Madison Dagen and Emily Hartzell

(Courtesy Photos)


      Two young ladies will vie for the title of Durand’s Miss Railroad Days Queen 2019 and Attendant. Miss Railroad Days Queen and her Attendant, the Princess and Prince will be announced at 6:30 p.m. on Friday March 1 at a crowning ceremony in the second-level grand ballroom of Durand Union Station. This year’s contestants are Madison Dagen and Emily Hartzell.

   Madison Dagen is the daughter of Nikole Dagen, of Bancroft, and James and Tiffany Dagen, of Battle Creek. She is 16 years old and a junior at Durand High School. Madison likes to spend her time volunteering in activities such as helping with a 3- and 4-year-old cheer team, a special needs cheer team and Durand youth cheer. She also volunteers at the Bancroft Grange and helped decorate Durand Union Station and with the Santa visits. Madison’s hobbies include being in the Spanish Club, helping with the blood drive, being a member of the varsity cheer team and being a peer mentor. Some of Madison’s accomplishments include being on the A/B honor roll since 6th-grade, earning an academic award and letters, being top 5 in AP Psych, and being in honors English since 8th-grade. Her future plans include graduating with honors and attending either MSU, GVSU, CMU or WMU to study nursing, specializing in neo natal. Madison is sponsored by All About U Fitness.

   Emily Hartzell is the daughter of Ernie and Jennifer Hartzell. She is 18 years old and a senior at Durand High School. Emily has many hobbies, including varsity soccer, volleyball, choir, madrigals and Spanish Club. She is also a member of the National Honor Society and is class president. Emily has accomplished four years of academic excellence and has earned seven varsity letters. She has maintained a 3.9 GPA all four years of high school and has been student of the month. Emily plans on going to a university after high school, possibly Oakland or Central Michigan, to study pre-dentistry or dental hygiene. Emily is sponsored by Shaw’s Pharmacy & Gifts.

   Candidates for Miss Railroad Days Queen and Attendant will be interviewed by a panel of judges and rated on their introduction, clarity of speech, poise, presentation, personality and answers to questions posed by the judges. The Miss Railroad Days Queen will receive a $1,000, and her Attendant will receive a $500 scholarship, plus various gifts.

   Miss Railroad Days Queen, Attendant, Princess and Prince will represent the annual Railroad Days Festival from Thursday, May 16 through Sunday, May 19, the weekend after Mother’s Day. They will appear in various parades and community functions throughout the year. The Durand Railroad Days Queen is sponsored by Randy Wise of Durand. Photos of the candidates are provided courtesy of A&R Portraits.

Miss Railroad Days Queen Contenders Announced was last modified: February 15th, 2019 by Karen Elford