FRAZEE -- Family is the trend this year in the local pageants.
Cousins were crowned Saturday as Miss Frazee and Miss Frazee's Oustanding Teen 2019.
Braylee Riewer was crowned Miss Frazee's Outstanding Teen, following in her older sister Becca's footsteps. Riewer's cousin, Delaney Matejka, was crowned with her as Miss Frazee.
Earlier this month, sisters Catherine and Grace Jaroszewski were crowned as Miss Northwest and Miss Northwest's Outstanding Teen 2019, respectively.
Riewer and Matejka swept the Frazee competition, both winning the two categories that were announced: talent and evening gown. Riewer, a 10th-grader at Frazee High School, performed a jazz dance to "It's a Man's World." She has been dancing for the Frazee Fly Girls, at the Varsity level, since she was in eighth grade.
Matejka, who just graduated from Frazee High School and is heading to Concordia Moorehead in a few weeks, sang "Journey to the Past" from the Broadway musical "Anastasia." Matejka held onto the song's final note for almost 30 seconds, wowing the judges and earning loud applause.
Two of the other miss candidates chose vocals for their talent as well. Sarah Aschnewitz sang "Rise Up," and MacKenzie Wutzke sang "Warrior." Becca Simmon did a contemporary dance to "Light" from the musical "Next to Normal."
The teen division brought some laughter with the two other talent performances. Linsey Marks performed a humorous monologue titled "Dog Anxiety." Emily Aschnewitz also performed a comedic monologue titled "Boat Skit," which she said was based on an occurrence in her own life.
Every candidate in both the Miss and Teen division walked away with some kind of award. Emcees of the pageant shared that the Miss Frazee Scholarship Program awards the most scholarship money for any pageant in Minnesota, coming close to the Miss Minnesota competition itself.
Marks and Simmon were voted as People's Choice, and Simmon was also awarded the new Director's Award. Emily won the teen's American Freedom and Community Service essay award along with Miss Congenialtiy. For Miss, Matejka took the American Freedom essay and Wutzke won the Community Service essay, while Aschnewitz won Miss Congeniality.
Teens were given one last scholarship; the Academic Award. This was given to Reiwer and Wutzke for Miss. Miss had more awards than teen: the Impact and Independent Woman essay awards went to Matejka and the Family Ties essay award went to Wutzke.
By the end of the night, more than $5,500 were awarded to the candidates. Some of this is designated to help Matejka and Riewer prepare for their state competitions, but almost all of it goes towards the candidate's future education.