August 19, 2007
Meet West Duluth’s newest royal
By Jana Peterson
Kayla Moore and Ringo Kienitz certainly don’t
act like royalty. They’re not snobbish, nor are they plagued
by paparazzi. They giggle a lot. And they’re both exceedingly
Perhaps that’s why Moore and Kienitz were
crowned Miss West Duluth and Miss West Duluth Princess at the pageant
in Denfeld Auditorium Aug. 1.
“I was so excited that Ringo was Princess,
I was hugging her,” Moore said, describing the moment their
names were announced and the subsequent shock and joy. “It
was an amazing experience, to get close to the other girls —
it was a lot of fun.”
“It was funny,” Kienitz said. “My
spontaneous question was ‘Why would the person to your left
make a great Miss West Duluth?’ and Kayla was to my left.
It was funny-strange how it all turned out. We were holding hands
on stage; Kayla was the one who brought out my music stand ... We
got to do it together.”
Then there’s the fact that one of them is
named Ringo, not exactly a royal appellation. (Her real name is
Emily, but no one ever calls her that.)
“When I was in third grade I loved the Beatles
and I wanted to be a drummer, so I told everyone to call me Ringo,”
explains Kienitz. “It stuck. And, no, I don’t play drums
now, I play the violin.”
Actually, both Moore and Kienitz play violin,
and they’re both in concert orchestra at Denfeld. In addition,
Moore also volunteers at the zoo as a junior docent, and plays tennis
for Denfeld. Kienitz is in youth symphony and Executive Board, plus
she takes part in Link Crew.
Moore said she enjoys reading, hanging out with
friends, shopping and other “typical teenage stuff.”
Kienitz is really into baseball — not playing
it, watching it.
Both girls are excited to begin their year-long
reign, volunteering as well as riding in area parades.
Moore’s parents are Suzanne Maas and Dean
Lillo, she has two brothers: Austin Maas and Dean Lillo, both 7.
Kienitz’s mother is Sue Kienitz; her sister
On with the questions:
Budgeteer: What is your favorite thing about living
in the Northland?
Moore: The community, I guess. I see Duluth as
the smallest big city. It’s so close-knit. Close to 86,000
people live here, but you can go to the grocery store and see 20
people you know, no matter where you are.
Kienitz: To add to that, because I feel the same
way, I love the support here. Whatever I want to do, I not only
have the support of my family, but also Denfeld and other people
here. If I were in an accident, I know people would raise money
or whatever I needed, whether they knew me or not. I love the support
and love we give each other here.
Budgeteer: What’s your least favorite thing
about living in the Northland?
Moore: I’d have to go with the weather,
especially when it’s cold and doesn’t snow.
Kienitz: The weather. It’s so unbearably
cold in the winter and so unbearably hot in the summer.
Budgeteer: If you won $1 million and had to donate
half to a cause or organization of your choice, where would you
direct the money?
Kienitz: I would definitely direct it to the MS
Society. My mom has Multiple Sclerosis; I see how hard getting around
is for her. She lives with pain, just doing everyday things. So
I would love to donate money and help them find a cure for that
Moore: I’d probably donate to St. Jude’s
Children’s hospital or some other children’s health
organization. I love children so much, it makes me sad to see them
suffer from cancer and other diseases. I’d love to donate
money to help them find cures, to help kids feel better.
Budgeteer: If you had more “you time,”
what would you do with it?
Kienitz: I would learn to play baseball. I’m
just not very athletic, so I would need a lot of coaching.
Moore: I’d probably just read more. A couple
years ago, I would read all the time. Now I’m so busy, there’s
no time. Back then I’d read 100 books over the summer, now
I’m lucky if I read five.
Budgeteer: Do you have a motto, and what is it?
Kienitz: I really have more of a philosophy: To
be yourself and not change for anyone. It’s hard at school
with peer pressure, not being accepted by everyone, but it’s
better to just be yourself — you’ll be a happier person.
Moore: Mine is along the same lines. No matter
what people say, be yourself. That’s how you avoid drugs and
other things, by not following the crowd. It’s a lot easier
to be yourself — and you’re a lot happier.