McKenna Edwards is crowned as 2013 Edelweiss Teen Princess

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The 42nd Swiss Wine Festival got underway last Thursday night with a variety of events and activities, and the opening night festivities were highlighted by the crowning of McKenna Edwards as the 2013 Edelweiss Teen Princess.

She was honored from a field of 15 contestants, and joined Chelsea Duvall, this year’s Edelweiss Princess, in reigning over this year’s festival.

McKenna Edwards was sponsored in the pageant by RS Home Sales, and is the daughter of Michael and Marla Edwards of near Quercus Grove. She is a sophomore this year at Switzerland County High School.

She was in the Top 10 of the freshman class; earned inclusion on the honor roll; and was a freshman class officer. She is a cheerleader; and is a member of the swimming and softball teams.

She earned awards as the Outstanding Rookie Swimmer on the swim team; the Most Improved Award for varsity cheerleading; and the Offense Award for the junior varsity softball team.

She is also active in the Pep Club, the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Students Against Destructive Decisions, Outdoor Club, and Business Professionals of America, where she qualified for the State BPA Competition.

She is currently learning American Sign Language, and is also active in the Olive Branch Baptist Church Youth Group.

Her career plan is to attend college and pursue a degree in business with a minor in fashion merchandising, and hopes to open a bridal shop and coordinate weddings.

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– The first runner up in Thursday’s pageant was McKayli Scudder.

She is a freshman at Switzerland County High School this fall, and was sponsored in the pageant by Danner’s Hardware. She is the daughter of Devin and Chastity Scudder.

She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and cheerleading; and is a member of the cross country, track, and basketball teams. She earned the MVP award of the Vevay Newspapers Track Invitational; earned the Field Events MVP Award in track for the season; and earned the Freethrow Award in basketball.

She is active in the Switzerland Baptist Church Youth Group.

She would like to obtain a degree and license in business and insurance.

– Rachel Ard was honored as the second runner up in the Teen Princess Pageant.

She is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School and the daughter of Larry and Shannon Ard. She was sponsored by S&S Grocery 2 in Pleasant.

She is a member of the varsity soccer and softball teams; and is on the competition cheerleading squad. She was the Vice President of her freshman class. She earned the Mental Attitude Award in cheerleading; earned an Academic Award for her work in the classroom; and also volunteered with the Samantha Hansen Scholarship Fund.

Her career goal is to attend Indiana University and pursue a career in the medical field and become a pediatrician.

– Summer Dickerson was named the third runner up in the pageant.

She is a freshman this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Mark Dickerson and Bridgette Miller. She was sponsored in the pageant by Cocoa Tan.

She is a member of the Business Professionals of America; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; student council; Builders Club; and the Pleasant Outlaws 4-H club. Through Business Professionals of America she earned her way to the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, where she placed fifth in keyboard production and eighth in spreadsheet application. She attends Switzerland Baptist Church.

Her career goal is to attend college and become a behavior analyst, with a goal of working with the FBI.

- The fourth runner up in the pageant was Jacqueline Hensley.

She was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Detraz Services, and is a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School. She is the daughter of Bobby and Monica Hensley.

She is a member of the Spanish Club; Pep Club; Business Professionals of America; and the National Honor Society; and she also participates on the varsity volleyball and swimming teams and is in the Top 10 in her class.

She earned honors in Business Professionals of America competitions at the district, and state levels; and she also serves as a lifeguard at the Switzerland County YMCA.

Her career ambition is to pursue a career in the criminal justice field.

- Chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality was Kylie Carfield.

She is the daughter of Joe and Michelle Carfield, and is a sophomore this fall at Switzerland County High School. She was sponsored in the pageant by Vevay Newspapers.

She is a member of the student council; the Switzerland County High School Band; cheerleading; and is a member of the softball team. She earned the Most Spirit Award in cheerleading; and also earned a gold medal in the Indiana State School Music Association’s Solo and Ensemble Contest.

She plans on attending college and pursuing a career in education.

– Other contestants in Thursday’s pageant included: Destiny Brown, Kelsey Bush, Samantha Christerson, Abbie Christman, Eve Galbreath, Paige Lime, Cameron Ray, Kelby Rogers, and Paige Works.