The 2013 Miss Harmony and her court were crowned during coronation ceremonies on Saturday evening at Wheeler's Bar and Grill in Harmony.  From left are First Attendant Victoria Peterson, Little Miss Harmony Kayden Shaw, Miss Harmony Sarah Reicks, Little Miss Harmony Soraya Hershberger and Second Attendant and Miss Congeniality Sydnie Huffman.
The 2013 Miss Harmony and her court were crowned during coronation ceremonies on Saturday evening at Wheeler's Bar and Grill in Harmony. From left are First Attendant Victoria Peterson, Little Miss Harmony Kayden Shaw, Miss Harmony Sarah Reicks, Little Miss Harmony Soraya Hershberger and Second Attendant and Miss Congeniality Sydnie Huffman.
The 2013 Miss Harmony and her attendants have been crowned and the three young ladies are excited to begin their reign. As the members of the court discussed their upcoming responsibilities, the girls were already planning how they could volunteer in the community as well as explore other service opportunities in the surrounding area.

"It was great to get so involved in the community," explained Sarah Reicks, who was crowned as this year's Miss Harmony in last Saturday evening's coronation ceremony. She and her fellow royalty were discussing the community service opportunities they experienced during the week prior to their coronation.

"Volunteering was seriously the most fun," said First Attendant Victoria Peterson. "We had the chance to meet new people."

Sydnie Huffman, this year's second attendant and Miss Congeniality, agreed and said it was definitely a good experience for them all.

The girls agreed that visiting the nursing home, where they heard a lot of stories from the older residents, and taking care of the young children during the ECFE Parents Night Out were on top of the week's memorable moments.

"I loved visiting with the nursing home residents," Victoria added. "Their stories were so funny."

All three girls agreed that they wanted to go back to the nursing home and spend more time there throughout the year of their reign. They are also exploring many opportunities to help out, including volunteering with the Salvation Army, which Sarah said was an idea that came from one of the pageant judges.

The first official duties as the new Miss Harmony court will take place on Thursday morning when the three will help serve pancakes and sausages during the Conservation Club's breakfast at the firehall.

Admitting that she might be a bit biased as her father is a fireman and helps out with the breakfast, Victoria said they are the best pancakes around.

The court will then put on their formalwear and loosen up their arms to wave their way through two parades - the first in Cherry Grove and the second in Harmony, where they will also judge the kiddie parade.

The girls admitted that they are really looking forward to the task of ranking the children and their Fourth of July parade entries. Both Sydnie and Victoria recalled their own entries in the kiddie parade and were excited to share those stories as they anticipated their upcoming role as parade judges.

Miss Harmony and her attendants are also looking forward to traveling to other communities to represent Harmony. They don't view it as much of an obligation, but rather as an opportunity to see what other towns offer in their celebrations and a chance to meet other girls their age who are also members of their local courts.

Beyond being members of the Miss Harmony court, the three girls are quite busy with school, athletics and community events already.

Sarah, the daughter of Jim and Renee Reicks, has a younger brother, Andrew, who will be in the ninth grade at Fillmore Central. She is active in band, choir, Tapestry Choir, cheerleading, student council, TNT, SADD, theater, National Honor Society, Scholar Club and the school newspaper. Sarah also serves as a member of the Harmony Arts Board and teaches Sunday school at her church. She works at the Village Square and just recently completed her certified nursing assistant training so she can work at the nursing home.

Victoria is the daughter of Mike Peterson and Tray Peterson. She has an older sister, Alex, who is 19 and just completed her first year of college. Victoria is active in volleyball, softball, band, color guard and the Scholar Club. She works at the Sugar Plum House on the Village Green in Harmony.

Sydnie is the daughter of Jason Huffman and Dulcie Huffman and has a younger sister, Savanah, who is 5. She is active in band, choir, Tapestry Choir, Jazz Band, student council, TNT, SADD, Scholar Club, cheerleading, the school newspaper and theater. She is also a class officer. She works at the Trailhead Inn in Preston.

Looking back on the activities held before their coronation, Sarah, Victoria and Sydnie are very grateful to their sponsors, Village Square, Re/Max Select Properties and the Harmony Telephone Company, for making it possible to participate. "They are such a large part of all this," said Victoria. "We couldn't have done it without them."

They also expressed their thanks to Amanda Heibel, Emily Kiehne and Allison Whalen, who coordinated the activities and the coronation ceremonies on Saturday.

The young ladies agreed that they enjoyed every aspect of the week, which included a pool and pizza party, a sponsor reception, manicures and pedicures, volunteering and their judging activities.

They also agreed that the on-stage question was the toughest part of the judging, as they had to answer the question off the top of their heads.

"There you were, standing in front of everyone - in the spotlight - it was hard to know what to say," explained Victoria.

That said, the pageant contestants were glad to have part of the judging done in front of the audience. "I felt the people could understand how we did in the other areas of judging from how we did in our commercials and questions," added Sydnie.

Sarah agreed, saying it was a good chance to develop one's public speaking skills, as they will have to answer questions like that as they are out in the community and other towns answering questions about Harmony.

They all liked the fact that the organizers added other aspects into the coronation ceremony so it lasted longer than in previous years. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime occasion," Victoria said. "It was nice to get more out of it, even though it was a bit nerve-wracking."

Sarah, Victoria and Sydnie are all looking forward to the summer they will spend together as well as the future activities they will share. "We are pretty close," Victoria said about her class, "especially the girls."

That is one reason the girls also believe that coronation was so well attended. "Our families came out to support us, of course, but they were also there to support all of the other girls too," Sydnie explained. "We are all such good friends and have spent so much time at each others' houses growing up."

"I think we know each other pretty well," Sarah added and agreed that she felt the three of them would have a great summer together.

"We hope to see everyone at the Fourth of July," Sarah concluded. "Come and talk to us in the park."

They will be easy to spot in their lovely, formal gowns, sashes and tiaras. However, the smiles on their faces and outgoing personalities will surely be the true testament as to what qualifies them to represent Harmony in the coming year as part of the Miss Harmony Court.