Jessie Ray crowned as 2009 Edelweiss Teen Princess at Swiss Wine Festival

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The 2009 Swiss Wine Festival opened last Thursday night with the crowning of the Edelweiss Teen Princess on the Main Stage, and after an outstanding showing by all of the candidates, Switzerland County High School junior Jessie Ray earned the crown.

There were 14 entrants in this year’s pageant, and contestants were judged on evening gown, a Swiss costume, and by answering a question that they were given on stage.

Jessie Ray and her court then assisted with festival activities and events during the following three days.

Jessie Ray was sponsored in this year’s pageant by The Ridge Winery Tasting Room; and she is the daughter of Troy Ray of near Vevay; and Billie and Shane Jackson of Vevay.

She served as president of her freshman and sophomore classes; and is the co-captain of the varsity cheerleading squad. She is a member of the volleyball team; was the first runner up in the 2008 Swiss Wine Festival Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant; and was Miss Congeniality of the 2009 “Queen of Hearts” pageant. She is a member of the National Honor Society; and participates in FFA; student council; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Following graduation she plans on attending college to pursue a career in psychology.

Jessie Ray was also honored by her fellow contestants by being named Miss Congeniality.

The first runner up in the Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant was Andrea Brogan.

She is the daughter of James and Rita Brogan of Florence; and was sponsored in the pageant this year by Patty Chase, Mary Kay Cosmetics.

She is a junior at Switzerland County High School; and is a member of the varsity cross country and track teams; and is also a varsity cheerleader. She was the fourth runner up in the 2007-2008 Swiss Wine Festival Teen Princess pageant; and was vice president of her freshman and sophomore classes. She has earned Grand Champion honors for her sheep project; and has also earned the Intermediate Showmanship award.

Following graduation she plans on attending college and studying elementary education.

Earning second runner up honors was Hayley South. She is the daughter of Carol Smith of Vevay and Jim South; and was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Coates and Associates. She is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School.

She is a member of the varsity softball, volleyball, and basketball teams; earning awards in softball and basketball. She was also nominated for All Conference in softball. She also enjoys swimming and hanging out with her friends.

After graduation she would like to attend the University of North Carolina and studying to pursue a career as a physical therapist.

The third runner up in the Teen Princess pageant was Samantha Reynolds. She is a freshman at Switzerland County High School; and was sponsored by Color Creations. She is the daughter of Melissa and Lowell Reynolds of Vevay.

She is a member of the National Honor Society; and participates in the Congressional Youth Leadership Council. She enjoys volleyball, track, cross country, going to movies, music, singing, and attending church.

Following graduation she plans pursuing a career as a teen psychologist.

The fourth runner up in Thursday’s pageant was Brooke Lock. She is a freshman at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Beverly Albert and George Stivers of Lake Geneva Road. She is being sponsored in the pageant by the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire Department.

She is a member of the 21st Century Scholars program; and is a junior varsity cheerleader. She is also a member of the Switzerland County High School Marching Pacer Band.

Following graduation from Switzerland County High School, she plans on attending Indiana University and pursuing her career ambition of becoming an Emergency Room doctor.

Other candidates in the Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant included: Emily Bush, Brooke Dickerson, Chelsea Duvall, Paige Freeman, Olivia Hewitt, Hannah Slover, Korah Taylor, Breinna Welch, and Alyssa Yorn.

Kaleesa Archer served as the emcee for the ceremonies.