Switzerland County High School freshman Madesyn Byrd was crowned as the 2018 ‘Queen of Hearts’ on Saturday night. The pageant is an annual program of the Switzerland County FFA.
Madesyn earned the crown from a field of nine contestants. The ‘Queen of Hearts’ pageant is different from others because each contestant is asked to promote a particular charitable platform as part of their candidacy, The Switzerland County FFA then adopts the platform of the Queen as a community service focus throughout the coming year.
Madesyn’s platform for this year’s pageant is the Alzheimer’s Association.
Madesyn was sponsored in this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant by Anchor Glass & Co. She is the daughter of Janelle Moore.
She is an active member of the Pep Club; is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad; and also participates on the softball team. She volunteers at the River Reach clean up; and also volunteers with the Swiss Wine Festival and at the nursing home. She is a member of the National Honor Society; and has earned inclusion on the honor roll.
Following high school her career ambition is to become a flight nurse.
• The first runner up in Saturday night’s pageant was Ariel Oeffinger.
Ariel is the daughter of Sarah and Keith Oeffinger, and she was sponsored by Vevay Media Group.
She is a member of the varsity volleyball and softball teams; and is active in student council and BPA; and was Vice President of the Junior Class. She will serve as the Regional 12 President for the BPA.
Ariel’s career ambition is to attend Indiana University and student finance and economics; and her platform for the pageant was SDWR, an organization that works with service dogs.
• Ashley Day was honored as this year’s second runner up.
She is the daughter of Gloria and John Day; and her sponsor in the pageant was Mortenson Family Dental.
She serves as the manager of the football and wrestling teams; is active in Key Club, student council, and is the treasurer of the National Honor Society. She attends River Valley Community Church. She also earned a Gold Medal in the Solo and Ensemble competition.
Her platform for the Queen of Hearts pageant was Encouraging the self worth of youth; and he career plans are to attend Indiana University Southeast and study elementary education.
• Katelyn Yeary was named as the third runner up in the ‘Queen of Hearts’ pageant. She is the daughter of Jen Coy; and was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Shell’s Gas Station.
She participates on the varsity soccer and track teams; along with student council, the FFA, Pep Club, and the Veterans Day committee; and is an eight-year member of 4-H. She works at Hometown Pizza.
Kaitlyn’s platform for the pageant was the Switzerland County Animal Shelter; and following high school she plans on attending the University of Cincinnati to become a physical therapist.
• Chosen by her fellow competitors as Miss Congeniality was Lydia Northcutt.
Lydia is the daughter of Larry and Danielle Northcutt, and was sponsored in the pageant by Curlin Hill Top Farms.
She has been a member of the track team; the cross country team; and has been active with the art club. She is a member of the National Honor Society; and she was also elected as the ‘Niceness Queen’.
After graduation, her career ambition is to pursue a career in paralegal studies; and her platform for the pageant was cancer research.
• Other participants in this year’s ‘Queen of Hearts’ pageant included: Annabelle Bear, Lisa Cunningham, Kayla Scranton, and Aliya Young.