The Switzerland County FFA chapter will hold its annual ‘Queen of Hearts’ pageant this Sunday, May 23rd. The pageant will be held in the Switzerland County High School cafeteria, and will begin at 3 p.m.
This year there are seven candidates vying for the title. The pageant is unique in that each contestant chooses a platform that will make an impact in the community. The Switzerland County FFA chapter then adopts the platform of the winning contestant for the year.
Contestants will also be judged on an interview involving their platform; sportswear; evening gown; and a response to question during the pageant.
All proceeds from Sunday’s pageant will go to the ‘Keeping Pace’ Cancer Fund in the Community Foundation of Switzerland County; and the reigning Queen of Hearts, Brooke Johnson, will crown this year’s winner.
This year’s contestants include:
— KYATALIN BAKER is the daughter of Deron and Marlene Baker, and she is being sponsored in the pageant by Ridge and Holler. In school she has participated in four years of volleyball; has been a member of the FFA chapter for three years; for 11 years has participated at Katrina’s School of Dance; and is a former band student. She is on the Worship Team at the Family Worship Center; participates in the 4-H program; volunteers at the Swiss Wine Festival and for the Lions Club.
Ky was the first runner up in the 2018 Swiss Wine Festival Pre-Teen pageant; was the second runner up in the 2019 Swiss Wine Festival Pre-Teen pageant; was a 2019 State and National poetry contest winner; is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; and has earned may awards for her achievements in 4-H and FFA.
Ky’s career plans are to be a surgical nurse or perioperative nurse.
Her platform for this year’s pageant is Historic Vevay, Inc.
— AVA COLE is being sponsored in the pageant by Vevay Swiss Inn, and she is the daughter of Adam and Amanda Cole. She participates in school as a member of the varsity swim team and the volleyball team; and is active in Business Professionals of America, FFA, Spanish Club, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
Ava is a six year member of the 4-H program; has served as a group leader at Bible School for several years; and is a member of the YMCA Sharks swim team. She also volunteers her time at the Swiss Wine Festival. Ava is a member of the National Junior Honor Society; was the regional winner for prepared speech in both the FFA and BPA competitions; and was the 2020 BPA state winner in prepared speech. She was a 2020 Eggleston Poetry winner; and was the first runner up in the 2019 Swiss Wine Festival Pre-Teen pageant.
Her career plans are to study biology in college and pursue a career as a child life specialist.
Ava’s platform for this year’s pageant is Restoration Gateway.
— ERIN DAVIES is the daughter of Alisa Hartley and Frank and Heather Davies; and is being sponsored in this year’s pageant by Friendship State Bank Insurance.
Erin is involved in the FFA Greenhouse program at Switzerland County High School; is a part of the weight lifting program; and volunteers her time to set up for the high school’s Veterans Day program.
She earned the title of Miss Congeniality at the 2019 Swiss Wine Festival Pre-Teen pageant.
Erin’s career plans are to attend esthetician and cosmetology school.
Her social platform for this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant is the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
— ALISHA DETMER is being sponsored in this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant by Bolton and Powell Builders. She is the daughter of Michelle and Allen Detmer. She is a member of the National Honor Society; FFA; student council; Key Club; and is a member of the Academic Bowl teams. She is also a member of the cross country, swim, and track teams.
Alisha is active in the 4-H program; community theater; and the youth group and Bible Study at her church.
She has earned All Conference honors in cross country for three years and swim for two years; was a Regional qualifier and earned All Sectional honors in cross country and track; was All Sectional in swim; and was a part of the school record holding 200-yard freestyle swim relay team.
Alisha’s career plans are to attend college and study pre-med.
Her platform is ‘Be The One’ a non-profit organization that helps fund adoptions.
— LAUREN JACKSON is the daughter of Jeremy Jackson and Shannon Jackson; and is being sponsored in this year’s Queen of Hearts pageant by Hunt’s Duck Calls.
In school, Lauren has participated as a member of the volleyball team and the Students Against Destructive Decisions organization; and in the community she volunteers her time helping with the Community Food Drive; Relay for Life; and volunteers at the Switzerland County Tourism Office.
Lauren participates in the county’s 4-H program, where she earned Grand Champion honors in Shooting Sports in 2016.
Following graduation, Laura’s career plans are to enlist in the U.S. Army and then further her education.
Lauren’s platform for the Queen of Hearts pageant is the Switzerland County Animal Shelter.
— RAYLINN KAPPES is being sponsored in the Queen of Hearts pageant by North Bend Farms. She is the daughter of Patti and Ben Kappes.
At Switzerland County High School, she is a member of the varsity soccer team; the varsity track team; and is a member of the Students Against Destructive Decisions organization. She is a nine-year member of 4-H; and serves as a SAY soccer referee.
Raylinn’s honors include earning All Conference honors in soccer for two years; was All Sectional in soccer as a sophomore and junior; and in track she was All Conference in three events as a freshman and All Conference in four events as a junior.
Raylinn’s career plans following high school are to attend college and major in nursing or pharmacy.
Her platform for the pageant is Leukemia Awareness.
— DAKOTA RICHARDS is the daughter of James and Jill Richards; and is being sponsored in the pageant by the Rise Elite Wrestling Club.
She is a member of the FFA chapter, currently serving as the chapter secretary; and she is also a member of the varsity soccer team; the jayvee and varsity basketball teams; the varsity track team; and the Pep Club.
Dakota is very active in the 4-H program, serving as her club’s President; is a counselor and group leader for 4-H Camp; volunteers at the Lions Club booth at the Swiss Wine Festival and the Golf Outing; is a member of Mount Sterling Baptist Church, where she volunteers in childcare.
She is a member of the National Honor Society; was the 2019 Swiss Wine Festival Teen Princess; and at the 4-H Fair, she has earned the distinction of being the Round Robin Showmanship winner for three years.
Dakota’s career plans are to be a veterinarian.
Her platform is the Dementia Society of America.