Hersom crowned 2014 Maine Sea GoddessBarstow voted Miss Congeniality
Rockland — Abby Megan Hersom of Rockland was crowned Maine Sea Goddess July 30 during a coronation ceremony at the 67th Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park.
Hersom is the daughter of Michael and Hope Hersom, and a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.
Samantha Greer Dienesch-Calamari of Owls Head was named Crown Princess. She is the daughter of George and Karen Dienesch-Calamari, and a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.
Sienna Nicole Barstow of Thomaston was named Miss Congeniality, a title voted on by the other contestants. She is the daughter of Andy and Amy Barstow, and also a 2014 graduate of Oceanside High School.
A total of 15 Sea Princesses competed this year for the title of Maine Sea Goddess. Sophie Marie Cyr served as Crown Bearer.
Opening day of the festival saw a mysterious mix of sun, clouds and fog.
Dan Bookham served as emcee, introducing each of the 15 Sea Princesses. Members of the Rockland Coast Guard and Maine Maritime Academy escorted the contestants during the coronation.
Chuck Kruger, president of the Maine Lobster Festival Association and Sharon Lombardo, Festival Executive Committee member, spoke during the event.
Lombardo noted that the judges had commented what a difficult time they had making their selections.
"You are all winners," said Kruger.
Rockland Mayor Larry Pritchett was on hand as well.
King Neptune and his Royal Court presided over the event. Shayna Cohen of Hope sang several musical numbers, including "The National Anthem," "God Bless America" and "If I Ain't Got You" by Alicia Keys, accompanied by Alex Wilder on the keyboard. Mark Lewis of Thomaston played "Taps."
Hersom accepted the crown from 2013 Maine Sea Goddess Melissa Philbrook. She plans to attend Stonehill College and major in health care administration.
Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at email@example.com.
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.
Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington and RSU40.
Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.
Aside from photography, Beth enjoys working out, ocean therapy sessions and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 16.