Miss Blueberry pageant is Saturday
ARGOS — This year is the 45th anniversary of the Marshall County Blueberry Festival. The theme is “A World of Possibilities.”
On Saturday, the first official event of the festival will be the crowning of the new 2012 Miss Blueberry, when a total of 16 beautiful young ladies vie for the crown, at the 2012 Miss Blueberry Scholarship Pageant.
Marshall County is well represented with candidates from public high schools, a private school and several colleges who make Marshall County their home. The contestants will have a busy couple of weeks before pageant night. There are dance rehearsals, a community service night with a visit to the residents of the Miller’s Senior Living Community, and a pizza party to relax and enjoy each other, before a dress rehearsal.
On the morning of the pageant, the contestants will have a personal interview with the judges. The judges will evaluate each contestant on their interview, evening gown attire, and their theme wear. This year in keeping with the theme of “A World of Possibilities,” each contestant is asked to appear in theme wear, which represents their “chosen field in life.”
The new queen will be crowned by Miss Blueberry 2011 Shelby Dirrim, of Bremen. As the new queen begins her year reign, she will represent the festival in area parades and at events where her presence has been requested throughout the year, as well as many activities during the festival, including the number one highlight of eating as much “festival food” as possible.
The pageant will again be held at Argos High School Auditorium, at 7 p.m.; the cost is $5, with children 12 and under free. The public is invited to come and support all the contestants as they reach for the “Crown.”
Here are the contestants:
Jessica Ann Cleveland — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Plymouth High School and will attend Purdue University, majoring in Biology. She is the daughter of Gary and Loretta Cleveland. Hailey Hennessy — age 20 of Plymouth, is a Sophomore at Indiana University, majoring in Business, with a minor in Sustainability. She is the daughter of Tina Fitch and Mike Hennessy.
Kailyn Weiss — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Bremen High School and will attend DePauw University in the fall. Her major will be Communications/Public Relations. She is the daughter of Kori Merritt and Kirk Weiss.
Kaylin Jane Worthington — age 17, Is a 2012 graduate of Bremen High School. She will attend Indiana/Purdue at Fort Wayne in the fall, majoring in Business. She is the daughter of Jolene and Joel Worthington.
Maelee Ann Holderread — age 17, is a Senior at LaVille Jr./Sr. High School. She participates in Student Council, NHS, Drama Club and 4-H. She is the daughter of Marylynn Holderread.
Cassandra Marie Gaines — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Plymouth High School. She will attend Indiana State University in the fall, majoring in Nursing. She is the daughter of Gina Gaines and William Gaines.
Megan Leanne Senter — age 17, will be a Senior at Plymouth High School. She is active in Senter Stage Dance Studio, Sunshine Soc iety, and Student Council. She is the daughter of Mark and Leanne Senter.
Brianna J Trappe — age 18, is a 2012 graduate the Culver Girls Academy. She is active in Student Council and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. From Plymouth, she is the daughter of Rena J and Brian Trappe.
Kayla DeeAnn Hendricks — age 17, will be a Senior at Argos Jr/Sr High School in the fall. She participates in Cheerleading, ASIS, National Honors Society and is planning on nursing as a major in college. She is the daughter of Marie and Matthew Hendricks.
Olivia Hilliard — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Plymouth High School. She will attend Indiana University-Bloomington, majoring in Elementary Education/Music Education. She is the daughter of Traci and W. Scott Hilliard.
Kayla Lynn Zimmerman — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Triton Jr/Sr High School. She will attend Ivy Tech-Warsaw in the fall, majoring in Clinical Psychology. She is the daughter of Amy Zimmerman and Matt Neff.
Anyssa Leyva Alonso — age 18, is a 2012 graduate of Plymouth High School. She will attend Butler University in the fall, majoring in Marketing. She is the daughter of Layla and Bill Jones.
Alissa Clemens — age 20 of Bourbon, Indiana, will attend Ivy Tech Community College in the fall. She is undecided on her major, but enjoys volunteering at Bremen Pines/Real Services. She is the daughter of Julie and Terry Clemens.
Shelby May Haisley — age 17, will be a Junior at Plymouth High School this fall. She is active in Marching Band, Winter Performance Ensemble, and likes to sew, fish and hunt. She is the daughter of Kelly and Paul Haisley, Jr.
Kelsey Lea Strahla — age 20 is a Junior at the University of Southern Indiana majoring in Nursing. She is active in Colleges Against Cancer, Relay for Life, and Delta Zeta Sorority. She is the daughter of Sherry and Bud Strahla of Argos.
Courtney Alissa Harris — age 20 is a Sophomore attending Indiana University South Bend majoring in Political Science and enjoys, reading and writing short stories. She is the daughter of Jolene and Timothy Harris.