winnings as ‘Miss Evart’ will help fund the trip.

Wetters was one of five girls in grades nine through 12 who displayed talent and poise as they competed for the title and $500 at the pageant held Friday at Evart Middle School.

Five judges, consisting of local newspaper staff and court employees, evaluated the contestants based on public speaking, answers to personal interview, display of casual and formal dress and talent.

Talents ranged from dancing to singing to reading poetry.

“I feel a little bit bad that my friends didn’t win, because they deserved it just as much as I did,” Wetters said.

When asked about her role model during her personal interview, Wetters shared a touching story with the judges about her grandfather. Lydia said she looked up to him for having faith and fighting for his life after a bypass surgery that did not look promising.

“The nurses at the hospital put all odds against him, but he got home amazingly fast,” Wetters said.

Along with the Miss Evart competition, girls and boys grade eight and below competed for the title of Snow Prince and Princess.

Ashton Moyer, 11, showed her audience her musical talent and played ‘Amazing Grace’ on her recorder.

“We’ve been hearing that recorder wherever we go,” said Michelle Visscher, Ashton’s grandmother. “She’s been playing it quite a bit.”

When asked by the judges during the personal interview portion of the contest, Ashton’s love for music rang true.

“I want to be a flutist in a band,” she said.

The winner of the Miss Evart, Snow Prince and Snow Princess pageants were all announced at the Sweetheart Dance sponsored by the GFC Evart Women’s Club on Saturday.

The Snow Prince and Snow Princess were Josiah Beard, 6, and Ashley Burhans, 11.

The pageant was originally scheduled for Dec. 2, but was postponed due to lack of interest at the time.

“I’m really proud that we did this,” event organizer Jan Booher said. “Look at them shine.”

The event, sponsored by the Evart Chamber of Commerce, is in its fifth year, and Booher hopes to improve the event in the future.

“I’d like to break it down into more categories so we don’t have the little kids with older ones for the Snow Prince and Princess (competition),” Booher said.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Sarah Neubecker also was a judge.