Current Royalty

 

2017 International Princess 2017 Queen of Festivals 2017 Aqua Princess

Hannah Erickson

Hannah Erickson is the 2017 Willmar Fests International Princess. She is the 19-year-old daughter of Tim and Rhonda Erickson. Hannah is an honors graduate from the Willmar Senior High School Class of 2015. She lettered in Academics her sophomore year of high school. While in high school, Hannah was involved in figure skating both as a student and a coach and her church’s youth group. She is currently enrolled at Ridgewater College and is majoring in Nursing. Hannah is involved in Ridgewater’s Lunch Buddy program. She is employed at Rice Care Center in the Therapy Suites as a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) and McMillan’s Family Restaurant as a waitress. Hannah enjoys nannying for a family from Willmar during the summer months. Some of Hannah’s favorite activities are being outdoors, coaching within her skating club, playing with her puppies Josie and Brooklyn, and spending time with her friends and family. Hannah’s Willmar Fest Sponsor was Divine Home Care & Hospice.

 


Carly Derouin

Carly Derouin is the 2017 Willmar Fests Queen of Festivals. She is the 20-year-old daughter of Chuck and Annette Derouin. She is a 2015 high honors graduate from Willmar Senior High School. While in high school, Carly participated in band, choir and orchestra and received varsity music letters in all three disciplines. She was a youth group leader for the Respect and Courage Retreat and served as a high school student representative for the Rotary Club. Carly received the 3 x 4 Athletic Commitment Award for competing in high school sports for four years and was awarded varsity letters in swimming, hockey and softball. To support the Willmar youth sports programs, Carly volunteered her time as a skills and development instructor. Carly has also assisted with Tobacco Compliancy Testing for Kandiyohi County. At her church, Carly volunteered for vacation bible school, serving family meals, and participated in youth choir. She is currently attending the University of North Dakota (UND) and is a Pre-Occupational Therapy major. Carly received the D.J. Robertson Academic Performance Award, and was selected as a candidate for the Thomas J. Clifford Outstanding Freshman of the Year Award. She has made the Dean’s List both semesters her freshman and sophomore years. In college, Carly is involved in Nodak Nation, intramural sports, a member of the University of North Dakota Marching Band, and plays on the UND Women’s Lacrosse Club team. Carly is employed as a lifeguard at the Kandiyohi Area Family YMCA, Dorothy Olson Aquatic Center and for Kandiyohi County. In her free time Carly likes to play sports, hang out with friends, travel with her family, and take naps. Carly’s Willmar Fests sponsor was Willmar Bus Service.


Alycia Holwerda

Alycia Holwerda is the 2017 Willmar Fests Aqua Princess. The daughter of Chris Kubesh and Scott Holwerda, Alycia is a 2015 highest honors graduate from Willmar Senior High School. In high school, Alycia was involved in band, yearbook, and National Honor Society. She was a retreat group leader, regional runner-up for Distinguished Young Women, and a Sunday School teacher. Alycia competed and lettered in basketball and swimming. Lettering in swimming since 8th grade, Alycia was named MVP twice and captain her senior year. She received numerous CLC awards, holds 3 school records and 1 conference record, and swam at three Swimming and Diving state meets where she made the All-state team and All-State academic. Alycia is attending college at Minnesota State University-Mankato. Majoring in statistics with an emphasis in actuarial science and minoring in mathematics, Alycia hopes to become a data scientist or an actuary. At MNSU, she has been awarded the Eileen Seely Jurgenson Endowed Scholarship, a member of the Honor Society, named to the Dean’s list every semester, a volunteer at the Kiwanis Light display, and works as a swim lesson instructor. Alycia also competed at hackathons where her team has placed 4th. For the upcoming year, Alycia was elected the PR Executive Chair to D.R.E.A.M, a MNSU data science student organization. She is on a scholarship for the MNSU Swimming and Diving Division Two Mavericks. As a freshman, her teammates awarded her Rookie of the Year. In her seasons, she was named All-American Academic both years, All-Conference three times, and two-time All-American Honorable mention by competing with her school-record holding relays at both DII National meets. This past season she helped her team place the highest in school history (13th) at the national meet. In her spare time Alycia enjoys spending time with her friends and family, watching movies, lifting, reading, eating, and traveling. Alycia’s Willmar Fests sponsor was Bremer Bank.

Junior Prince Junior Princess Senior Ambassadors

Austin Olson

Sophie Kojetin

Jan Schmeling and Ralph Geier