This year we welcome ten young women who will be vying to represent the City of Willmar as Willmar Fests Queen of Festivals, International Princess and Aqua Princess.
Here you can find out more about each of our candidates.
Abby Valladarez is the 19-year-old daughter of Connie and Jason Wog. She is a 2018 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During the span of her high school education, she was active in Orchestra. Abby has volunteered throughout the community assisting with activities at nursing homes, adult daycare, babysitting, and helping at the Stingers concession stand. Abby is currently furthering her education at Ridgewater College where she plans on graduating with her Associates Degree. She wants to pursue her dream of becoming a Certified Public Accountant and utilize those skill sets to potentially start a business of her own. As of now, Abby keeps herself busy at McMillan’s Family Restaurant as a waitress. In her spare time, Abby enjoys make-up artistry, going deer hunting, being outdoors, working on home projects, hanging out with family and friends, and watching Netflix or Hulu. Abby’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is McMillan’s Family Restaurant.
Amanda Chan is the 19-year-old daughter of Douglas and Anna Chan. She is a 2018 honors graduate from Willmar Senior High School. In high school, Amanda earned a letter in academics her freshman and senior year. She was involved in choir during her underclassmen years. Additionally, she was involved with her Youth Group at Willmar Assembly of God her senior year. She was student leader at Epik and a volunteered in the 2-year old room at Kidsworld. She is currently enrolled at Ridgewater College and is studying to earn her degree in Liberal Arts. This year she has made the Dean’s List both semesters and is a part of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society acting as a Vice President of Fellowship. Amanda was also a member of the Ridgewater Multicultural Club during her fall semester. Next year, she will be a Student Ambassador for Ridgewater College. Aside from being involved at school, she is involved in the Kids Ministry at church. This year she was small group leader for a group of 2nd graders. After graduating from Ridgewater, Amanda plans on transferring to the University of Iowa to earn her Bachelor’s Degree in Therapeutic Recreation with a track in Child Life. Afterwards, she plans on obtaining her Master’s Degree in Child Life. She plans on becoming a Child Life Specialist at a children’s hospital. In her free time, Amanda enjoys listening to music, reading and writing, hanging out with friends and family, and playing with her three dogs. Amanda’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is DATASuccess Inc..
Brielle Thorpe is the 19-year-old daughter of Darrell Thorpe and Leah Thorpe. She is a 2018 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. While in high school, Brielle participated in basketball and track and field, lettering in both sports. She also made the Central Lakes Conference Scholar Athlete Roll. Brielle was the President of her Choir, as well as interviewing and being selected to represent the Willmar American Legion Auxiliary at Girls State. Brielle was active in her church community with involvement in the church choir, youth group, and taking part in various Mission Trips along with attending the ELCA National Youth Gathering. While in high school, Brielle also spent time mentoring several young girls. She is currently attending Minnesota State University Moorhead where she is pursuing a degree in Social Work. After earning her degree, Brielle hopes to get a job where she is able to help people on a daily basis, possibly in a school setting along with coaching basketball or track. She currently has multiple jobs she is working while home for the summer. In her spare time, Brielle enjoys relaxing by the lake or pool, spending time with family and friends, shopping, watching reality TV shows (The Bachelor/Bachelorette), and sleeping. Brielle’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is American Legion Post #167.
Cassidy Hanson is the 18-year-old daughter of Michelle and Wayne Hanson. She is a 2018 Willmar Senior High School graduate. While in high school, Cassidy was involved in many things including Cross Country, Track, Nordic Skiing, and FFA. She was a varsity letter winner in Cross Country all four years of high school and a captain her senior year. Outside of school, Cassidy was involved in a club called Interact. The club spent their time volunteering around town and helping others. She also enjoys babysitting and spending time with friends and family. Cassidy is now enrolled at Ridgewater College in the Cosmetology program. She hopes to one day open her own salon and help clients feel beautiful in their own skin. A few of Cassidy’s favorite things to do in her free time are hang out by the lake, watch Netflix, and play around with makeup and hair. Cassidy’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is CDS.
Gabriella Jasso is the 19 year old daughter of Polo and Stephanie Jasso. She is a 2018 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During school, Gabriella was involved in Just for Kix and participated in golf in which she lettered. She was also involved in Orchestra and Choir throughout high school. Gabriella was Vice President of Choralaires, which is the all women’s choir, during her senior year. She is currently enrolled at Ridgewater College pursuing her nursing degree. She is very passionate about caring for others. Gabriella has been employed for three years at Bethesda nursing home. In her free time she enjoys swimming, being outdoors, playing sports, spending time with friends and family, eating food, and playing with animals. Gabriella’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is Heritage Bank.
Jayden Zammert is the 19-year-old daughter of Karla and Donavan Zammert. She graduated with honors from Willmar Senior High School in 2018. While in high school, Jayden pursued several extracurricular activities. She brought her violin skills to the Cardinal Orchestra as a sophomore, which is usually reserved for juniors and seniors. She also took part in solo ensemble each year and played violin with the choir when needed. Jayden was involved in track, where she earned a varsity letter, and soccer, where she satisfied her competitive desire. Jayden also received a varsity letter for academics and had the opportunity to help backstage with two middle school musicals. At Refuge Church, Jayden periodically plays violin with the worship team and has helped out with vacation bible school in the summer. Outside of school and church Jayden was a 12-year member of the Just for Kix dance program. After high school, Jayden went through the EMT program at Ridgewater College. She plans to go back to college to take her generals, but is undecided about a major. She is currently working part-time as a lab assistant at Epitopix and, for the fourth summer in a row, is working for the Willmar Public School system cleaning and preparing the Middle School for the next year. In her spare time, Jayden enjoys being outside, spending time with friends and family, sleeping, camping, playing with her puppy and helping her dad with projects around the house. Jayden’s Willmar Fest sponsor is MinnWest Technology Campus.
Kayla Compeau is the daughter of Heather Kroes and Scot Norberg. She graduated with honors and academic distinction during the graduating year of 2018 at Willmar Senior High School. Kayla participated in Choir, Orchestra, and Solo Ensemble. For Orchestra, she played the cello for almost 10 years and participated in Solo Ensemble, receiving four superiors and one excellent in three solos and three duets. She also participated in high school Softball all four years of high school. Kayla lettered academically three of the four years as well. Kayla is currently developing her education and career goals at North Dakota State University. She plans to earn a double major in Social Work and Human Development. During the first semester, she worked for SHAC, which is where the school’s wrestling and basketball teams compete. During her second semester, she started work as a Student Age Leader for the YMCA at an elementary school where she worked mostly with kindergartners. Kayla hopes to head back there in the fall. Kayla has also applied to become a Sophomore Resident Assistant in a freshman dorm. During her free time, Kayla likes to spend time with family and friends, helping her mom with daycare, reading, being outside enjoying the sun, and doing anything that she can to be busy. Kayla’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is Slumberland Furniture.
Kayla Link is the 18-year-old daughter of William (Donnie) Link. She is a 2018 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During school, Kayla was involved in Choir all four years. She earned an academic award and a letter for her Grade Point Average in high school. Kayla is now enrolled at Ridgewater College where she is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She is excited to teach the younger generations the newer style of education mixed with the older education style. Kayla is currently a Nutrition Assistant at Rice Memorial Hospital and an Activity Helper at Ridgewater College. Kayla is an active member of the outdoors and loves to hunt, fish, work on cars, participate in demolition derby, spend time with family, friends, and animals. Kayla’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is Willmar Bus.
Maddie Stoeberl is the 19-year-old daughter of Todd and Michaele Stoeberl. She is a 2018 honors graduate from Willmar Senior High School. While in high school, Maddie was active in music participating in band, choir, and orchestra and was an all-conference orchestra member. She was a three by four athlete participating in diving, gymnastics, and track. She earned 10 varsity letters, four academic letters, and was recognized twice as a scholar athlete for the Central Lakes Conference. Maddie was a captain for the swimming and diving team in 2017 and the track and field team in 2018. She also participated in the 2018 Minnesota State Gymnastics Meet. Maddie was a student representative for the noon Lion’s Club, and student of the month for business. She was a member of Colleen’s School of Dance for 15 years and continues to be active in the Willmar United Methodist Church. She also volunteers for many community activities and events. Maddie is currently furthering her education at Minnesota State University – Mankato where she is a member of the honors society Alpha Lambda Delta. She is pursuing a major in dance with a minor in marketing. This unique degree is designed to prepare her for her future plan of owning her own dance studio. In her free time, Maddie enjoys fishing, painting, spending time with friends and family, and dancing whenever she can. Maddie’s Willmar Fests Sponsor is Pro Color Graphics.
Madyson Brown is the 19-year-old daughter of Lyndsey Brown. She is a 2018 graduate from Willmar Senior High School. During school, Madyson was involved in Choir, Band, Volleyball, Theatre, and FFA, holding positions as the Reporter and Vice-President. Throughout high school, Madyson was active in her home church with children ministry and spends time during her summer as a camp counselor at youth camp. She is now enrolled at Augustana University in Sioux Falls, SD, and is majoring in Communication Disorders with a minor in American Sign Language studies. In college, she is active in the Deaf Awareness (DA) and National Student Speech Language Hearing Association (NSSLHA) groups on campus. She hopes to one day become a Speech Language Pathologist. Madyson is very passionate about learning sign language and enjoys spending time with kids. In college, she is employed at the daycare at Augustana. In Willmar, she is employed by Target and is a PCA through Avenues for Care. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, camping, singing, playing ukulele, cooking, petting animals, and taking naps. Madyson’s Willmar Fests sponsor is Mills Automotive Group.