The Switzerland County FFA hosted its annual “Queen of Hearts” pageant this past Saturday night, and sophomore Brooke Johnson was honored as this year’s pageant winner.
One of the unique things about the Queen of Hearts pageant is that each contestant presents a social platform, and the FFA then adopts the winning candidate’s platform as a group project for the coming year. Brooke Johnson’s platform is the American Cancer Society.
Brooke is the daughter of Bobby and Kendra Johnson, and was sponsored by Hack’s Septic Service. She is a member of the varsity volleyball and swim teams; is a member of student council; the Pep Club, and the Spanish Club. She is secretary of the sophomore class; is a member of the National Honor Society; and was a member of the basketball team during the 2017-2018 season.
Brooke has volunteered her time at the local food pantry; participated in the River Reach program; and volunteered time at the Swiss Wine Festival ticket booth and information booth. She has earned many awards for her athletic abilities while in school; and was honored as the Pre-Teen Princess of the Swiss Wine Festival.
Her plans after high school include studying audiology at Indiana University.
Brooke was also honored by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.
This year’s first runner up is Destine Peelman. She was sponsored by Curlin Hilltop Farm, and is the daughter of Beverly and Darrell Peelman.
In school Destine is a member of the Pep Club; the Key Club; the Spanish Club; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been involved in the track program; the cheerleading program; and was a participant in the Sophomore Leadership Program.
She has been a volunteer at the Swiss Wine Festival, helping clean as well as other tasks; and she has also volunteered to help clean and landscape at the Thiebaud Farmstead Museum of the Switzerland County Historical Society. She was the 2015 Edelweiss Pre-Teen Princess; and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Her career plans after high school are to study to be a nurse practitioner.
Kayla Scranton is this year’s second runner up. She is the daughter of Harold and Lisa Scranton, and was sponsored in the pageant by the Vevay Shell Gas Station.
She is a member of the varsity soccer and archery teams; is a member of the FFA program; and is a junior class officer. She is a member of the National Honor Society; the Conservation Club; the Academic team; has participated in Parlimentary Procedure competitions; and was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ for the Class of 2020.
Kayla is active in the county’s 4-H program and its Junior Leaders program; she is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; and the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was honored as “Miss Flame” for District 19 by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Following high school, Kayla plans on studying to become a genetic counselor working with children.
Other contestants in this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant included Annabelle Bear, Willow Lieland, and Kaitlyn Yeary.