Lebanon Reporter

July 13, 2013

Pageant marks 55th anniversary of 4-H queen competition

Staff report
Lebanon Reporter

---- — Abby Everett, Miss Boone County 2012, will preside over the 2013 Miss Boone County 4-H Queen Pageant Sunday. The program begins at 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6 p.m.

“This marks the 55th anniversary of the Miss Boone County 4-H Queen Pageant and the committee is excited to have the pageant kick-off the county fair festivities,” noted to Becky Livesay, pageant chairwoman. Following are profiles of seven of the 15 young women competing for the title. Eight other contestants were featured in Friday’s Lebanon Reporter.

Tonda-Rae Lee

Tonda-Rae Lee, 20, of Lebanon, graduated from Lebanon High School in 2012. She is the daughter of Greg and Stacey Lee. Her sponsoring organization is Bearable Grins Orthodontics, Dr. Jim Nicholson. She is a member of the Center Township Trailblazers 4-H club. Her 4-H projects include gift wrapping, eight years; junior leaders, six years; foods, four years; sewing, three years; home environment, two years; and dogs, scrapbook and personality, one year. She attended the junior leader conference and the 4-H Chicago Trip, was representative to the 4-H council, vice president of junior leaders and recipient of the junior leaders scholarship. Outside of 4-H, her activities and honors include New Hope Church and youth group, Key Club, Mentor Program, Cedars yearbook sports editor, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Builders Club, LHS swim team, Butler University swim team, Brad Gustin Memorial Swimming

Award and the Rotary scholarship. She is employed at Starbucks. “I enjoy being with my family and friends, swimming, teaching swim lessons, church activities and participating in community service projects such as Operation Christmas Child. I also enjoy mission trips and attending the Indiana State Fair. Recently I had the honor of attending the Greater Grace World Outreach International Bible Convention in Baltimore, Md.”

Jordan Paul

Jordan Paul, 19, of Advance, is a 2012 graduate of Western Boone High School. She graduated with honors. She is the daughter of Christine Paul and the late Leroy Paul. She is a 10-year member of 4-H; her 4-H club is Jackson Future Farmers. Her 4-H club projects include rabbits, 10 years; photography, nine years; meat goats, seven years; poultry, three years; and horse and pony, two years. She was president of her 4-H club in her 7th year. She won showmanship for rabbits all 10 years she participated; participated in Supreme Showman with her meat goat in her 9th year; won supreme meat goat doe in 2010; and won reserve supreme meat goat doe in 2012. Other activities and honors include 2012 John S. Whittleton Memorial Scholarship, 2011 Whatever it Takes Award (Nationwide Southern Care Academic Award), member of American Fisheries Society of Purdue and Indiana, assists professors with fisheries research at Purdue, inaugural and presiding treasurer of Purdue University’s Goat Club, and attends Jamestown Christian Church. Her employment has included head lifeguard and swim meet manager at Purdue University, Witham YMCA summer lifeguard, and farm assistant for Michalke Farms and Happy Quails to You. Her hobbies and interests include assisting with fisheries research, recreational fishing, showing and riding horses, and maintaining freshwater aquariums for Purdue and personal use.

Haley Risser

Haley Risser, 17, of Zionsville, will graduate from Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School in 2014. Her parents are Jeff and Dina Risser. She is a member of the Union Merry Makers, and is sponsored by the Boone County Horseman’s Association. 4-H projects include horse and pony, 4 years; swine, 5 year; foods, 3 years; scrapbooking, 1 year; veterinary science, 1 year, and gift wrapping, 1 year. Special 4-H activities and awards include qualifying for and participating in the Horse & Pony Versatility Sweepstakes for two years, receiving the Mike Lancaster Scholarship for the Indiana 4-H Camp in 2012 and earning most improved individual at Indiana 4-H Horse Camp in 2012. Outside of 4-H she is a member of the National Honor Society, Boone County Horsemen’s Association and Sunshine Society, and has been named to the honor roll and received the student of the month award. She works on a private horse farm in Sheridan. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, fishing, reading, showing her horse, meeting new people, volunteering in the community and helping younger 4Hers with their projects.

Sydney Riegel

Sydney Riegel, 18, of Jamestown, graduated from Western Boone High School in 2013. Her parents are Bill and Sheri Riegel. She is sponsored by the Jefferson Harvesters 4-H Club, of which she is a member. She earned reserve grand champion in genealogy. Her activities and honors outside of 4-H include National Technical Honor Society; church mission trips; and world travelers — school, Spain, France, Mexico and Costa Rica. Her hobbies and interests include tanning, hanging out with friends and family, and going on vacation.

Grace Rushton

Grace Rushton, 17, of Zionsville, will graduate from Zionsville High School in 2014. Her parents are Jerry and Elizabeth Rushton.Her sponsor is My Sugar Pie. She is a member of the Flying Eagles 4-H Club and her projects include dog project, eight years; and cake decorating and photography, one year. Other 4-H activities and awards include nomination for the leadership conference at Purdue and dog project car wash. Outside of 4-H, her activities and honors include United Way Youth Leadership Initiative, Riley Hospital Summer of Service program, Zionsville tennis team, Mu Alpha Theta math club, student council, Best Buddies, Timmy Club, O’Ambassadors, National Honor Society, French National Honor Society, French Club, STAR tutoring, EKOM mentoring, 4.0 GPA and above award, top student in French IV, top student in French V, and player with the highest GPA on JV tennis. She is employed at My Sugar Pie. She enjoys tennis, photography, hiking, reading, volunteering, baby-sitting, traveling, fashion, watching movies, swimming, baking and skiing.

Jacki Spall

Jacki Spall, 17, of Jamestown, will graduate from Western Boone Jr.-Sr. High School in 2014. Her parents are Brenda and Mike Spall, She is a member of Jackson Future Farmers, and is sponsored by Jackson Club Township. Special 4-H activities and awards include Junior Sheep Association, Premiere Exhibitor 2012 Indiana State Fair; Family/Consumer Sciences/Agricultural Award for the 2012 shooting sports project; grand champion 4 Class Rabbit; multiple champions in the shooting sports project, multiple champions in the sheep project; fourth overall supreme ewe for the 2012 sheep project; champion sheep fitter for two years at Boone County; Advance Sheep Fitting Champion at the Indiana State Fair, and Champion Showman for the last three years at the Indiana State Fair. Outside of 4-H she is a member of the National Honor Society, National Arts Honor Society, New Brunswick Church of Christ youth group member, Junior Cheviot Sheep Society, best mental attitude award for varsity swimming, motivational speaker for varsity swimming at Western Boone, academic excellence award, Student of the Month at Western Boone, and AMP Mentor at Western Boone. She is employed at Dover Angels Daycare. She enjoys drawing and arts, 4-H, volunteering for the National Honor Society and showing sheep through circuit shows.

Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams, 18, of Lebanon, will graduate from Lebanon High School in 2014. She is the daughter of Shirley Williams and Jeremy Ferguson. Her sponsoring organization is Psi Iota Xi. A member of the Center Township Trailblazers, her 4-H projects include swine and cats, nine years; cattle, seven years; horse and pony, junior leaders and scrapbook, four years; misc. crafts, three years; and latch hook, two years. Her other 4-H activities and awards include club president (2013), 4-H Council youth representative (2011-present), 4-H club vice president (2012), reserve grand champion steer (2012), Supreme Champion Showman overall (2012), swine master showmanship winner (2012), swine advanced showman winner (2012), reserve champion beef showman (2012), grand champion beef cattle display board (2012), reserve grand champion swine display board (2012), beef cattle project award (2012), swine project award (2011), overall swine herdsman award (2012), swine reserve champion senior showman (2011), beef reserve champion showman (2011), champion intermediate swine showman (2010), reserve champion beef showman (2010), champion intermediate beef showman (2009), champion beef beginner showman (2006), champion swine beginner showman (2006), and multiple champion and reserve champion awards throughout the years. Activities and honors outside of 4-H include Lebanon High School chapter FFA president (2013), District IV FFA sentinel (2013), Cupcake Club president (2013), Best Buddies (2011-present), FFA Hoosier Degree (2013), Most Outstanding Sophomore FFA member (2012), District IV vice president (2012), LHS Chapter FFA reporter (2012), FFA Chapter Degree (2012), LHS Chapter FFA sophomore representative (2011), Green Hand Degree (2010), Discovery Animal Science Demonstration winner (2010), Discovery Animal Science Demonstration 4th place at state (2010), and Most Outstanding Female FFA member (2010). Her employment has included baby-sitting. Hobbies and interests are showing pigs and cattle, showing in showmanship, working with the 4-H animals, helping younger members, FFA, and hanging out with friends and family. “I am very interested in animal feed nutrition.”