Tickets Are Still On Sale
The German-American Committee of Greater New York has just announced the official nominees of young woman competing to become this year’s Miss German-America and Queen of the German-American Steuben Parade in New York City. Tickets to the official crowning ceremony went on sale a few weeks ago, and there is still time to get your place for the event where you can also cast your vote for the winner. This year’s ceremony is being held on May 19 at the Bierhaus NYC. Reserve your spot by visiting http://gacrowning.eventbrite.com.
Previous Miss German-America winners have only good things to say about this honorary title. Last year’s Miss German-America, Kirsten Mueller, stated that “promoting the German American culture, language and friendship is extremely important to me. As Miss German America, it has been my honor to represent such a vibrant and passionate group of German Americans.” 2011’s winner Denise Manukian added that “I loved being Miss German-America because I was able to showcase my German-American pride and spread the word about my culture and how influential it has been to this country. My greatest experience as Miss German-America was not only “floating” down 5th Ave at the Steuben Parade, but also going to Germany for Karneval and taking my role as ambassador for the Steuben Parade to the next level.”
So who are this year’s nominees? We have included a brief bio of all five contenders so you can get a head start on deciding who you want to vote in as this year’s Miss German-America.
Stefani Kraker is a 20-year-old student at Pace University pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders with Teaching and Bilingual Certification. She is a member of the Pforzheimer Honor’s College as well as a member of Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society and is fluent in German. Stefani’s Miss German-America application reads: “Ich bin und werde immer stolz sein auf meine Herkunft.” Stefani is from Mahopac, NY. In her free time, she enjoys folk dancing as a member of the Schuhplattler group SVV Original Enzian, she also enjoys reading, drawing and plays the steel drums.
Kristina Kren, a resident of Astoria, NY, is a 24-year-old graduate of Binghamton University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She studied Spanish and French and attended the German American Language School in Ridgewood, NY as well as the German School of Connecticut. Kristina took the American Association of Teacher’s of German (AATG) exam and received her Sprachdiplom. Her hobbies include dancing and skiing. Kristina serves on the Advisory Board of the Edelweiss Ski Club and holds an executive office in that organization. Kristina was a Junior Princess of the Steuben Parade in 1998.
Pavlina Schriel, age 19, of Norwalk, CT, is a member of the Class of 2016 at the Steinhardt School for Music Education at New York University. She grew up visiting her Omama and Opapa in Schleswig-Holstein, Germany. Through her involvement in the German School of Connecticut and the YMCA of Norwalk, CT, Pavlina coordinated a trip for a German Christian youth group from the YMCA in Nürnberg to travel to the Connecticut area in summer. This effort included finding host families and establishing an itinerary for the group to spend one week in the US. Pavlina is experienced as a Children’s Supervisor at the New York City Ballet and has been active with the Girl Scouts of CT. Her hobbies include teaching private music lessons, volunteering, and attending local theater performances.
Kristen Newcomer, of Andover, NJ, is a 22-year-old senior scheduled to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts from Rutgers University. Kristen attended the German Language School of Morris County in Morristown, New Jersey. She continued her education of the German language in high school where she graduated in 2009 as Foreign Language Student of the Year, with membership in the Delta Epsilon Phi National German Honor Society. At Rutgers, Kirsten continued to pursue a minor in German, which culminated with acceptance into a year-long study-abroad program at Universität Konstanz in Germany. Kristen says: “Living in Konstanz for a year was the most incredible experience I have ever had.”
Linda Hildenbrand is a 25-year-old graduate with a Bachelor of Arts, International Relations from the State University of New York College at Geneseo. She is currently in her last semester as a Masters student of French at Brooklyn College. “In college, I had been given the opportunity to study abroad in France for a semester. The first opportunity I was given, I spent two weeks traveling through Germany, meeting with my distant relatives, and was for the first time able to see the beautiful country that my family was from.” Upon her return from that trip, Linda’s interest in her German heritage was renewed and she began learning German on her own. Linda joined the New York City German Language Meetup group where she continues to learn German and partakes in various cultural activities. Linda’s hobbies include Linguistics (she speaks French, Spanish, German & Italian), anthropology, politics, soccer, rock climbing, sewing, cooking and hula-hooping.