Czech Heritage Junior Royalty coronation Sunday

This Sunday, Dec. 8, the pubic is welcome to see four individuals chosen during the 2014 Czech Heritage Junior Royalty Coronation. The next area ambassadors will be selected during the coronation ceremony at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the New Prague Park Ballroom.

Those attending should plan to come early since the coronation is held in conjunction with the Fourth Annual European Christmas event with entertainment, craft vendors, and food available from 11 a.m. - 4:30pm.

Candidates this year are Victoria Soukup, daughter of Denise Wondra and Matt Deckert, and Elizabeth Trnka, daughter of Jon and Ronna Trnka, both girls are from Montgomery; Keisha Kuhn, daughter of Chris and Ruthanne Kuhn of New Prague; and Christina Raduenz, daughter of Tom and Jean Raduenz of Jordan. Little Sisters who will assist at the pageant and join in some appearances throughout the year are Anna Novak, daughter of John and Heather Novak of New Prague, and Grace Tumasmith, daughter of Chris and Maryann Tumasmith of Lonsdale.

This is a very unique Ambassador program, combining both pageantry and heritage pride. During the coronation, the Ambassadors will present the annual Ambassador of the Year Award to an individual they feel has acted as an Ambassador of their heritage in their everyday life.

Sponsors who have helped make the Royalty program continue this year are Elite Sponsor: Norm Sládek; Platinum Sponsors: New Prague Auto Group, Patricia Baker and Western Fraternal Life Insurance (WFLA); Gold Sponsors: Czech Heritage Club and Veseli Area Lions; Silver Sponsors: Bruzek Funeral Home and Cjay’s Czech Imports; and Bronze Sponsors: The Ettlin’s Cafe, Melissa Kreuser Agency, New Prague Dental Center and Roundbank & Investments Solutions.

Interested candidates, boys or girls, must be of some Czech decent, ages 9 through 15 and obtain a sponsor. Each Ambassador will receive a monetary award after successfully completing their one-year term.

The 2014 Jr. Royalty Ambassadors will have another memorable year, making appearances at local parades and pageants, as well as ethnic events, both here and in neighboring states. Attending these opportunities will help them learn more about their heritage and develop a greater appreciation for it. They will also develop new friendships, personal self-esteem and confidence.