4-H Fair Queen contest is tomorrow night at the high school

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The Switzerland County 4-H Fair doesn’t begin at the fairgrounds until next month, but the fair officially kicks off tomorrow (Friday) night when the 2010 Miss Switzerland County 4-H Fair Queen is crowned.

The contest will begin at 8 p.m., and is being held in the cafeteria at Switzerland County High School. This year there are five contestants vying for the crown – and the opportunity to represent the county at the Indiana State Fair Queen pageant, which will be held in Indianapolis in August.

This year’s contestants include:

– ELIZABETH JANE ABBOTT: Beth Abbott is the daughter of Tim and Jenny Abbott of Parks Ridge. She will be a sophomore this fall at Western Kentucky University; and is being sponsored in the pageant by the Clover Kids 4-H club.

She was the 2009 winner of the Duke Energy Scholarship; the 2009 4-H Foundation Scholarship winner; and was the 2009 Switzerland County High School Homecoming Queen. She was the salutatorian of her graduating class; and is a member of the Prince of Peace Catholic Church.

After finishing her degree in political science she plans to possibly attend law school and one day has a goal of being a member of Congress.

– ANDREA NICOLE BROGAN: Andrea Brogan is being sponsored by the 4-H Rockers Club, and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She is the daughter of James and Rita Brogan of Florence.

She currently serves as President of the Switzerland County FFA chapter; has been a varsity cheerleader for four years; and earned the “Most Improved” award in track. At the fair, she has earned Grand Champion honors in several categories; and was the first runner up in the 2009 Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant.

After graduation she plans on attending Ball State University and majoring in nursing and minoring in political science.

– CHELSEA DAWN DUVALL: Chelsea Duvall will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Shonda and Tony Rose and Tim and Toni Young. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Cathy McAlister, independent Longaberger consultant.

She was the first runner up in the 2009 Queen of Hearts pageant; is a member of the National Honor Society; and has earned many Grand Champion honors at the fair, including two for her steers and five for her heifers. She was the Star Greenhand in the Switzerland County FFA in 2009; and currently serves as the FFA secretary.

Following graduation she plans on attending Purdue University and majoring in pre-veterinary medicine with a minor in animal science. She plans on becoming a large animal veterinarian.

- JULIE FURNISH: Julie Furnish is the daughter of Rob and Cheryl Furnish of near Vevay, and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Jennifer Scudder, State Farm Insurance.

She has served as the secretary and vice president of the Switzerland County FFA chapter; was secretary of the junior class; and earned the “Most Improved” award in cheerleading. She is president of the Junior Leaders; and also serves as president of her 4-H club, the Clover Kids. She was the FFA District 12 Public Speaking winner, is a varsity cheerleader, and a member of the National Honor Society.

After graduation she plans on attending Purdue University and majoring in dietetics.

- ALLEISHA REYNOLDS: Alleisha Reynolds is a 2010 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Gary and Tina Reynolds of Scotts Ridge. She is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Shoe String Photography.

In high school she served as an officer in the Switzerland County FFA; was a member of the Pep Club; and was voted “Mrs. Carhartt” by her fellow senior classmates. She served as a manager for the track team; and was also a member of the Business Professionals of America.

She is planning on pursuing a career in nursing.