The Minneapolis Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes and Aquatennial Princesses were crowned July 20 at the Ted Mann Concert Hall on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank.
Carly Smith was named the new 2013 Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes. Smith is the former Red Wing Ambassador. Presiding beside her will be Aquatennial Princess Anna Surprenant, former Miss Sleepy Eye 2011, and Leah Kruc, former Fridley Ambassador.
Kruc is studying biomedical engineering at the University of Minnesota and hopes to continue on to become a medical student there as well. She works part-time as a personal care assistant for clients with physical and mental handicaps helping them complete daily routine tasks.
Kruc has earned several prestigious scholarships for her academics and extra-curricular involvement.
In her free time, Kruc enjoys playing golf, dancing and working with Acts of Fellowship and the Anoka County 4-H. She also volunteers for Habitat for Humanity and Feed My Starving Children, teaches Vacation Bible School and enjoys baking.
Kruc hopes to complete her residency at the University and become a practicing pediatrician. Her dream job would be working with “Doctors Without Borders” to use her skills to help the global population.
The 2013 Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes and Aquatennial Princesses will travel around the state, nation and world as ambassadors for the city of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Aquatennial. Throughout their reign, the Aquatennial Ambassadors will participate in community service projects and festival events around the region, as well as assist in the leadership development of young women.