Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

June 24, 2014

Five vying for FC fair queen

Diane Raver The Herald-Tribune
The Batesville Herald-Tribune

---- — “The 2014 Franklin County 4-H Fair Queen is ....”

Five young ladies each hope their names will complete that sentence, and their dreams of being crowned will come true.

The pageant takes place Sunday, June 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the Franklin County High School auditorium, reports Molly Schwab, Brookville, who is coordinating the event along with Dana Hornung, West College Corner; Becky Schwab, Brookville; and Christine Ross and Amber Rauch, Cedar Grove. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The candidates, ages 17-20, must be current or former 4-H members. “This year we have a great group of girls. Each ... shows excitement and enthusiasm about being in the pageant. They’ve all been helping one another and working well together, which is something that is always great to see,” Schwab points out.

“We have had four meetings for the girls to help prepare them for pageant day. The first was mainly an informational meeting where the girls learned about the details of the pageant. During the second and third meetings, they received tips on interview skills, wardrobe, shoes and hair and makeup techniques. We also helped them with topics for their on-stage speeches and gave them lots of practice with impromptu questions .... (These) are always fun to practice because girls find out that being put on the spot is a lot harder than they think.

“The fourth and final meeting will be held on Thursday night before the pageant. This is a three-hour rehearsal at the auditorium, where the girls get to practice using the microphone and get a chance to walk in their heels on stage. This meeting is very beneficial and helps them to feel more comfortable and confident about getting on stage.”

Three out-of-county judges will determine the winner after a chain of events on pageant day. Following an afternoon lunch for judges and contestants, each young lady undergoes a five- to seven-minute interview, which counts for the largest part of their final scores.

The 2010 queen explains the pageant’s format: It begins “with the presentation of all contestants. Second will be the business wear portion, where each contestant will give a short autobiographical speech about herself. Next is the formal wear portion, where each contestant will be asked a random question on stage. Then, finally, the 2014 Franklin County 4-H Fair queen and her court will be crowned.”

The speech “is the greatest challenge for all of the contestants. Most other county queen pageants don’t require a speech. I feel that it’s great practice for the girls because our queen and her court will be expected to give speeches at the grandstands every night of the fair. Also, public speaking skills are one thing that these girls will be able to benefit from for the rest of their lives.”

The queen and her court are expected to be at the fair every day and attend all events. “They are going to have some long days and will end up being completely exhausted by the end of fair week, but it will be one week they they won’t forget. The girls will also be able to be seen at other community events throughout the year.”

Dawn Derenski, first runner-up in 2006, will be the emcee. “The Franklin County 4-H Fair princess and Miss Personality will be crowned during the first intermission. This is a very simple, but fun pageant for girls in Mini 4-H .... (They) will have a three-minute interview with judges and then will also get to walk across the stage .... (when) a short biography will be read about them.” Students from Vicki’s Dixon Dance Studios will also be performing during the costume changes.

Schwab believes Miss Franklin County “should be a confident, involved role model for the youth of the community. For the next year she will be the face of Franklin County and should be a prime example of what this community is all about.

“I encourage everyone to attend the pageant. It’s not just about getting to see who wins the crown, but more of an opportunity to see some of the great young people from our community.”

Diane Raver can be contacted at or 812-934-4343, Ext. 114.

Elizabeth Bachus Age: 18 Parents: Tom and Pam Bachus City: Cedar Grove School: 2014 Oldenburg Academy graduate Sponsor: George's Pharmacy Activities: Soccer, track and field and softball teams; Recyclones; Book Club; Campus Ministry; Academy Ambassadors; Pep Club; Adopt-a-Sis; Student Council; church altar server and youth group member Future plans: To attend Xavier University and study nursing, become a nurse specializing in pediatrics and possibly work in post operation, especially for children and babies with cleft lip and cleft palate Krystyn Eilerman Age: 18 Parents: Mark and Heather Couch City: Connersville School: 2013 Couch Academy (home-schooled) graduate Sponsor: Simplicity Realty Activities: Oak Forest Church of Christ worship team pianist, singer and assistant choir director; seven-year 4-H member; Young Voices of Indiana choir member; Mahoning Valley Christian Service Camp young adult faculty member Future plans: No definite plans yet, but may pursue a career in the designing or music industry; to help people and serve them Megan Hensley Age: 17 Parents: Michael and Robin Hensley City: Metamora School: Franklin County High School senior Sponsor: Blooming Grove Tigers Activities: Spanish Club, Bleacher Bum Committee, M-Catz, National Honor Society, 4-H, basketball, track and field, Special Olympics softball tournament volunteer, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital obstetrics unit volunteer Future plans: To attend either the University of Evansville or University of Indianapolis and get accepted into the nursing program, go into obstetrics and either become a midwife or registered nurse Emma Stern Age: 18 Parents: Gary and Susan Stern City: Cedar Grove School: 2014 FCHS graduate Sponsor: Franklin County Mustanger's Horse and Pony Club Activities: Golf, tennis, M-Catz, dinner theater event coordinator, library worker, vacation Bible school teacher, Sunday school helper, 4-H, Horse Club president, McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital volunteer Future plans: To attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis to pursue a job in radiology and work in a children's hospital Kayla Watterson Age: 17 Parents: Brian and Melanie Watterson City: Brookville School: FCHS senior Sponsor: Bath State Bank Activities: 4-H, M-Catz, Spanish Club, Bleacher Bums, basketball, homecoming float committee, Canoefest Miss Congeniality, volunteering at McCullough-Hyde Memorial Hospital in the OB, patient care and radiology departments Future plans: To graduate from high school with academic honors, attend Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and become a radiology technician