Rifle’s Amy Humble crowned Miss Strawberry Days 2003
Post Independent Staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Amy Humble has one more achievement to add to her impressive list of accomplishments: Miss Strawberry Days 2003.
Humble, 20, won the crown Friday evening at Sayre Park after a thunderous rain shower threatened to drench her and the other 10 contestants of the historic contest. A Rifle High School alum, Humble was president of the student body there as well as captain of the swim and soccer teams.
Before the ceremony, a rainstorm drove Glenwood High School student Erika Toler, a singer/songwriter and student at Glenwood Springs High School, from the Strawberry Days main stage, and sent people running for cover. But the rain quickly passed, providing 2002 Miss Strawberry Days Jessie Smith a sunlit late afternoon ideal for passing on her Miss Strawberry Days crown.
“I’m excited and stunned,” said a smiling Humble, just after Bob Willey, the contest’s master of ceremonies, announced her name in front of a packed group of onlookers.
Humble receives a $1,500 college scholarship, which she’ll apply to her pre-law studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where she’s a junior with a 3.8 grade point average. After graduating from C.U., she plans to work in the Peace Corps in Africa.
She’s back home this summer, working for attorney Ira Karet and at the Springs Downtown Grill, which sponsored Humble’s entry into the contest.
“She’s an incredible girl,” said Springs’ co-owner Cyndie Reed. “She blows me away.”
Humble’s parents, Jeannie and Warren Humble, and her brother Douglas were on hand hugging Amy and congratulating her.
“I’m very happy for our daughter,” said Warren. “This is a lot of fun. She’s really a special lady.”
“This is just great,” added her mom, Jeannie.
“I didn’t plan on this,” Amy said. “For me, the most important part of this contest is that it makes the community aware of all the service organizations here, like Advocate Safehouse.”
For the past three years, Humble has volunteered as a rape crisis counselor at the Advocate Safehouse.
Humble is the oldest contestant in this year’s Miss Strawberry Days Scholarship Contest. Contestants must be between 16 and 20, and be valley residents.
Glenwood Springs High School 2003 graduate Cassie Carlson was Miss Strawberry Days’ second place winner, which earned her a $1,000 scholarship to Colorado State University where she’ll study psychology this fall.
Taking third runner-up was Sarah Corcoran, who just graduated from GSHS. She’ll attend C.U. this fall, and plans to major in business or criminology. She won a $500 scholarship.
Winning Miss Congeniality was Saylee Kerschen, 18, another 2003 GSHS graduate, who is heading to the University of Northern Colorado in the fall.
All of this year’s Miss Strawberry Days’ contestants have achieved much in their young lives. Kristen Pfendler, a GSHS senior, is a black belt and has won two world championship titles in martial arts.
Nicole Wagner, a GSHS junior, has been nominated to the “Who’s Who of American High School Students,” and wants to attend either U.C.L.A. or Stanford.
Kalicia-Lani Silas, a GSHS senior, has traveled extensively, including the United States, northern Europe and the Arctic Circle, and Erin Colonna, a 2003 Basalt High School graduate, received a certificate in fine arts from the town of Basalt.
BHS junior Maggie Wheeler-Bouchard has appeared in commercials for Bellavita Modeling Academy in Denver, and Alisa Tonozzi, a 2003 GSHS graduate, is heading to C.S.U. this fall to major in chemistry. And Lindsay Watkins, a 2003 BHS graduate, plans to attend the American Institute of Interior Design in Phoenix.
From 1913 to 2003
The first Miss Strawberry Days was crowned in 1913. Through the years, swimsuit competitions have given way to team-building events and intensive interviews with a panel of judges.
“If you look at the Frontier Historical Society’s 2003 calendar, you’ll see June’s photo is of nine women in swimsuits standing in a row, with about 300 men and boys staring at them,” said Willey. “That was from 1947. Miss Strawberry Days has come a long way since then.”
This year’s judges were Deb Onorofskie of Mesa National Bank, Vicky Daulton of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Mike Picore of Bank of Colorado and Rolf Hermanson of Thrivent Financial.
Onorofskie explained that through committee co-chairs Ginger Watts and Raelyn Westley, this year’s contestants visited residents at the Glen Valley Care Center nursing home earlier in the week, and joined in a team-building activity. They also were in a fashion show at the Hotel Colorado on Thursday evening, and interviewed individually with the panel of judges.
The final activity on Friday centered on spontaneously answering random questions each girl picked from a hat, before Humble was awarded the crown.
“This was not an easy decision,” said judge Mike Picore. “These girls are all wonderful.”
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