Rachel Gurley is crowned as 2006 Edelweiss Teen Princess

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The 2006 Swiss Wine Festival opened last Thursday night, and the highlight of the evening was the crowning of Rachel Gurley as this year’s Edelweiss Teen Princess. She was selected from a field of 15 contestants, and participated in the contest, which was held at the Main Stage of the festival.

Rachel Gurley was sponsored in the pageant by Quality Homes of Madison, and is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School. She is the daughter of James Gurley and Jenny Gurley of Pleasant.

She has earned inclusion on the A-B Honor Roll while in school; is a member of student council; and is a two year member of the flag corps. She is also a member of the dance team; and is a member of the Switzerland County FFA.

After she finishes high school, she plans on going to medical school to become a registered nurse.

Following her coronation on Thursday night, Rachel Gurley reigned over the remainder of the festival along with Princess Sydney Pike and Prince Mat Deaton. She was highlighted in Saturday’s parade, helped with the handing out of ribbons and awards throughout the festival, and met many different visitors to this year’s Swiss Wine Festival.

The first runner up in the Teen Princess pageant was Emily Lanman.

She is also sophomore at Switzerland County High School; and is the daughter of Pat and Jacquita Lanman of Vevay. She was being sponsored in this year’s pageant by State Farm Insurance.

She was the first runner up in the 2005 Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant; and is a jayvee cheerleader. She is a member of the FFA, where she serves as an officer; and is on the golf team. She is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church; and the National Junior Honor Society.

Following graduation she plans on pursuing a career in child care or photography.

Laci Daugherty earned second runner up accolades at this year’s Teen Princess pageant.

She is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School, and was being sponsored in this year’ pageant by Danner’s Hardware. She is the daughter of Rick and Debbi Daugherty of Vevay.

She is a member of the Key Club, FFA, pep club, Junior Historical Society, and show choir. She is a jayvee cheerleader, and participates in volleyball, golf, and track. She is also a member of the dance team. She is the 2006 Student Idol winner, and is a member of Spring Branch Baptist Church.

Following graduation she would like to attend Indiana University and study to become a pediatrician or a pharmacist.

The third runner up in the Teen Princess pageant was Baylie Judy.

She is a freshman at Switzerland County High School, and was being sponsored in the pageant by Tolbert’s Carwash. She is the daughter of Robert and Shannon Judy of near Fairview.

She is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; voted by her classmates has having the Most School Spirit; and is captain of the freshman cheerleading squad. She has also earned a spot on the All A Honor Roll.

After she graduates from high school, she would like to attend Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology and become an engineer.

Morgan Nay was selected as the fourth runner up in this year’s Teen Princess pageant.

She is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School, and was being sponsored in the pageant by Edelweiss Floral. She is the daughter of Rodney and Sally Nay of Vevay.

She has earned inclusion on the A-B Honor Roll; is a member of the FFA chapter; Junior Historical Society; pep club; French Club; and National Junior Honor Society. She is a jayvee cheerleader; a member of 4-H; and the high school choir.

After graduating from high school, she plans on pursuing a career in the medical field.

The pageant’s 15 contestants selected Beth Abbott as this year’s Miss Congeniality.

She is a sophomore at Switzerland County High School, and is the daughter of Tim and Jenny Abbott of Parks Ridge. She was sponsored in the pageant by Pam’s Scissor Talk.

She is a member of the varsity cross country and track teams; plays jayvee basketball; and is also involved in FFA and the Switzerland County 4-H program, including being a member of the Junior Leaders.

Following graduation she plans on attending Iowa State College and majoring in meteorology, and one day hopes to become a storm chaser.

Other candidates in this year’s Teen Princess pageant included: Ashley Bovard, Leslie Johnson, B.J. Knaus, Alyssa Leap, Jamie Phipps, Katie Rayls, Danielle Rose, Erica Thien, and Bridgett Washnock.