Congratulations to Elizabeth Gazelka!
While representing Rochester as Miss Rochester Latina, she placed first runner-up in Miss Minnesota Latina Pageant on May 23 at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul.
“I believe that my story embodies the spirit of what it means to be Latina in America and what it means to be a leader in the multicultural community, and I’m glad I had the opportunity to represent Rochester,” Gazelka said.
This wasn’t her first major pageant — she also competed for Miss Minnesota USA in 2013.
“It’s always nerve-wracking, though,” she said. “It’s a long day, starting out with hair and makeup, the interview portion, some final prepping before the audience arrives, and then we go on stage, give our introductions. Then the rest of it is a bit of a whirlwind: the cocktail dress portion, swimsuit and then evening gown to finish up, and then the final question that we answered on stage. It was a great experience!”
When not competing in pageants, aside from her job as a clinical assistant at the Mayo Clinic, Gazelka is spending her time trying to start a beauty charity.
“I am also currently working on starting my own nonprofit beauty charity to use beauty to give women the tools to succeed in their personal lives and careers,” she said. “It means a lot to me to give back to the communities that have made me who I am today — the Rochester community and the Hispanic community — and that is exactly what I intend to do.
“I will help others to see themselves for their full potential and will help others to succeed to make our community, nation and world better,” she said. “I want to call it Crown of Creation. Just valuing the value that women have and the value that God puts in all of us to just shine and to be successful in life in whatever we put our hearts and minds to. Some would say that beauty isn’t useful, but we have to realize that there is power behind that, and we can do anything once we feel well presented.”
State of animation
Greg Bro, everyone’s favorite cartoonist originally from Stewartville, is at it again.
Bro just released a short film, “The History of Jug Band Music,” an animated short he made for the Jack Norton film “Jug Band Hokum.”
“My short gives a high-level overview of where jug band music came from and how it’s reflected in the music of today,” Bro said. “I typically write my projects, but for this one, I was solely responsible for the artwork and animation. Jack and Kitty (Jack’s wife) Norton sent me a script, along with a rough storyboard, and then just let me go. They really gave me a lot of freedom, which I appreciated.”
We’ll be seeing a lot more from Bro in the near future. Projects in the works include an animated musical about a drive-by shooting, called “Thugs, The Musical.” And he is starting development on a concept he sold to DreamWorks TV for its online channel.
“It’s an animated show for the kids,” Bro said. “It’s an action comedy about a little boy who forms a superhero team to protect his neighborhood from petty crime, T-shirt cannons, and lawn gnome vandalism.”
You can check out all of Bro’s work at thebroshow.com or www.youtube.com/user/thebroshow.