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Field Of Six To Compete For Palo Alto Fair Queen

By Staff | Jul 22, 2008

The 2008 edition of the Palo Alto County Fair will open this Thursday and a field of six young women from across the county will compete for the title of Palo Alto County Fair Queen. The Fair Queen coronation will take place on Thursday evening, July 24, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the tent stage at the Palo Alto County Fairgrounds in Emmetsburg. Amy Norland, the 2007 Fair Queen, will be joined by the 2007 Iowa State Fair Queen Abby Salton, in crowing the new queen during the ceremonies.

The Queen coronation will be part of a varied program set for the first evening of the fair, which starts with the Palo Alto County Extension Council and 4-H Foundation’s BBQ, beginning at 5 p.m. The crowning of the Clover Kid King and Queen will take place at 6:30, and will be followed by the introduction of the six queen candidates at 7 p.m. The formal coronation of the new fair queen will take place at 7:45 p.m.

Bridget Rouse is the daughter of Terry and Pam Rouse of Curlew and will be a senior at Emmetsburg High School. Bridget is active in musicals and instrumental and vocal music groups including concert band, jazz band, pep band, concert choir, High Voltage Show Choir and pit band. Additionally, Bridget has played basketball and volleyball, been a member of the Principal’s Student Advisory committee, Color Guard for Marching Band and is currently serving as the President of the Emmetsburg FFA, and was a member of the 2007-2008 National Soils Judging Team.

In the community, Bridget volunteers in the baseball and softball concession stands, works at K. Jackson and Company, babysits and is Secretary of the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council and treasurer of the Ayrshire Beavers 4-H Club. She is also involved in Pedal With Pete, Relay for Life, 4-H Penny Carnival and Clover Kids. Bridget has earned numerous academic honors, including National Honor Society, Honor Roll, Academic Letters, FFA Star Greenhand Award and Varsity Letters in Basketball and Volleyball. She has also earned Superior 4-H awards in photography, beef clothing and agriculture, as well as awards in Food and Nutrition and Home Improvement.

Bridget plans to attend Luther College in Decorah to major in nursing.

Malorie Schaller is the daughter of Joe and Linda Schaller of Graettinger and will be a senior at Graettinger/Terril High School. Malorie is active in FFA, volleyball, choir, Teens Against Tobacco and dramatics at Graettinger/Terril.

In the community, Malorie is a member of the Graettinger Pirates 4-H club and has held several offices, in addition to being a member of the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council, and she has been active in 4-H Lock Ins, Pedal With Pete and the annual Leaders Recognition and Award night programs. Malorie enjoys volleyball, reading and spending time with her family and friends.

Malorie plans to attend college following graduation from Graettinger/Terril next May.

Shelby Gappa is the daughter of Pat and Sandy Gappa of Cylinder, and will be a senior at Emmetsburg High School this Fall. At EHS, Shelby is a member of the cheerleading squads, as well as concert and show choir and concert, jazz and pit bands. She has served on the Flag line and choreographed some routines for the flag line, and is also active in speech and dramatics, as well as being a member of the Principal’s Student Advisory Committee and the EHS Student Council.

In the community, Shelby is involved in 4-H as a member of the 4-H County Council and treasurer for the Junior Clippers 4-H club. She is a member of the Luther League, has taught cheerleading at the Mega Sports Camp, tumbling at the Smith Wellness Center, and performed daycare work at Noah’s Ark Daycare, as well as volunteering at the Emmetsburg Care Center and with the Music Boosters Concession stands, as well as working part-time at the Fareway Stores in Emmetsburg.

Shelby has received numerous honors, including Division I and II ratings in both District and State small group speech, as well as Division I awards in state solo and ensemble contests for both vocal and instrumental music. She was named an All-American Cheerleader in 2007, and qualified to cheer at the Capital One Bowl. Additionally, Shelby received a Visual Arts Award at the 2007 Palo Alto County Fair and a Purple Ribbon for her Family Heritage project. She enjoys running, singing, dancing, cheering, painting, drawing, socializing and learning how to play new musical instruments in her spare time.

In the future, Shelby plans to attend classes at Iowa Lakes Community College and will then attend the University of Northern Iowa to major in communications.

Ashley Madsen is the daughter of Pat and Milly Madsen of West Bend. A 2008 graduate of West Bend-Mallard High School, Ashley was active in large group speech, FFA and Drill Team. In FFA, Ashley earned awards for Creed Speaking, Greenhand Quiz, Chapter Quiz, Ag Broadcasting and Proficiency Awards. She received the DeKalb Agricultural Accomplishment Award and served as treasurer and Vice President of the Hawkeye FFA Chapter.

In the community, Ashley has been active in 4-H, holding numerous offices in her club and serving on the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council. She also volunteered during school to assist in the Kindergarten classroom on a daily basis, participated in the Pedal With Pete program, Community Service Day and volunteered in numerous community initiatives. Ashley has worked at the Grotto of the Redemption in West Bend, as well as Kampen Foods and Ramy Seeds, and has also done babysitting for neighbors.

Ashley has received the Danforth “I Dare You” 4-H Leadership Award, as well as 4-H leadership and citizenship awards, multiple Outstanding 4-H Exhibit Awards, Superior A4-H Project wards and FFA Proficiency Awards. She enjoys dancing and cheering, reading and just being with her friends.

Ashley will be attending Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, where she plans to major in Elementary Education.

Sara Schany is the daughter of Patty Schany and the late Bill Schany, Jr. of Ruthven. A 2008 graduate of Emmetsburg High School, Sara was active in football and basketball cheerleading squads, as well as FFA, concert choir, show choir, color guard, varsity golf, EBTV and Yearbook.

In the community, Sara has worked in concession stands during the summer to help the FFA and also works at Hughes Pharmacy, the Smith Wellness Center and Iowa Lakes Community College Admissions Office. She is active in her church and enjoys babysitting for her nieces and nephews.

Sara earned All American Cheerleading honors in 2007-2008 and was a participant in the Capital One Bowl this past January. She served as Basketball Cheerleading Captain, Color Guard Captain, FFA Vice President and was a member of the founding class of Emmetsburg High School’s first television show, EBTV. Sara enjoys cheerleading, reading and spending times with her friends and family.

In the future, Sara plans to complete her Associate of Arts Degree at Iowa Lakes Community College and transfer to the University of Iowa to major in pre-dentistry and then attending the University of Iowa School of Dentistry and specializing in Pediatric Dentistry.

Sheri Kenyon is the daughter of Ron and Colleen Kenyon of Whittemore and is a 2008 graduate of Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona. Sheri was active in band, jazz band, pep band and marching band, as well as school madrigals, and musicals, as well as speech, math team, Cross Country team manager and also served on the Christian Leadership in Action team.

Sheri is involved in 4-H through her participation in the dog project his year, as well as being a member of the Palo Alto County 4-H Youth Council. She has been a delegate for Iowa Girls State, is a Mass server, Eucharistic Minister and has also detasseled corn, babysat and done daily chores on the family dairy farm. She is a member of the National Honor Society, been named to the Honor roll all four years of high school, earned letters as a member of the math team, cross country team and band, and also received two citizenship awards and agricultural awards. Sheri enjoys working with children and animals, and also enjoys swimming, reading, attending softball games and spending time with friends.

This Fall, Sheri will attend Wayne State College in Wayne, NE, to major in Elementary Education.