Czech-Alaska Society

Miss Czech Slovak US Queen

Sandy Ptak of Anchorage Alaska is the new 2008-09 Miss Czech Slovak United States. Sandy is the daughter of Peter and Olga Ptak. She is will be a senior in the fall at Portland State University, double majoring in Business Management and Marketing. Sandy was an outstanding candidate for the pageant. She will be a great ambassador for the Czech and Slovak communities of the USA. Sandy not only was the overall title, she was the Grand Talent Winner, Miss Congeniality and won the Oratory Award. For Sandy’s talent she sang, in Czech, “I Drove All Night” by Celine Dion. Sandy is a first generation American. She is fluent in Czech, English and intermediate Spanish. In her spare time she enjoys horseback riding, reading about history and traveling. Sandy is the first contestant to ever represent Alaska.  To contact Sandy, you can email her at sandyptak@yahoo.com.

We are always looking for someone to represent Alaska in next Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant.  Let us help you if you're interested in being a pageant contestant, please contact the Czech-Alaska Society.


Sandy held title in 2008-2009 


Miss Czech Slovak US  Sandy Ptak Performs Talent With Special Guests 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5GsO94al_o

The real side of Czech/Slovak Queens

To be thoroughly entertained you must "Czech" out the link below. Our 2008 Miss Czech Slovak US - Sandy Ptak performed her Grand Talent winning song with assistance from some special "back up" dancers. Please feel free to forward to your Czech/Slovak friends for an absolutely great laugh!
 
Thanks,
MaryElizabeth
Miss Czech Slovak US Pageant Director

   







 

 



Pageant  Czech Slovak US 
August 2008




Being crowned Miss Czech-Slovak US was a wonderful addition to the already amazing weekend I had in Wilber, NE.  It was the first time I had ever been to a Czech festival in the US and I had no idea that there were so many people my age genuinely interested in preserving and celebrating my culture.  I am honored to be Miss Czech-Slovak United States and will continue to promote the pageant, festival, and my culture throughout the United States as well as Czech-Republic.

 

If anyone would like to contact me, my email address is sandyptak@yahoo.com.

 

August

 

I spent most of this month answering hundreds of emails and planning for my year to come.  The first two weeks felt like Sunday night in Wilber, and the rest of the month the idea that I was Queen this year slowly sunk in.  I would like to again thank everyone that went to support Czech Days and the pageant.  Nebraska was so welcoming and I appreciate all the support from the people I met that weekend.  And yes, I was a bit hot, but I didn’t want everyone to know!

 

September

 

-September suddenly became a lot busier than I had anticipated.  I was still planning appearances and emailing ideas and responses daily. 

-17th I flew back to Alaska, my home state which I represented in Nebraska, and felt like a busy celebrity.  I spent six hours recording a Polka/Waltz CD in Czech that will be on sale in late October as a fundraiser for my travel budget.  My vocal coach is Peggy Monoghan of Arctic Siren Records.  www.arcticsiren.com

-19th I attended a Polka Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish, which was a Catholic mass, I read a reading from the “big book” and there was a Polka dance afterwards.

-21st Photo shoot with www.wowphotoak.com, and some photos are showcased here.

-26th was the quarterly Czech-Alaska Society Polka Party where I showcased pictures from Nebraska, my trophies and crowns.  I also MC these events regularly, and performed a few polkas as well.

-27th I attended and sang Polkas and Waltzes at the Alaska World Affairs Council Ball and Banquet. 

-28th flew back to Portland, Oregon where school started back up on the 30th.

 

October

 

-1st  Washington Policy Center dinner.  I was invited to sing the Czech National Anthem for honorary guests, Vaclav Klaus, Czech President, and Czech Ambassador, Peter Kolar!  www.washingtonpolicy.org  I sat at the table with his staff and met the U.S. Secret Service, all of whom were generous and were easy to share a few laughs with.

-4th Fly to Oklahoma for the Yukon Czech Festival.  Great festival, and I spent much of my time with the former Nebraska Queen, Shandra Korbelik, 1st Runner Up Christy Kessler, and the current New Jersey Queen, Brianna Tichy.  I was also privileged to watch the crowning ceremony of the new royalty and meet the new Oklahoma Queen.

-5th Drive to York, Nebraska for Czechfest.  Thank you for your donations and letting me entertain!  I also met the new Nebraska Queen this weekend, and the dudy (Czech Bagpipes) were great!  Thank you to the Miller Family (my Wilber Little Sister’s family) for yet another great time in Nebraska!


November 

Thankgiving at Nebraska , visiting my Little Sister Shayla Millers family.
Visiting with Nebraska Queen Shandra Korbelik.
Visit Friend Nebraska elementary School.
Visiting Czech class at University  of Nebraska  


December

6th- Portland Oregon Czech Society invited me for their anual picknick.   I had nice welcome, was able to tell them about my Miss Czech-Slovak US pageant experience.  Oregon is working on having their representative in 2009 for next Miss Czech-Slovak US

December 2008

 

-13th- January ,   Christmas Break at home in Anchorage, AK

-14th - Attended, performed, and was MC at the December Polka Party, sponsored by the Czech-Alaska Society.  http://www.czechalaskasociety.org/

 

January/February 2009

 

I took 20 credits at school and spent my time looking for contestants and planning future events.  There were no events during these months that I was aware of. 

 

March 2009

 

-Had Spring Break at home in Anchorage, AK.

-28th  Attended, performed, and was MC at the Polka Party, sponsored by the Czech-Alaska Society.  http://www.czechalaskasociety.org/

-31st  Made it back to Oregon after having two flights cancelled on account of Mt. Redoubt eruption with cloud of ash  falling on Anchorage.

 

April 2009

-17th  Trip to Texas with Valerie Tichy from New Jersey
Visited the Czech Center Museum Houston.  Thank you for the tour, Effie!  http://www.czechcenter.org/

-18th  Texas State Pageant.  Stayed with a wonderful family, the Gentry’s, in Houston.  Due to stormy weather and a power outage, we were unable to make it to the State pageant and we lost out on some sight seeing.  Meeting new Texas queen.

-19th Czech Spring Fest, Houston, TX, April 19th.  Texas was amazing.  Once the weather cleared up I saw so many beautiful places, both natural and man made.  We picked up a truck load, literally, of kolace, and they were delicious.  I sang the national anthem, spoke for a few minutes, did my Sarah Palin impersonation, and danced!

 

May 2009

 

-9th  Washington, D.C  European Union Open House in

Over 2,500 eager visitors visited the Czech Embassy and, with the assistance of guides, toured the beautiful, unique residence of the Czech Ambassador. Czech girls, including Miss Czech-Slovak US 2008-2009 Sandy Ptak, wearing elaborate national costumes from the 1800’s greeted the guests while the popular band Ondras played traditional Czech folk music. The visitors viewed an exhibition featuring Czech UNESCO World Heritage sites, which present historical architectural gems in the Czech Republic, and an exclusive photography exhibit of the Spouses of the Ambassadors of the EU Diplomatic Missions to the US by photographer Abby Greenawalt. Moreover, visitors could learn about and purchase Bohemian crystal imported directly from the Czech Republic from the company, Topix Crystal Art.

 


June 2009
Nebraska -  Judging state pageant in Clarkson, June 17th
Sandy Ptak wants to let you know that her Proclamation to the City
of Friend (Key to the city ceremony) officially scheduled for 6/16/09 at 6 pm at City Hall. The mayor, newspaper, & city board members will be present. We are opening this to the public & it will be in the Czech-Slovanti newspaper, Friend paper, & Wilber paper.

 

 

 

June 2009  
- back to Alaska for June 28th Czech -Alaska Celebration in  Anchorage, AK  
Sandy was  honored to be part of Celebration, visit of Czech Ambassador Petr Kolar 
 investiture of Frank Nosek to Honorary Consul General.  Perfoming for all dignitary 
and Alaska  Czechs, Slovaks and their family and friends. 
Accompanying Mr. Ambassador to his ventures during his visit in Alaska.


     
 

 

 

Nebraska  2009 -Ceske Slavnosti  Wilber  

Miss Czech Slovak US 2008 Sandy Ptak Performs Talent
With Special Guests


 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r5GsO94al_o

 

 

 

 


TEXAS  April 2009


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