Brooke Schmidt

LEXINGTON – Two weeks of waiting will come to an end this weekend when Brooke Schmidt participates in the Miss Harvest of Harmony Pageant in Grand Island.

Schmidt, a Lexington High School senior actively involved in various sports and marching band, was one of 33 young women selected to represent their schools at the annual pageant, which also coincides with a marching band parade sponsored by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce as part of the Harvest of Harmony.

“I’m really excited, it’s a huge honor,” Schmidt said noting that her senior class in the Lexington High School Marching Band has never performed at the Harvest of Harmony parade but that the middle school from Lexington will be performing in Grand Island, where she will glide by in a fancy sports car reserved for pageant contestants.

Schmidt said she has been practicing for the interview portion of the pageant by rehearsing some answers she might give and that meeting and interacting with the other contestants was important because the 33 contestants choose the winner.

She said she was already prepared for the ball-dance portion of the pageant.

“I’ve got an orange dress, it’s a school color, it was my prom dress,” Schmidt said.

Although Schmidt said she hasn’t thought about what she’d do if she won the event, she does remember that former Lexington senior Isabel Salas finished as the runner-up in the competition last year.

“It’s a really really big deal, I’ve been waiting for it,” she said.

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