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Times-Mail / GARET COBBMITCHELL — The 2014 Persimmon Festival queen and her court. Front row, left to right: Princess Fiona Schlegel, Queen Anna Kluender, Princess Meghan Emberton. Back row, left to right: Princess Chelsea Terrell, Miss Congeniality Mecala Lester, Princess Mattie England, Princess Christanna Rayhill, and Princess Madison McNeely.
MITCHELL — “Wow,” was the reaction expressed by 16-year-old Anna Louise Kluender after being named the 2014 Persimmon Festival Queen on Monday night.
“I didn’t go into the contest expecting to win,” she said. “I really got to know a lot of the girls really well. You know them, but in a pageant like this you get to know them personally.”
She said she enjoyed the experience of getting dressed up for the event.
“I never thought I’d be a pageant girl,” she said.
Kluender is the daughter of Jill and Andy Kluender and is a junior at Mitchell High School. She is a member of SADD, Student Council, Tri-Hi-Y, Key Club, French Club, Fresh Start, Science Club and Art Club, and is assistant coach of the Mitchell Junior High School Spell Bowl team. She attends Calvary Lutheran Church.
She is joined in the court by Miss Congeniality Mecala Nicole Lester and princesses Chelsey Terrell, Fiona Schlegel, Mattie England, Christanna Rayhill, Madison Elizabeth NcMeely and Meghan Jade Emberton.