Makaila Hickey of Rockland was crowned 2019 Maine Sea Goddess July 31 in ceremonies at the 72nd Maine Lobster Festival at Harbor Park.

A 2019 graduate of Oceanside High School, Hickey is the daughter of Lee and Dawne Hickey. She was crowned by RADM Tiongson of the U.S. Coast Guard. Hickey plans to attend Husson University to major in mass communications, and hopes to become a Trekkers program manager.

Meghan Keizer of Port Clyde was named Crown Princess, and was crowned by 2018 Maine Sea Goddess Erin Dugan. She is the daughter of Jamie Keizer and Angie Dugan, and plans to attend Husson University to major in nursing. She is a 2019 graduate of Camden Hills Regional High School.

Kathrine Simoneau, daughter of Craig Simoneau and Theresa Waters-Grubbs, of Thomaston, was named Miss Congeniality, a title voted on by her fellow contestants. She is a 2019 graduate of Midcoast Christian Academy, and plans to become a music teacher.

A total of 11 Sea Princesses competed this year for the title of Maine Sea Goddess. Charley Thompson, daughter of Corey and Rebecca Thompson of Owls Head, served as crown bearer.

Vocalist Alexandra Desaulniers, accompanied by pianist Sean Fleming, sang the national anthem, "Amazing Grace" and "Touch the Sky," while Chaplain Lt. David Downey of the Coast Guard assisted in conducting the memorial service for all men and women lost at sea.

Joe Begenwald from Bugles Across America played "Taps" as King Neptune placed the memorial wreath.

Coronation Committee Chairwoman Kelly Leidenroth directed her first coronation, taking over for Sharon Lombardo. Leidenroth introduced Festival President Celia Knight.

Tyler Curtis-Southard, meteorologist with Courier Publications and Village Soup, served as emcee, introducing each of the Sea Princesses. Members of the Coast Guard, Rockland Police Department and Knox County Sheriff's Office escorted the contestants during the coronation.

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