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Committee gives reasons for stripping Miss Ellsworth of crown

Cassandra Kreig, the 2007 Miss Ellsworth, was stripped of her crown Saturday by the Miss Ellsworth committee.

Kreig was removed from her post less than two weeks before new royalty will be chosen. The 2008 coronation will take place during the Cheese Curd Festival pageant scheduled for June 26. Ashton Gusa, the former first princess, is now Miss Ellsworth.

The committee informed the Herald Monday afternoon of the reasons for dismissal. They referred to three guidelines in the handbook given out to prospective candidates.

The first one is "two unexcused absences may be grounds for dismissal. A Miss Ellsworth committee representative needs to approve each absence."

Early last week, the committee sent a letter to Christie Kreig, Cassandra's mother, explaining Cassandra had five unexcused absences and three excused absences, two of which were medical. In addition, the letter states that, if Cassandra has one more absence for the remainder of her year, the committee would discuss the option of replacing her. The Kreigs said this was the first time that they're notified of Cassandra possibly being replaced.

The committee then referred to the second guideline, which stated "if any conflict of activities should arise, her first priority is to her reign as Ellsworth royalty and appearances as such."

Cassandra was an early graduate from Ellsworth High School in January and was accepted to an EMT (Emergency Medical Technician) class in Baldwin, which was sponsored by the Ellsworth Ambulance Service. The class guidelines state students are allowed only two excused absences or they will be dropped from the course. The Kreig family stated she missed one night due to a Miss Ellsworth event and missed another due to an illness.

For more please read the June 18 print version of the Herald.

Jason Schulte

Jason Schulte is a reporter for the New Richmond News since February 2015. Prior to that he spent eight years at the Pierce County Herald in Ellsworth. His duties with the News will include covering news out of Hammond and Roberts along with action from St. Croix County court system. He lives in Roberts. 

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