Switzerland County Fair Queen contest is set for this Saturday at high school

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The 2007 Switzerland County 4-H Fair will kick off this Saturday night when this year’s Fair Queen is crowned. The ceremonies will take place in the cafeteria of Switzerland County High School, and will begin at 7 p.m.

There are nine young ladies vying for the title of Fair Queen, and the winner and her court will then reign over this year’s fair, which kicks off on Saturday, June 30th, and runs through July 8th.

The event is open to the public, and there is a $5 admission fee.

Here are this year’s fair queen candidates:

– STEPHANIE ADAMS: Stephanie Adams is the daughter of George and Connie Adams of Green Valley Road. She is a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in the pageant by the Clover Kids 4-H Club.

She was the fourth runner up for Prom Queen this year; was co-secretary of the senior class; earned the All Star social studies award; is secretary of the board of directors of the Hoosier Theater; and was voted as having the “Best Personality” in this year’s senior class.

Stephanie Adams will attend college this fall to pursue a career as an elementary/special education teacher.

– SOMER ALFORD: Somer Alford is the daughter of Vickie and Darrin Alford of near Fairview, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Final Grade, Tom Stow. She will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School.

She is active in the Switzerland County FFA, where she has earned her chapter degree and earned second place on her equine science placement. She raised the Grand Champion steer at last year’s 4-H Fair, and also showed the Grand Champion in the dog show. She is active in the 4-H horse program, having earned several awards; is a member of the Junior Leaders; and is a member of Olive Branch Baptist Church.

After completing her high school career, she plans on pursuing a career in equine dentistry.

– JILL HAZELDEAN: Jill Hazeldean is a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Ericka Green, Visible Changes. She is the daughter of Jerry and Jan Hazeldean of Tapps Ridge.

She was the second runner up in the Fair Queen contest last year; was second runner up and Miss Congeniality in the Edelweiss Teen Princess pageant in 2005; and was first runner up for Prom Queen this year. She is a 10-year 4-H member; a three year member of the varsity cheerleading squad, where she served as co-captain her senior year; and is a member of FFA, FCA, the yearbook staff; and the Pep Club.

She will attend Northern Kentucky University this fall and plans to major in psychology or nursing.

– SYDNEY PIKE: Sydney Pike is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by the Center Square Champs 4-H Club, and is the daughter of Billy and Tanya Pike of Shillo Road. She is a 2007 graduate of Switzerland County High School.

She was first runner up in the 2006 Fair Queen contest; is the reigning Edelweiss Princess of the Swiss Wine Festival; and was the 2006 Queen of Hearts. She is a member of the National Honor Society; was in the Top 10 in the senior class; and was a three year member of the varsity cheerleading squad, serving as co-captain her senior year. She was class secretary; editor of the yearbook; and has earned several Grand Champion honors in 4-H.

Her career ambition is to open her own business.

– KAITLYNN RAYLS: Kaitlynn Rayls will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Danner’s Hardware. She is the granddaughter of Darrell and Jeannie Thurnall of Moorefield.

She was the third runner up in the 2005 Edelweiss Teen Princess contest at the Swiss Wine Festival; was voted as the “Most Athletic” by her classmates when she was in the eighth grade; and earned the “Most Improved” award in volleyball in 2005. She is a member of Brushy Fork Baptist Church where she is active in the youth group; participates in basketball, track and field, volleyball, and softball; and is a member of the FFA and the FCA.

Following high school she plans to pursue a career in sports management or communications.

– RACHEL RODGERS: Rachel Rodgers is the daughter of Sara and Daniel Rodgers of near Vevay. She will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Randy and Laurice See.

She is a member of the National Honor Society and the National Technical Honor Society. She earned Grand Champion honors in photography last year; and participates in softball and volleyball in high school, earning Most Valuable Player honors for the volleyball team last year. She is president of her class; and is a part of the cosmetology program at the Southeast Career Center.

Her career plans are to be a cosmetologist.

– REBECCA ROMANS: Rebecca Romans is the daughter of Billy and Nancy Romans of Pendleton Run Road. She attends Ivy Tech Community College, and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Keli’s Critter Care.

She is a member of the 4-H Junior Leaders, where she serves as president; “Who’s Who Among American High School Students”; was the Area I representative in “Share the Fun”; is a 10-year 4-H member; and is the recipient of the Indiana Farm Bureau 4-H Tenure Award. She is a member of the BMI Music Street team; and the Presidential Prayer team.

Her career ambition is to own her own business.

– EMILEE WALDRON: Emilee Waldron is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Tom T’s Electric; and is the daughter of Dorie and Greg Peelman of East Enterprise and Tony Waldron of Versailles. She will be a senior this fall at Switzerland County High School.

She was the third runner up in the 2006 Fair Queen contest; and was the second runner up in the 2006 Edelweiss Princess program for the Swiss Wine Festival. She was the first runner up in this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant; and was the 11th grade girl recipient of the Ninth District Americanism and Government Award. She is a varsity cheerleader; treasurer of the FFA; and participates in cross country, softball, and track. She was treasurer of the junior class.

Following graduation her career ambition is to become a plastic and reconstructive surgeon.

– BRIDGETT WASHNOCK: Bridgett Washnock is the daughter of Larry and Paula Washnock of East Enterprise; and is being sponsored in the pageant by Turner Realty. She will be a junior this fall at Switzerland County High School.

She is a member of the National Honor Society; and was treasurer of the sophomore class. She is a member of the varsity cheerleading squad; and participates in 4-H; student council; the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and gymnastics. She also enjoys playing volleyball.

Following her high school career, she plans on attending Indiana University, where she will pursue a career in fashion merchandising.