Sierra Hamilton is ‘Queen of Hearts’


The Switzerland County FFA chapter capped off its week long celebration of National FFA Week on Saturday night by crowning Sierra Hamilton as this year’s ‘Queen of Hearts’. The pageant was held in the high school cafeteria, and Hamilton won the crown from a field of seven contestants.

Unique to other pageants, the ‘Queen of Hearts’ asks each contestant to present and promote a charitable organization as their platform, with the Switzerland County FFA chapter adopting that platform during the coming year.

Sierra’s platform in the pageant was the GBS/CIDP Foundation International. She is the daughter of Kimberly Reed and Chris Hamilton, and was sponsored in this year’s pageant by Cocoa Tan.

Sierra is a member of the Spanish Club; and has been a member of the basketball team, the volleyball team, the softball team, and the soccer team. She is a member of the National Honor Society; and has volunteered her time at the YMCA helping coach children’s basketball; and also volunteers at the Swiss Wine Festival.

Her career plans include attending the University of Michigan to study biochemistry and later pursue a degree in medicine.

The first runner up on Saturday night was Magnolia Clayton. She is the daughter of Penny Clayton, and was sponsored in the pageant by Uptown Pizza. Maggie’s platform for the pageant was Compassion International. She is a member of student council; the outdoor club; and the Homecoming committee. She participates on the varsity cross country, track and field, and basketball teams; and she also volunteers at the Switzerland County Animal Shelter; volunteers with the Swiss Wine Festival; and is a member of the Switzerland Baptist Church youth group. Her career ambition is to attend the Institute of Culinary Education to study pastry and baking arts.

Honored as the second runner up in the pageant was Ariel Oeffinger. She was sponsored in the pageant by Bear Branch Supply; and she is the daughter of Sarah Oeffinger. Her platform in the pageant was Autism Speaks. Ariel currently serves as Vice President of the sophomore class; is secretary of BPA; and is a member of student council. She is a member of the varsity softball and volleyball teams; and was chosen to attend the HOBY Indiana Leadership Seminar. Her career ambition is to attend pharmaceutical school at either Purdue University or Manchester University.

Lydia Northcutt was the third runner up in Saturday’s pageant. She is the daughter of Danielle and Larry Northcutt, and her platform in the pageant is Bullying Awareness. She is being sponsored in the pageant by Curlin Hilltop Farms. Her activities while in high school include serving on the prom committee; and Lydia also volunteers her time at the Switzerland County YMCA. She has also volunteered with the Switzerland County Lions Club during the Swiss Wine Festival. She has also earned inclusion in the National Honor Society. Her career plans include attending college at study for a career as a forensic science technician.

Chosen by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality was Alexandria Edwards. She was sponsored by RS Home Sales in the pageant; and is the daughter of Michael and Marla Edwards. Her platform for the pageant is the US Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Alex is active in the student council; the Switzerland County FFA; and is a part of the 10th grade leadership program. She is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church, where she serves as the preschool Sunday School teacher and is also a part of 412 Youth Ministries. She is active in 4-H, where she is a Junior Leader and a member of the Center Square Champs club. She is a member of the National Honor Society. She plans to attend college and earn a degree in occupational therapy.

Also in this year’s pageant were Emma Giglio and Jody Breeck.