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Ennis girl named Slovak Queen Pageant 2009

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Eleanor E. Gallagher

Ellis County Czech Heritage Society

Hallettsville - The Czech Heritage Society of Texas selected their 2009 queen at their state meeting April 18.

The young ladies representing their societies were Lauren Eubanks, Burleson County; Michelle Jenee Barak, Ellis County; Jenna Shimek, Lavaca County and Brianna Veselka, McLennan-Hill County.

Representatives were scored on Kroj (Czech Costume), interviews by the judges and their talent.

After a farewell speech, Ashley Sulak the reigning Texas Queen 2008, crowned Michelle Jenee Barak, her successor.

Michelle is the daughter of Alan and Marita (Novak) Barak of Ennis.

She will be accompanied by her Czech Little Sister, Katherine Stuckly whose parents are Kyle and Sheryl Stuckly of Ennis.

The girls will be traveling to many festivals promoting Czech Heritage.

Michelle modeled a Kroj (Czech costume) which was exceptionally unique.

This authentic, custom-made Kroj originates from the south Bohemian region of the Czech Republic.

Only unmarried women of the Tabor area wore this type of Kroj.

Her great-grandfather immigrated to America from this area.

Michelle’s talent performance was an eloquent recitation of a poem written by her great-grandfather Louis Nov-ak.

She recited the poem in the Czech language as it was written, with the cheerful sounds of the bagpipes softly playing in the background and images on a screen depicting the Tabor countryside.

Michelle is excited as the new Texas Czech-Slovak Queen of 2009 and is looking forward with her Czech Little Sister Katherine to competing in the national competition in Wilber, Neb. on Aug. 1-2.

The Czech Heritage Society of Texas is a non-profit organization founded in 1982, dedicated to the preservation of Texas Czech Heritage.

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