---- — The annual Miss Boone County 4-H Queen Pageant will be conducted Sunday. The pageant, which is free to the public, will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Witham Health Services Pavilion at the Boone County 4-H Fairgrounds. Doors will open to the public at 6 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be available. Following are profiles of eight of the 15 young women who will compete for the title Sunday. The remaining seven contestants will be featured in Saturday’s Lebanon Reporter.
Rachelle Bennington, 18, of Lebanon, was home-schooled, graduating in 2011. Her parents are Debbie and Jerry Bennington. She is a 10-year member of the Center Township 4-H Clovers. 4-H projects include gift wrapping, latch hook, health, scrapbook, microwave cooking, consumer clothing and foods, 10 years; photography and self determined, nine years; and computers, 8 years. She was her club’s vice president for two years. Special 4-H activities and awards include 4-H Tenure Award (2012), Tri Kappa Award at the 2011 4-H Fair queen pageant (2011), and 4-H 10-year member silver platter. Activities and honors outside of 4-H include IU School of Informatics dean’s list, spring and fall 2012 and spring 2013; Sunday school volunteer, five years; lead Sunday school teacher, 2012-present; National Society of Collegiate Scholars, 2012-present; and Golden Key International Honour Society, 2012-present. She is employed at IUPUI as a grader/teacher’s assistant. She enjoys designing websites, riding bikes, shopping, running and watching “Doctor Who.”
Taylor Burris, 17, of Lebanon, will graduate from Lebanon High School in 2014. She is the daughter of Lynette Burris and Jim Ward, and Raymond Burris Jr. Her sponsoring organization is the 4-H Clovers. She is a member of the 4-H Clovers, and her projects include fine arts, photography, poultry and rabbits, two years; and swine, garden and devotion leader, one year. Outside of 4-H, her activities include LHS Pennant newspaper reporter/editor, Best Buddies photographer; and Lebanon Public Library volunteer. She enjoys photography, reading, writing, poetry, drawing, working with special needs children and 4-H swine.
Emily Carithers, 18, of Sheridan, is a 2013 graduate of Sheridan High School. She is the daughter of John and Paula Carithers. A member of Marion Achievers 4-H Club, her 4-H projects include poultry, nine years; dairy goats and shooting sports, eight years; junior leaders and horse and pony, three years; and cats, 1 year. Other 4-H activities and awards include 4-H round up, 2007; fall awards trip, 2008; master dairy goat showman, 2010; and supreme marksman, 2012. Outside of 4-H, her activities and honors include four years of basketball, with one year as co-captain; drama club, one year; National Honor Society; academic honors diploma; Spanish quiz bowl, three years; golf, one year; youth group member; and student venture leader (student leader). Her employment has included part-time work at Pizza Harbour, detasseling and acting as crew boss in the summers. She enjoys basketball, hanging out with friends, going to the movies, roller derby, helping people and family time.
Kate Emmert, 19, of Jamestown, graduated from Western Boone High School in 2013. Her parents are Joan and Gary Emmert. She is a member of the Harrison Hustlers 4-H Club. The Harrison Hustlers are her sponsoring organization. A 10-year member of 4-H, her projects include foods, 10 years; cats and scrapbook, nine years; junior leader, 4 years; photography, three years; misc. crafts, two years; and consumer clothing, one year. Other 4-H activities and awards include Chicago achievement trip; 4-H talent show, 1st place vocal group; overall champion in cats; reserve champion in cats; state fair talent show, 3rd place; and open show photography sweepstakes grand champion and reserve champion. Outside of 4-H, her activities and honors include Lilly Foundation Scholarship, Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship, United Way ReadUp tutor, Hoosier Girls State, Academic Top 10, varsity girls swimming captain, National Honor Society, AMP freshman mentor, Theatrical Society/musicals, Western Boone yearbook editor, Star Voices chamber choir, solo and ensemble vocal gold medalist, church drama team, church singing leader for ages 4 and under, church nursery volunteer, Radio/TV Techincal Honor Society, Key Club and Sunshine Society. She is employed as a private swim instructor. “I enjoy acting, singing, writing and creating crafts and projects. I have great fun making videos in French, traveling, performing in musicals and dancing with my sister, Abby.”
Elizabeth Ewigleben, 19, of Lebanon, is a 2012 graduate of Western Boone High School. She is the daughter of Ruth A. and David A. Ewigleben. Her sponsoring organization is Mount’s flowers. A member of the Washington Livewires, she is a 10-year 4-H member. Projects include fine arts, misc. crafts and microwave cooking for 10 years; floriculture for eight years; ceramics for seven years; health and junior leaders for six years; foods and gift wrapping for five years; latch hook and self determined for four years; needlepoint for three years; computers and fun with money for two years; and home environment, genealogy, forestry, critter companion and scrapbook for one year. She was president of her 4-H club for two years. Her 4-H awards and honors include plaque, certificate and pen for Achievement Book; 10-year pin; winner of 4-H Booster, Junior Leader and 4-H Foundation scholarships. Other activities and honors include the following scholarships: Bonnie Jo Hughes, Symphony at Sunset, Family Music Studio and Retired Teachers; named to dean’s list at Anderson University (AU) two semesters; member of Anderson Corale, AU Wind Ensemble and the Truth and Life Church; while at high school, member of National Honor Society, AMP for two years, Sunshine Club and on honor roll; participated at Village Dance Studio from age 5. She has been employed as a dance assistant at Village Dance Studio. “I love to read, sing, dance, help others and teach. When I worked as an assistant to my dance teacher, I loved the experience. I also loved being in 4-H and doing different projects. Every year was a new journey to the fair. I have also been taking lessons at AU to play the piano, and enjoy learning new pieces. I loved working with flowers and always enjoyed coming to the queen show in exchange for making the floriculture bouquets on stage, with help from Mount’s Flowers.”
Sarah Garst, 19, of Thorntown, is a 2012 graduate of Western Boone High School. Her parents are Joseph and Wanda Garst. Her sponsoring organization is Zionsville County Veterinary Clinic. A 10-year member of 4-H, her club is the Sugar Creek Mavericks. Her 4-H projects include beef, dairy goat, horse and pony, llama and alpaca, misc. crafts and starter calf, 10 years; leather craft, meat goats and veterinary science, seven years; garden and sheep, six years; photography, four years; shooting sports, three years; and dog obedience, one year. Her 4-H awards and activities include Mavericks vice president, fair council member, 4-H round up participant, and 4-H veterinary science workshop. Outside of 4-H, her activities and honors include Purdue University dean’s list, Purdue veterinary scholars, Purdue dean’s scholars, animal science mentor, Purdue Collegiate Farm Bureau, Heifer International, Western Boone FFA, National Honor Society and Western Boone Academic Top Ten. She is employed at Zionsville County Veterinary Clinic. She enjoys helping teach the preschool Sunday school class at St. Joe’s, volunteering at Animalia, working on her family farm, and spending time with her family and friends.
Lee Ann Horlacher
Lee Ann Horlacher, 17, of Thorntown, will graduate from Western Boone High School in 2015. She is the daughter of Doug and Dianne Horlacher. Her sponsoring organization is Psi Iota Xi. She is a member of the Jefferson Harvesters 4-H club. Her 4-H projects include dairy, seven years; and junior leaders and photography, two years. Outside of 4-H, her activities include cheerleading at WeBo, dancing, softball, Sunshine Society, Foreign Interest Club, ecology, golf and the Summit (church youth group). Her employment includes baby-sitting. “In my free time, I like to spend time with friends and family. I love to travel and take long walks. I enjoy reading, wake boarding and horseback riding.”
Maureen Kincaid, 18, of Brownsburg, will graduate from Brownsburg High School in 2014. Her parents are Brian and Janet Kincaid. She is sponsored by Boone Lodge 9 and the Boone Shrine Club. She is a member of the Worth While Kids 4-H club. Her 4-H projects include swine, nine years; goats, one year; and cooking, three years. Her 4-H awards include crossbred barrow champion in the swine project, and reserve grand champion in goats. She is a member of her school’s choir. She is employed at Elegance Restaurant. She enjoys hanging out with friends and family, taking care of her pigs, and she loves to go shopping.