Hailey Dornbusch is 2019 Miss Switzerland County


Hailey Rose Dornbusch was crowned as the 2019 Miss Switzerland County last Thursday night, officially kicking off this year’s Switzerland County 4-H Fair. The pageant was held in the cafeteria of Switzerland County High School.

  This year’s fair will be held beginning this Saturday, July 6th, and will run through Saturday, July 13th.

  This year’s Queen is the daughter of Chris and Jennifer Dornbusch of near Vevay. She is 18 years old, and is a recent graduate of Switzerland County High School, and also from Ivy Tech Community College. She was sponsored in the pageant by Rivertown Photo Booth.

  Hailey graduated fifth overall in her class; and was a member of the National Honor Society. She was the President of the Student Council; was a three time participant in the NASP World Tournament; and is the school record holder as the top female shooter.

  She is involved in the Switzerland County 4-H program; and her hobbies include cooking, modeling, and playing the flute.

  Hailey’s career ambition is to become a better chef by earning a bachelor’s degree in restaurant management with a concentration in culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University.

  The first runner up in this year’s Queen pageant was Kaitlyn Yeary.

  She is the daughter of Jennifer Coy of Markland Pike, and was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Patience Dean Photography. She is 17 years old, and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She and earned the Outstanding Student Award for cosmetology at the Southeastern Career Center. Kaitlyn’s career ambition is to enlist in the U.S. Army or Air Force Reserves and be a therapy tech and then continue on to college to become a physical therapist while doing cosmetology on the side.

  Allee Howlett was honored as this year’s second runner up in the Miss Switzerland County pageant.

  She is a graduate of Rising Sun High School, and was sponsored by Vevay Media Group. She is 18 years old, and is the daughter of Aimee Howlett Ballard of Rising Sun. She serves as the President of her 4-H Club; has served as a counselor at 4-H Camp, as well as a group leader and junior director. She is a member of the Olive Branch Baptist Church Youth Group, and is a 10-year member of 4-H. Allee’s career ambition is to become a registered nurse and work with children in the endocrinology field and/or the NICU.

  Chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality was Hailey Gerster.

  She is 18 years old and is the daughter of Chad and Crystal Higgins of near Fairview. She is a graduate of Switzerland County High School, and was sponsored in the pageant this year by Bear Branch Supply. In 4-H, she has earned Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion honors with rabbits, beef, swine, tobacco, garden, single vegetable, preservation, corn, and earned Senior Showmanship honors. Hailey plans to attend Purdue University to major in agriculture education with a dual minor in soil science and animal nutrition; and plans on being an agriculture teacher.