A “Welcome Home” event for a Minneapolis Aquatennial Princess from Sleepy Eye was held Monday evening. Anna Surprenant, the daughter of Scott and Judy Surprenant, is a 2011 graduate of Sleepy Eye St. Mary’s who served as Miss Sleepy Eye that year as well. She was named an Aquatennial Princess earlier this month, and says that the competition initially involved a series of 4 interviews. Contestants were judged on their public speaking skills and personality, and got the opportunity to learn more about Minneapolis. Surprenant says that a 1-week community food drive was also part of the competition, and she was able to raise over 300 food items in that time. The City of Sleepy Eye traditionally sends a representative to the Aquatennial every year. Princess Anna’s duties over the next year will include attending coronations at communities around the state, as well as in La Crosse and Winnipeg, amongst other activities. She will also be a Sophomore at Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall this coming school year, studying Speech Communications. A parade was held in her honor in Sleepy Eye on Monday following a brief open house and program at the Depot Museum.
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