Heidi Lechner – Miss German-America 1993

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Twenty-five years ago in 1993, Heidi Lechner was crowned Miss German-America.  She applied after graduating from the University of Massachusetts, majoring in German, and wanted to put her  language and cultural skills to good use, along with honoring her family’s heritage and their involvement in the Bavarian Club Edelweiss Westchester. Heidi’s favorite part of her […]

Esther Carpenter Hutchinson – 2003 Princess


  In 2003, Esther Carpenter Hutchinson was crowned Princess in the Miss German-America Court.   Having always attended the Parade, she enjoyed watching Court Members on the float looking so happy and celebratory and wanted to be apart of a great tradition. Her advice to future court members is, “Have fun! The energy and excitement […]

Get to Know Niche Import Co.

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Written by: Samantha Hart Many components come together to make every parade season special and new while honoring traditions. Fostering community is the most important (and in my opinion, the best) part of the Steuben Parade. In preparation for the 2018 parade season I have been chatting with our sponsors for some participant insights. One […]

Joann Siewertsen – Princess/Acting Cornflower Queen 1968

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Joann B. (Meyer) Siewertsen was a Princess and Acting Cornflower Queen in 1968. Today she is a member of several of the Plattdeutsche Vereins. She is very active and busy with them. Joann and her husband, Hans, who is President of the Foehrer and the PVV also attend many of the Parade events each year. […]

Kathryn Pando – 2008 Princess


The German/Austrian-American culture has always been special for Kathryn Pando, a Princess in the 2008 Miss German-America Court. She learned about the Steuben Parade through her classmate, now Vice Chairlady, Nicole Radske-Miskiewicz, when they were members of the German Club at St. Francis Prep in Queens. Kathryn, now a lawyer, still enjoys participating in the […]

German-American Committee Scholarships 2018

We are pleased to announce the second year of the German-American Committee of Greater New York Scholarships which will be awarded in July of 2018. The German-American Committee is accepting applications for both high school and college scholarships. The eligibility for applicants will be based on students in 8th grade or attending high school for […]

Kristina Kren – Miss German-America 2013


Kristina Kren always knew she wanted to be crowned Miss German-America ever since she was ten years old and a Junior Princess in the Steuben Parade. In fact, she’s been a member of the German-American community since birth; her grandparents immigrated from Germany and immediately became involved. She grew up as a member of the […]

The Miss German-America Experience

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My experience as Miss German-America has been nothing short of incredible. Before and even during the crowning, I had no idea what I should anticipate and how my year would unfold. I am happy to report that the experience surpassed all of my expectations, simply because it has been magical. My favorite part of my […]

Reflections, Miss German-America

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Every year since the very first German-American Steuben Parade in 1957, a Miss German-America has been chosen to represent the German-American Community. As we prepare to crown the 2018 Miss German-America and her Court on May 20th,  we wanted to take time to highlight and revisit a few Miss German-America’s and Princesses celebrating milestone anniversary years […]

Thank You Köln


As Miss German-America, I take immense pride in my cultural history and to say that my trip to Köln was a dream-come-true would be an understatement. Ever since I can remember I dreamed of walking on cobblestone streets and embracing the German culture while living in the country. Although my trip lasted a short amount […]