LOCALS WIN CROWNS



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Chugiak’s JoEllen Walters and Kelli Renee Hansen earned pageant titles Jan. 4 at Bartlett High. Walters, 19, was crowned Miss Alaska Collegiate America. A 2012 Chugiak High graduate, Walters is the daughter of Frank and Janine Walters of Chugiak. She is a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Hansen, 13, won the title of Miss Alaska Jr. High. A student at Mirror Lake Middle School, Hansen is the daughter of Karl and Rebecca Hansen of Chugiak.

Both girls will travel to Orlando, Fla., in July to compete in the Miss Jr. High, High School, Collegiate America Pageant. Winners of each age division receive a $10,000 cash scholarship.