The Switzerland County FFA will host its annual “Queen of Hearts” pageant this Saturday night, March 16th, in the cafeteria of the high school. The program will begin at 7 p.m., and there is a $3 admission fee.
The pageant is unique because it asks each contestant to identify a social platform that is near to their hearts. Each year, the Switzerland County FFA takes on the platform of the winning contestant as a community outreach program.
This year there are six contestants vying for the title of “Queen of Hearts”:
• ANNABELLE BEAR is the daughter of T.R. and Lindy Bear, and is sponsored in the pageant by Edelweiss Floral. She is a member of the varsity cheer team, the competition cheer team; the varsity golf team, and the track team. She is active in FFA, the Business Professionals of America; and the Pep Club. A member of the FFA executive committee, Annabelle participated in the FFA Creed Speaking competition at District, and was also a member of the Quiz Bowl team.
She volunteers at the Swiss Wine Festival and with the Switzerland County Lions Club; is a volunteer with Zero Gravity Tumbling; the River Reach program; and has been a bell ringer for the Salvation Army, She also helps with Mini Cheer Camp and with the Angel Tree program.
Her career ambition is to attend medical school and also cheer in college; and he platform for the pageant is Giving Hope to Kids at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital.
• BROOKE JOHNSON is being sponsored in the pageant by Hack’s Septic Service, and she is the daughter of Bobby and Kendra Johnson. She is a member of the varsity volleyball and swim teams; is a member of student council; the Pep Club, and the Spanish Club. She is secretary of the sophomore class; is a member of the National Honor Society; and was a member of the basketball team during the 2017-2018 season.
Brooke has volunteered her time at the local food pantry; participated in the River Reach program; and volunteered time at the Swiss Wine Festival ticket booth and information booth. She has earned many awards for her athletic abilities while in school; and was honored as the Pre-Teen Princess of the Swiss Wine Festival.
Her plans after high school include studying audiology at Indiana University. Her platform for the pageant is the American Cancer Society.
• WILLOW LIELAND is the daughter of Angel and Matt Lieland, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, Joey Rider. In school, Willow is a member of the student council; she is a member of the Lady Pacer track and field team; and she participates in the Peer-to-Peer counseling program. She is also a member of the Switzerland County High School choir.
Outside of school Willow attends Sunday School; serves as a re-enactor for the Switzerland County Historical Society; is a member of the 4-H program and the 4-H Junior Leaders program; is a tutor; and also volunteers her time at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
Her career goals are to be a wedding planner; and her platform for this year’s pageant is the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
• DESTINE PEELMAN is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Curlin Hilltop Farm. She is the daughter of Beverly and Darrell Peelman. In school Destine is a member of the Pep Club; the Key Club; the Spanish Club; and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has been involved in the track program; the cheerleading program; and was a participant in the Sophomore Leadership Program.
She has been a volunteer at the Swiss Wine Festival, helping clean as well as other tasks; and she has also volunteered to help clean and landscape at the Thiebaud Farmstead Museum of the Switzerland County Historical Society. She was the 2015 Edelweiss Pre-Teen Princess; and is a member of the National Junior Honor Society.
Destine’s platform for the pageant is the American Cancer Society; and he career plans after high school are to study to be a nurse practitioner.
• KAYLA SCRANTON is the daughter of Harold and Lisa Scranton; and she is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Vevay Shell Gas Station. She is a member of the varsity soccer and archery teams; is a member of the FFA program; and is a junior class officer. She is a member of the National Honor Society; the Conservation Club; the Academic team; has participated in Parlimentary Procedure competitions; and was recognized as a ‘Rising Star’ for the Class of 2020.
Kayla is active in the county’s 4-H program and its Junior Leaders program; she is a member of the American Legion Auxiliary; and the East Enterprise Volunteer Fire Department Auxiliary. She was honored as “Miss Flame” for District 19 by the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association.
Following high school, Kayla plans on studying to become a genetic counselor working with children. Her platform in the pageant is Riley Children’s Hospital.
• KAITLYN YEARY is being sponsored in the pageant by Uptown Pizza, and she is the daughter of Jennifer Coy. She is a member of both the varsity soccer and track teams, and has earned the honor of serving as team captain. She is also a class officer at the Southeastern Career Center; and serves as secretary of Skills, USA. She is a member of the National Honor Society; student council, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She also was a member of the Sophomore Leadership Council.
She is a nine year member of 4-H, where she has served as Vice President and Secretary of her club; volunteered to work on the Veterans Day program and the Prom Committee; and is a member of 7 Hills Church and the Switzerland Baptist Church Youth Group. She also volunteers at the animal shelter and the food pantry.
After high school, Kaitlyn hopes to pursue a career as a physical therapy assistant for the military, and hopes to do cosmetology on the side. Her platform for the pageant is the Wounded Warrior Project.