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Long may they reign in Goodhue

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2018 Miss Goodhue royalty are (from left) Miss Congeniality Ashley Clemens, Princess Elise Tipcke, Miss Goodhue Mary Poncelet and Princess Monica Atkinson. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 16
Miss Goodhue candidates perform an acapella and body percussion version of "White Winter Hymnal" by Fleet Foxes. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 16
2017 and 2018 Miss Goodhue royalty (left to right): Ashley Clemens, Elis Tipcke, Autumn Lindblom, Mary Poncelet, Madeline Lodermeier, Makayla Thompson, Monica Atkinson, Emily Benrud. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 16
A tradition of Goodhue and Volkfest, nine high school juniors competed for the titles of Miss Congeniality, princess, and Miss Goodhue on Friday, June 8, 2018. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 16
2017 royalty pose with the 2018 Volksfest King and Queen Curt and Marie Strusz. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 16
Judy and Roy Lodermeier are named 2018 Grand Marshals of Volksfest. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Monica Atkinson. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Samantha Bartholome. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia9 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Ashley Clemens. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia10 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Paige Holst. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia11 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Mackenzie Luhman. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia 12 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Brooklynn Meyer. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia13 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Mary Poncelet. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia14 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Elise Tipcke. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia15 / 16
Miss Goodhue 2018 contestant Jada Voth. Sarah Hansen / RiverTown Multimedia16 / 16

GOODHUE — The school auditorium was packed on Friday, June 8, with fans eager to cheer on their favorite royal hopefuls.

Candidates for Miss Goodhue crossed the stage with poise and grace as winners from years past read aloud their accomplishments. Nine girls competed for the titles of Miss Congeniality, princess and Miss Goodhue, including: Monica Atkinson, Samantha Bartholome, Ashley Clemens, Paige Holst, Mackenzie Luhman, Brooklynn Meyer, Mary Poncelet, Elise Tipcke and Jada Voth.

These girls carried impressive resumes, everything from donating 400 pairs of shoes to children in Zimbabwe and being a certified nursing assistant. The girls also work a variety of jobs including lifeguard, retail and farm labor. Many aspired to enter the health care field as doctors, psychologists and nurses.

In the end, the three judges had to make their call and the following 2018 Miss Goodhue royalty was crowned:

Mary Poncelet — Miss Goodhue

Monica Atkinson — Princess

Elise Tipcke — Princess

Ashley Clemens — Miss Congeniality

In addition, Curt and Marie Strusz are Volksfest king and queen and grand marshals the Sunday afternoon parade will be Judy and Roy Lodermeier.

"I'm going to try and set the best example possible, I'm really ecstatic," Poncelet said.