Hailey Hines was crowned as the 2022 ‘Queen of Hearts’ on Sunday afternoon.
The pageant is sponsored each year by the Switzerland County FFA chapter, and not only honors a high school student, but also helps guide the FFA chapter on community service projects to focus on.
Each of the candidates in the pageant puts forth a platform to help with a community or social issue. The FFA then adopts the platform of the winning candidate for the coming year.
As this year’s winner, the FFA will focus on aiding the Switzerland County Animal Shelter — Hailey Hines’ platform.
Hailey is the daughter of Chuck and Tracy Rogers and James Hines. She is a member of the BPA, National Junior Historical Society and helped run their event at the Thiebaud Farmstead. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a four year member of the varsity golf team.
She currently serves as the Senior Class President. She has volunteered for the Switzerland County Animal Shelter, the Madison Veteran’s Cemetery, the Switzerland County Food Pantry and the Swiss Wine Festival.
Her honors include: Most Valuable Golfer the past three years, All- Conference in Golf, she holds the 9 hole school record, 2021 Low Medalist Regional Qualifier and was award the conference Mental Attitude Award.
After graduation she plans on attending the University of Louisville to study mechanical engineering. She was sponsored in the pageant by Rider Realty.
The first runner up in this year’s pageant was Dakota Richards, who was also honored by her fellow contestants as Miss Congeniality.
Dakota is the daughter of James and Jill Richards. She is a member of FFA and served at secretary in 2020 and 2021, current FFA President. She participates in varsity soccer, basketball, track and is currently the Junior Class Secretary. She is also a member of the Pep Club.
After high school she wants to become a veterinarian. She was sponsored by Andrew Farm. Dakota’s platform for the pageant was the Dementia Society of America.
Earning second runner up honors was Carly Bennett. She is the daughter of Joe Bennett and Lisa Lloyd. She is a member of the volleyball, swim, and track teams. She is also a member of BPA. She has volunteered her time with Vevay Tourism. She hopes to graduate high school with her associates degree and honors diploma. Her honors include: BPA state and national qualifier, and she is also a member of the National Honor Society.
After high school she plans on obtaining a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry and a certificate to be a Surgical Tech. She was sponsored by Dawn Ellis Licensed Massage Therapist. Carly’s platform for the pageant was the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
Other contestants in Sunday’s pageant included:
• Macy Collier, daughter of Lance and Katie Collier; sponsored by Circle C Farms. Her platform for the pageant was Juvenile Diabetes Awareness — ‘Know the Signs’.
• Raychel Hensley, daughter of Jody Hensley and Charlotte Hensley; sponsored by Vevay Vintage Prop and Shop. Her platform for the pageant was Safe Passage.
• Terra Oeffinger, daughter of Sarah Oeffinger and the late Keith Oeffinger: sponsored by Bear Branch Supply. Her platform was ‘Athlete Minds Matter’.