She will be competing during Thanksgiving weekend in the National American Miss Pageant in Disneyland, Anaheim, Calif.
Her grandmother, Pat Mammolenti, will be accompanying her on the journey to California. Grandma Pat does a lot of good grandma stuff like take Gabby for dance classes. This competition is about poise and maturity, and is all very age appropriate. A lot of it has to do with talking to the judges. It isn’t about the big hair and the makeup, according to Pat. “She is a normal child,” grandma says. But she does like to sing and dance along with T-ball. “Gabby is very confident and can easily talk to anyone.”
Pat said Gabby has done those other pageants. But grandma wanted to steer away from those.
It was a moment in time and Nicole Wiegand snapped the picture. The rehabilitated bald eagle was being released to go off and do what eagles normally do. A crowd was gathered and a woman who had worked with the eagle was setting it free. Her arms were outstretched and the crowd was transfixed.
The picture was taken last March when Nicole was a senior at Iowa State University. The photo placed fifth in the general news category of the Associated Collegiate Press photo contest. The contest winners were announced in early November.
She must be good at what she does because she has been honored in other competitions.
Nicole, who is formerly from South Bend, is now a working journalist and photographer at the Newton Daily News, Newton, Iowa. She has been working for about a month and she is covering education and agriculture. She is enjoying the life back in Iowa, seeing friends and football games in Ames.
She is writing and shooting pictures for the daily. Iowa had been receiving a lot of attention lately but it has calmed down until maybe next year when they start talking about the caucus again.
She is the daughter of Teresa and Tim Wiegand and a 2008 graduate of St. Joseph High School.
Cari Vida was recently promoted by Registry Partners Inc., of Burlington, N.C. She is the vice president of Quality Control, Education and Training for the Oncology Services Division. She will oversee the daily operations of the Quality Control Department and State Central Registry and hospital-based state reporting cancer registry projects.
Cari lives in Bay City, Mich., with husband Jeremy, daughter, Kyla, and son, Colton. She is the daughter-in-law of Dane and Sally Vida, of Mishawaka.