Emerson Schroer, Bailey Bennett are Swiss Ambassador candidates


Switzerland County will be represented this Saturday in the Swiss Ambassador Program at the Swiss Wine Festival by two outstanding members of the senior class.

The program, which provides a $500 scholarship, is sponsored by the Community Foundation of Switzerland County.

• Emerson Juliann Schroer is this year’s Switzerland County Female Swiss Ambassador contestant.

She is 18 years old and a senior at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of John and Laura Schroer of near Patriot. She is currently on track to earn her Academic Honors Diploma; and volunteers her time at the concession stand at the 4-H Fair, serves as a Camp Counselor at the Southeastern Indiana 4-H Camp, volunteers in the Swiss Wine Festival booths, and was a participant in the Purdue Sophomore Leadership Program.

She is a member of the 4-H Junior Leaders program; was the 2015 Swiss Wine Festival Edelweiss Teen Princess; and is a member of the National Honor Society. She is also active in the Business Professionals of America; the Key Club; and the Outdoor Club; and she is also a member of the varsity volleyball team.

She attended the Richard Lugar Symposium for Tomorrow’s Leaders; is a member of the Student Leadership Advisory Council; and earned both the Rising Stars of Indiana Award and the Ronald Reagan Award.

Emerson’s career plans are to attend a college in Indiana and major in psychology with a minor in journalism; and then work to aid troubled teenagers.

• Bailey Craig Bennett is this year’s Switzerland County Male Swiss Ambassador contestant.

He is a senior at Switzerland County High School, is 18 years old, and is the son of Joe Bennett of near Quercus Grove and Lisa Lloyd of near Patriot. Bailey is on schedule to earn his Academic Honors Diploma, and serves as President of the Senior Class after serving last year as the Vice President of the junior class; and he also served on the Prom Committee. He volunteers his time at both the Swiss Wine Festival and the Navy Bean Festival in Rising Sun; and was a participant in the Purdue Sophomore Leadership Program. In school he is a member of the Spanish Club and the Pep Club; has earned inclusion in the National Honor Society; and is a student representative to the Swiss Wine Festival.

He is a member of both the soccer and track teams, earning the championship of the ORVC in the 110-meter hurdles and was also a part of the team championship.

After high school, Bailey plans on attending Indiana University in Bloomington and will major in accounting while minoring in Spanish language. His career goal is to move to Spain and find a job where he was utilize his college degrees.

This year’s Swiss Ambassador Program will be held at the Main Stage on Saturday, and will begin at 1:45 p.m.