Newly crowned Queen Silver Star LVIII Angitha Mriduraj gets a congratulatory hug from her Little Miss Vernon Winter Carnival Princess buddy Darla Smith during Thursday night’s Proclamation and Coronation at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Newly crowned Queen Silver Star LVIII Angitha Mriduraj gets a congratulatory hug from her Little Miss Vernon Winter Carnival Princess buddy Darla Smith during Thursday night’s Proclamation and Coronation at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Queen Silver Star crowned

New royalty earn their sparkle at Vernon Winter Carnival event

A royal tradition in Vernon has crowned two new leaders.

Miss Paradigm Naturopathic Medicine Angitha Mriduraj is Queen Silver Star LVIII. Her Princess is Miss Silver Star Rotary Mackenzie Kuziw — who was also named Miss Congeniality.

The pair were among the seven candidates in the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program, and were crowned Thursday evening at the proclamation and coronation at the Schubert Centre.

Mriduraj, a 16-year-old student at Clarence Fulton, was shocked as her name was announced at the event.

“Ecstatic,” is how she described her feelings, following tears of joy. “This is overwhelming, thank you so much.”

An equally-teary eyed Kuziw shared that sentiment.

“I am very overwhelmed and surprised. I am so happy for Angitha and I am so happy she gets to be my partner in crime for this experience, I am really excited,” said 16-year-old Vernon Secondary student Kuziw.

The decision resulted from a culmination of points from judges who watched the girls grow throughout the excellence program.

“This was a great group of young ladies this year,” said judge Wayne Lippert, impressed with the team work and success each of the girls showed.

“It worked out well and I think they (Mriduraj and Kuziw) are going to do great.”

Miss Downtown Vernon Association Saira Abid earned the Spirit Award and was named the Vernon Ambassador.

Thursday’s royal event marked the start of Vernon Winter Carnival — an annual tradition in the city taking place Feb. 2-11.

“We are looking forward to having an amazing carnival over the next two weeks,” said Mayor Akbal Mund.

“There are close to 100 events, many of them, 46, are free,” said carnival chairperson Deb White.

One of the major events is the parade, which takes place Saturday at noon.

“This year the parade has over 100 entries,” said White.

One event that has changed, in order to be bigger and better, is the hot air balloon glow.

While it normally takes place on the Friday evening start of carnival, it has been moved to next Friday, Feb. 9.

“The changes means more balloons can attend,” said White of the 14 balloons taking part this year thanks to the move.

As for the new Queen Silver Star royalty, you can see them in Saturday’s parade, along with the other candidates and their sponsors, as well as the Little Miss Vernon Winter Carnival girls.

Check out Sunday’s edition of The Morning Star for more photos of the royalty, plus more carnival coverage.

 

A teary-eyed Mackenzie Kuziw accepts her Princess Silver Star LVIII title, along with being named Miss Congeniality, during the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program Proclomation and Coronation Thursday at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

A teary-eyed Mackenzie Kuziw accepts her Princess Silver Star LVIII title, along with being named Miss Congeniality, during the Queen Silver Star Excellence Program Proclomation and Coronation Thursday at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Retiring royalty, Queen Silver Star LVII Jordynne Tomiak and Princess Meghan Townley share some love, along with their dads Al and Graham, during the proclamation and coronation Thursday at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)

Retiring royalty, Queen Silver Star LVII Jordynne Tomiak and Princess Meghan Townley share some love, along with their dads Al and Graham, during the proclamation and coronation Thursday at the Schubert Centre. (Jennifer Smith/Morning Star)