The Minneapolis Aqua-tennial is here. As with tradition, the events will include the Queen of the Lakes Coronation on July 19, 7 to 9 p.m. As part of the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes Scholarship Program, a Queen of the Lakes and two Aquatennial Princesses are chosen to represent the festival and city of Minneapolis all over Minnesota, the nation and Canada. Approximately fifty young women represent communities throughout the state of Minnesota participating in this once-in-a-lifetime program. At the end of their year of service as an ambassador of the festival, the queen and princesses receive educational scholarships.
This year the city of Isanti will be represented by Mikayla Miller from Stacy.
“I decided to run for ambassadors to meet new people and learn new things not only about my community but others as well,” Miller said.
She added she hopes to “get Isanti’s name out to other communities.
“We are a very small town and I want other people to know us and our amazing rodeo that goes along with our community,” she said.
Miller is a graduate of North Branch Area High School and during her years there was active in cheerleading, dance team, track and field, student council, and national honor society. She is currently a student at North Dakota State University, where she is studying for a major in marketing. Miller is also active in her church and said “volunteering through my church has kept me busy just about my whole life. I have been an alter server, prayer partner, confirmation sponsor, and worked in the nursery. What I enjoy most about doing all of this is it brings me closer to God and to the rest of the people that are also involved in the church.” Miller also enjoys biking and rollerblading.
After graduation Miller said she plans to “obtain a steady job in the field of marketing and live in a community where town pride is strong.”
For those who would like to attend the coronation or other Minneapolis Aquatennial events, tickets are available online at www.tickets.umn.edu/UMATO/Online/article/2013Aquatennial.