2014 Edelweiss Princess will be crowned this Sunday evening

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The 2014 Swiss Wine Festival officially opens on Thursday, August 21st, but the first sanctioned event actually happens this Sunday evening when this year’s Edelweiss Princess is crowned.

The pageant will be held in the cafeteria of Switzerland County High School, and will begin at 7 p.m. There is a $5 admission fee for the contest.

This year there are seven young ladies competing for not only the honor of reigning over this year’s four days of festivities, but also for a portion of $1,900 in college scholarship money.

This year’s Princess will earn a $1,000 scholarship; while her court will receive lesser scholarships.

Contestants for the title include:

– MacKENZIE JO ANDERSON. Mackenzie Anderson is the daughter of Cindy and Tully Anderson of near Florence. She will be a freshman this fall at Northern Kentucky University; and is being sponsored in the pageant by The Ridge Winery Tasting Room.

She is a member of Markland Baptist Church; and while a student at Lawrenceburg High School she had perfect attendance for all four years; was a member of the National Honor Society; was a member of the Regional Champion girls soccer team. She was the 2012 Football Homecoming Princess; and the 2014 Basketball Homecoming Princess.

Her specific career ambition is undecided, but she would like to tutor young adults to make the right life choices in whatever field she chooses.

– ERIKA DANIELLE COY. Erika Coy will be a freshman this fall at Indiana University in Bloomington; and she is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by State Farm Insurance, Jeni Scudder, agent. Erika is the daughter of Greg and Barb Coy of near Vevay.

At Switzerland County High School she served as President of the Senior Class; was Valedictorian of the Senior Class; and was the 2014 Queen of Hearts. She earned the Mental Attitude Award in the ORVC in both volleyball and basketball; was a delegate to Hoosier Girls State; and was active in Business Professionals of America; FCA; and the Olive Branch Baptist Church youth group; and volunteers with the Special Olympics.

She plans on attending Indiana University to pursue a degree in telecommunications.

- JACLYN VIRGINIA HART. Jaclyn Hart is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Shell’s Ice Cream; and she is the daughter of Dan and Trina Hart of near Pleasant. She will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School.

She has earned the Outstanding 4-Her Award; was second runner up for Miss Switzerland County in 2014; and is a nine year member of the 4-H program. She is President of her 4-H club. In school, she will serve as the Senior Class President for the Class of 2015; is a member of student council; the English Academic Team; Business Professionals of America; and is captain of the bowling team.

Her career ambition is to earn a master’s degree in business and either own her own franchise or be he CEO of an American-owned company.

– JACQUELINE DETRAZ HENSLEY. Jacqueline Hensley is the daughter of Bobby and Monica Hensley of Vevay, and is being sponsored in the pageant by Detraz Services. She will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School.

She currently ranks third academically in the senior class; and is a member of the National Honor Society and Spanish Club. She is a member of the varsity volleyball and swim teams, earning the Mental Attitude Award in swimming for two straight years and the jayvee serving award in volleyball. She was the fourth runner up in the Swiss Wine Festival Teen Princess Pageant.

Her career ambition is to attend college and pursue a degree in political science; and then attend law school and become an attorney.

– OLIVIA JANE HEWITT. Olivia Hewitt is being sponsored in the Edelweiss Princess pageant by River Ridge Realtors, Christy Cutter, agent. She will be a sophomore this fall at Hanover College, and is the daughter of Christy Cutter and David Hewitt.

In high school, she was the Valedictorian of the Class of 2013; and participated in volleyball, swimming, and track. In swimming she earned Most Valuable Swimmer honors. She also served as President of the FFA for two terms; and was President of the Key Club and the FCA. She was awarded the Paul Ogle Scholarship. At Hanover she is a member of the Phi Mu sorority; and earned inclusion in the Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society.

Her career plans are to graduate with honors with a degree in kinesiology and integrative physiology with a possible minor in Spanish; and attain a job in the medical field as an aquatics therapist. She also hopes one day to enter the mission field.

– OLIVIA JOYE PAVY. Olivia Pavy is the daughter of Gary Pavy and Janna Sweeney, and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Besi, Inc.

She has participated in the District and State competitions for Business Professionals of America; is a member of the Pep Club; and also was a part of the Sophomore Leadership Program. She is active in the FCA; and is a member of the volleyball team, where she earned the Most Improved Award for the varsity team. She also plays club volleyball, and enjoys swimming, photography, and being outdoors.

After graduation, her career ambition is to be accepted to college and be a part of a dental hygiene program and be a dental hygienist.

- KORAH ANNE TAYLOR. Korah Taylor is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Wai Back Forty Farms; and is the daughter of Andi and Joey Wainscott of near Fairview. She will be a sophomore this fall at Indiana State University in Terre Haute.

She has been very active in the Switzerland County 4-H program, earning Most Outstanding 4-Her honors; and she also volunteers with the 4-H program. She is an Honors Student; was the People’s Choice winner in the ‘Springtime of Hope’ pageant; and was the recipient of the Linda Bennitt Scholarship. She enjoys reading, singing, dancing, and school.

Her career ambition is to graduate from Indiana State University and pursue a career as a criminal psychiatrist for the FBI.

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This year’s 43rd Swiss Wine Festival gets underway on Thursday, August 21st, and runs through Sunday, August 24th in the Paul Ogle Riverfront Park.

For more information on the events for this year’s festival, see the story on page B-8 of today’s edition; or log onto SwissWineFestival.org.