The Switzerland County 4-H Fair gets underway officially this Saturday, but every fair needs a Queen, and last Thursday evening the county crowned its royalty, as McKenna Edwards was honored as the 2016 Miss Switzerland County.
Queen McKenna was sponsored by RS Home Sales in the pageant, and she will be a freshman this fall at IUPUI in Indianapolis. She is the daughter of Michael and Marla Edwards, and is 18 years old.
She was the 2012 Edelweiss Teen Princess; the 2014 Glencoe Frontier Days Princess; the 2015 FFA Queen of Hearts; and the 2015 Edelweiss Princess. She was a varsity cheerleader in high school, serving as captain her senior year; and also was a member of the varsity softball team. She earned the Senior Scholastic Award; was a Top 10 Senior; and was President of the Business Professionals of America. She was a delegate to Hoosier Girls State; and serves on the Swiss Wine Festival Planning Board.
Her career plans are to double major in philanthropy and tourism, events, and conventions management; and hopes to plan fundraising events for a nonprofit organization.
Named as the first runner up in the pageant, and also honored by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality, was Robin Furnish.
She was sponsored in the contest by Bowling Farm Equipment, Darrin Bowling. She is 20 years old, will be a junior this fall at Trine University; and is the daughter of Rob and Cheryl Furnish.
She currently serves as a summer assistant in the Switzerland County Extension office; was the second runner up and Miss Congeniality in the 2015 Miss Switzerland County contest and the first runner up in the 2014 Miss Switzerland County contest; and was a 2015 American Degree recipient. She was the 2014 winner of the Lilly Endowment Scholarship; is a member of the Society of Women Engineers; the American Chemical Society; and the Biomedical Engineering Society.
She plans on earning a Ph.D. in Tissue Engineering and hopes to operate a research lab with focus on drug development or regenerative medicine.
The second runner up in Thursday night’s pageant was Summer Dickerson.
She is the daughter of Bridgett Miller and Mark Dickerson. She is 17 years old, and will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She was sponsored in the contest by the Kountry Kids 4-H Club.
She is active in the Business Professionals of America organization at the high school, where she has served as secretary and historian, and has been elected President. She serves as secretary of her class; plays on the varsity softball team; and is a member of student council. She was the first runner up in the Sweetheart Pageant; and the second runner up in the Queen of Hearts Pageant. She is also a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Students Against Destructive Decisions.
Also competing in the pageant was Cameron Ray and Kara Walcott.
The queen and her court will now reign over this year’s 4-H Fair, which gets underway this Saturday, July 9th, and runs through next Saturday, July 16th.
Make plans now to take in all of the events and activities at this year’s fair.