Our 2014-15 Lincoln Czech-Slovak Queen is Emily Steinbach from Lincoln, NE. She is the daughter of Theodore & Holly Steinbach. Emily was crowned on May 4, 2014 at our 45th Annual Lincoln Czech Festival and competed in the 52nd Annual Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant on June 21st in Clarkson, NE.
When asked why her Czech heritage is important to her, Emily responded, My Czech-Slovak heritage is important to me because it has always been a big part of my life. I have always been surrounded by the Czech-Slovak culture and I have treasured every minute of it. I love learning how traditions we hold in our family such as eating fish on Christmas Eve, are celebrated back in my family’s homeland even today. Being surrounded by thousands of people dedicated to their Czech-Slovak heritage at the various festivals around the country has been a joy for me. I have learned so much about the language, traditions, food, music and culture over the years. I look forward to passing it along to my children and grandchildren so they can enjoy all of the rich heritage I am so passionate about.
Our 2014 Lincoln Czech-Slovak Prince is 10 year old Brennan Stones from Crete, NE. His parents are Marty & Linda Stones and he has 1 sister Marli (who happens to be the Princess). When asked why he wanted to be the Lincoln Czech-Slovak Prince, Brennen said “Because I enjoy Czech dancing and singing and I want to support my familys heritage. I also like to eat cherry kolaches!”. Brennen is also a member of the Wilber Besesda Dancers and the Young Czechs of Nebraska and has performed with both groups at numerous events, even learning how to sing some songs in Czech.
2014-15 Prince and Princesses
One of Our 2014 Lincoln Czech-Slovak Princess is 9 year old Marli Stones from Crete, NE. Her parents are Marty & Linda Stones and she has 1 brother Brennen (who happens to be the Prince). When asked why she wanted to be the Lincoln Czech-Slovak Princess, Marli said “Because I like singing and dancing and my Great-Great Grandfather traveled to America from the Czechland when he was 8 and I want to learn more about my heritage”. Marli is also a member of the Wilber Besesda Dancers and the Young Czechs of Nebraska and has performed with both groups at numerous events, even learning how to sing some songs in Czech.
One of our 2014 Lincoln Czech-Slovak Princess is 11 year old Caroline Kouma from Malcom, NE. Her parents are Robert & Erin Kouma and she has 1 brother. When asked why she wanted to be the Lincoln Czech-Slovak Princess, Caroline said “It would be a great privilege to become the Lincoln Princess, to honor my family’s heritage and learn more about my own Czech heritage”. Caroline plays clarinet in band and also enjoys playing basketball, softball and is a member of her local 4H club. She is also a member of the Young Czechs of Nebraska and enjoys singing and performing at Czech events. “I have learned many things about the Czech lifestyle. Our family still does butchering, sewing, baking family recipes that have been passed down for many years. I enjoy baking kolaches and dumplings with my Grandpa Dave and dancing the polka with him too”.
Emily represented us in the “Miss Nebraska Czech-Slovak Queen Pageant” in Clarkson, June 2014, where she won “Runner-Up”. The Lincoln Czechs are very proud of her and want to thank her for all that she has done to promote her Czech heritage.
2014-15 Lincoln Czech-Slovak Royalty (L to R) Marli Stones, Princess;
Brennen Stones, Prince;
Emily Steinbach, Queen; Caroline Kouma, Princess