Shiner teen is Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen

Caitlin Orsak, 2012 Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen, wears her kroj at Sacred Heart High School in Hallettsville.

The Czech Heritage Society Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Pageant is searching for young women who love their heritage and want to promote the Czech and Slovak culture for the 15 chapters across Texas.

The pageant is organized and sponsored by the Czech Heritage of Society of Texas for the purpose of helping younger generations to be more involved in their Texas Czech culture and learn about the customs and traditions to be passed down to future generations, according to a news release from the society.

The future queen will be crowned at the 17th Annual Pageant and Spring Meeting of the CHS of Texas on Feb. 16 at the St. Joseph Parish Center, 507 E. 26th St. in Bryan. The 2019 CHS Miss Texas Czech-Slovak Queen will advance to compete for cash, prizes and a trip to the Czech or Slovak Republics at the Miss Czech-Slovak US Pageant in Wilber, Neb., in August.

Any contestant must be between the ages of 16 and 26, a member of the Czech Heritage Society of Texas and willing to travel to Czech events across the state of Texas. She must be of partial Czech, Moravian, Slovak, Rusyn, or Silesian descent. The queen candidate must complete the four categories of the pageant at the chapter and state level: private interview; onstage interview; talent; and kroj modeling, either Americanized or authentic.

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas has 15 chapters in Bexar, Brazos Valley, Burleson, Concho Valley, Ellis, Fayette, Fort Bend, Galveston, Gonzales, Harris, Lavaca, McLennan-Hill, Travis-Williamson, Victoria and Wharton counties. Contact a representative from a local chapter or visit czechheritage-texas.org for more information about membership and representing the chapter for the Miss Texas Czech-Slovak pageant.

The deadline to enter is Jan. 15. Contact Kathy Podsednik, pageant director, at kathypods@gmail.com for more information or Jana Vaculik Riley at janamriley@gmail.com

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