19 vie for county 4-H fair queen title

Tayler Chandler

Age: 19

Parents: Chris and Chena Chandler

School: Sophomore at Indiana State University

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Future ambitions: Marketing major with a concentration in fashion or sports, to have a family, finish my degree in four years at Indiana State, to help a nonprofit organization again

Activities and organizations: Marian University volleyball team, community service member, Best Buddies, National Art Honor Society, Columbus East varsity volleyball letter winner, homecoming and prom court, peer leader, raised $6,000 for nonprofit business Inheritance of Hope, Circle City volleyball, Ogilville United Methodist

Hobbies and interests: Hanging with friends and family, sports, interior design, fashion, traveling, hiking, the outdoors, art, cooking

Tanna Coombs

Age: 18

Parents: Don and Lisa Coombs

School: Senior at Hauser High School

Future ambitions: To attend Ivy Tech in Columbus and obtain a business degree while also getting my certified nursing assistant license from Ivy Tech

Activities and organizations: Cheerleading, FFA, Good News Club, Students Against Destructive Decisions, assisting a teacher, track, National FFA, United Cheerleading Association and 4-H

Hobbies and interests: Spending time with friends and family, babysitting for a foster family, working my job

Haley Embry

Age: 16

Parents: Terri and Lori Embry

School: Junior at Hauser High School

Future ambitions: Run for an Indiana State FFA office during the summer of 2018, attend Purdue University with a major in Agricultural Law and minor in Agricultural Management

Activities and organizations: Academic Honors Diploma track, varsity track, Spanish Club member, National FFA member

Hobbies and interests: Showing cattle with family around Indiana, involved with FFA doing community service, spend nights in the barn welding with my dad

Tessa Fannin

Age: 17

Parents: Marc and Beth Rape

School: Senior at Columbus North High School

Future ambitions: After senior year at high school and ninth year at Circle C Horse and Pony 4-H Club, will attend a veterinarian technician program with a focus on large animals

Activities and organizations: FFA, Dance Marathon, Circle C Horse and Pony Club vice president, Bartholomew Horse Judging Team

Hobbies and interests: Horseback riding/gaming, caring for my pets, attending concerts, hiking and camping, painting and drawing, Circle C Horse and Pony 4-H Club, spending time with family and friends

Amanda Heideman

Age: 16

Parents: Robert and Lisa Heideman

School: Junior at Columbus East High School

Future ambitions: After high school, I hope to attend college and pursue a degree in the sciences.

Activities and organizations: Student Assembly, National Honors Society, Prom Committee, journalism, Happy-Go-Luckies 4-H Club member and current president

Hobbies and interests: Dance competitively at Sonya’s Dance Zone

Abigail Jones

Age: 19

Parents: Jennifer and Stephen Kimbler, and Brandon Jones

School: Sophomore at Franklin College

Future ambitions: Get master’s degrees in social work and psychology in order to work for a nonprofit organization with children and open own therapeutic practice to help people with mental illness

Activities and organizations: 4-H club leader, Zeta Tau Alpha sorority, Student Congress, Student Entertainment Board and Alpha Lambda Delta Honors Society

Hobbies and interests: Volunteer and philanthropy work, photography, working out, sports and spending time with friends and family

Brook Knudsen

Age: 19

Parents: Tim and Melissa Dempsey

School: Sophomore at Ivy Tech Community College, Columbus

Future ambitions: Graduate from college, obtain a degree in agribusiness, work for Farm Credit Mid-America; start a family and be involved with agriculture; expand passion for cooking/baking on some level

Activities and organizations: Ivy Tech Agricultural Ambassadors, FFA

Hobbies and interests: Showing pigs, agriculture, cooking/baking, running and meeting new people; heavily involved with FFA in high school; caregiver for elderly in their homes through Comfort Keepers; help others feel good by being a positive, funny, supportive and caring person.

Chase Leslie

Age: 18

Parents: Richard and Amberley Leslie

School: Freshman at Western Kentucky University

Future ambitions: Attend college and earn undergraduate for four years, then go to dental school to become a registered dentist

Activities and organizations: Dental hygiene program, part of the Greek life on campus, intramural volleyball

Hobbies and interests: Working around or with animals and people, playing volleyball in free time; working at my job of two years

Caroline Luehrmann

Age: 18

Parents: Mark and Monica Luehrmann

School: College freshman at Mother of Divine Grace School

Future ambitions: Attend Aquinas College in Nashville, Tennessee, majoring in English with intent to get a master’s degree in library science; use power of literature and media to change lives and society

Activities and organizations: National Honor Society service project for the Pregnancy Care Centers of Southern Indiana, National Junior Classical League, Columbus Christian School Choir, Indiana State School Music Association gold medalist, Happy-Go-Luckies 4-H Club, Dancer’s Studio, Inc., UTOPIA Wildlife Rehabilitators volunteer educator

Hobbies and interests: Ballet, singing, sewing, piano and reading

Morgan Meier

Age: 16

Parents: Mark and Stacey Meier

School: Junior at Columbus East High School

Future ambitions: Attend Purdue University for veterinary school, study biology and other sciences abroad, become a successful veterinarian and scientist

Activities and organizations: Swim team, track team, Student Assembly, Unified Track, Champions Together, cross country, National Honors Society, Elite Mentors, 4-H, Key Club, St. Peter’s Youth Group

Hobbies and interests: Doing artwork, swimming and track, showing goats and 4-H, science and working with animals

Bailey Meyer

Age: 17

Parents: Mark Meyer and Shannon Garrison

School: Senior at Columbus East High School

Future ambitions: Attend Purdue to become an agriculture teacher/FFA advisor, have a family farm and kids to run around on it, singing including auditioning for The Voice

Activities and organizations: Class representative, FCCLA, C4 ambassador, American Pie soloist, District XI FFA treasurer, Columbus FFA president, freshman orientation speaker, photography, fashion, national FFA, Bartholomew County 4-H, Bartholomew County Junior Leaders, St. John’s senior high youth group, White Creek Needlers vice president

Hobbies and interests: Advocating for agriculture, singing and playing guitar, hanging out with my friends and family, running FFA events, working with my animals, giving advice and being the peacemaker

Allison Roberts

Age: 18

Parents: Mike and Choniti Roberts

School: Freshman at Marian University

Future ambitions: Major in nursing at Marian University and earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, then receive master’s degree to become a nurse practitioner at a hospital

Activities and organizations: 4-H, FFA, Junior Leaders, Junior Fair Board, Fair Council, Student Athletic Training, FFA, Community Emergency Response team, Health Occupational Students of America, FCCLA, color guard, winter guard, varsity wrestling manager, marching band, student government, National Art Honor Society, work with 2- to 3-year-olds and Marian University 21st Century Scholars program

Hobbies and interests: Showing livestock, reading, announcing livestock shows, baking, cooking, babysitting, cake decorating, dirt track/NASCAR racing, horse racing, weekly Friday dinners with family, softball, Ogilville United Methodist Church Sunday School helper and volunteering

Alexis Rogers

Age: 17

Parents: Meghan and Jason Campton, Angela and the late Nathan Rogers.

School: Senior at Columbus East High School

Future ambitions: To obtain a master’s degree in special education with a minor in psychology and social work

Activities and organizations: Junior Leaders, 4-H, FFA, Best Buddies, Purple Heart Alpacas, Honor Farm, National Art Honors Society, cadet teaching with special needs, fast-pitch softball and National Art Honors Society

Hobbies and interests: Fast-pitch softball, showing pigs, supporting my little brother and sister, off-roading, shooting guns, spending time with friends and family

Claudia Sims

Age: 16

Parents: Chad and Debbie Sims

School: Junior at Columbus Signature Academy — New Tech

Future ambitions: Finish high school with academic honors and straight A’s, attend Purdue University to study to become a nutritionist.

Activities and organizations: Varsity softball for Columbus North and for Columbus Nitro Travel Team, student ambassador, prom committee, Youth Leadership Team for St. Paul Lutheran, 4-H, FFA, Junior Leaders, Feathered Friends Poultry Club

Hobbies and interests: Participating and leading youth group events, watching professional bull riding, traveling, playing softball, showing animals at the fair, working on the farm and teaching my dog Farley new tricks

Natalie Taylor

Age: 17

Parents: Scott and Christy Taylor

School: Senior at Hauser High School

Future ambitions: Attend Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi after graduating from Hauser, obtain a bachelor’s degree in graphic design to pursue a career as an art director, start a family and show my children the benefits of helping others through programs such as FFA

Activities and organizations: Students Against Destructive Decisions, Student Council class officer, Sunshine Society, In Flight Assistance Program elementary school tutor, FFA and National Honors Society, Hauser tennis team, co-reporter in FFA chapter

Hobbies and interests: Hiking, biking, kayaking, snow skiing and water sports such as wake boarding and swimming, spending quality time with friends and family

Emma VanCuren

Age: 18

Parents: Amberly and Craig VanCuren

School: Freshman at IUPUC starting in spring

Future ambitions: Become a school counselor, settle down and start a life

Activities and organizations: Choir, soccer, Columbus Police Cadet, mission trips, volunteer in Columbus fundraisers, Richards Elementary I-Care, Teen Mission and Community Church of Columbus

Hobbies and interests: Horseback riding, singing, teaching, fishing, home interior and design

Laura Van Devender

Age: 18

Parents: Bill and Virginia Van Devender

School: Home-schooled

Future ambitions: Considering a career in architecture and/or design

Activities and organizations: Ballet and 4-H

Hobbies and interests: Drawing and other arts, cross-stitch

Aurora Willman

Age: 18

Parents: Mark and Yvonne Willman

School: Freshman at IUPUC

Future ambitions: Work in marketing and advertising, spend time in the Peace Corps

Activities and organizations: St. Peter’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Trinity Lutheran Art Club, peer mentoring, National Honors Society, dance committee, student government, bowling, tennis, robotics and boys tennis manager

Hobbies and interests: Swimming, art, hiking, tennis, reading and bike riding

Lydia Wilson

Age: 17

Parents: Glen Wilson and Sereta Powell

School: Senior at Columbus East High School

Future ambitions: Attend IUPUC in fall of 2017 to take prerequisites for the nursing program, them get my Registered Nurse and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees

Activities and organizations: Health Occupations Students of America, fast-pitch softball

Hobbies and interests: Babysitting, softball, working with the elderly, hanging with friends and family, spending time outdoors and shooting

Fair queen contest Sunday

Nineteen contestants will compete for the crown of Bartholomew County 4-H fair queen. The winner will succeed 2015 fair queen Caitlyn Williams.

What: Bartholomew County 4-H Fair Queen Contest.

When: 7 p.m. Sunday.

Where: Judson Erne Auditorium, 1400 25th St., Columbus.

Admission: $3.

Information: bartholomewcountyfair.com.

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Kaitlyn Evener is an editorial assistant for The Republic. She can be reached at kevener@therepublic.com or 812-379-5645.