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Youth Fair Queen Contestants

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Stephens

EMILY STEPHENS

Wise County 4-H

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Missy and Sonny Stephens

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: Wise County 4-H Horse Club president – two years; Paradise FFA reporter

INTERESTS: showing horses, serving as Texas 4-H equine ambassador, horse judging for 4-H and FFA, 4-H vet science program, 4-H vet skillathon team, public speaking contests, cooking, reading, making jewelry. One interesting hobby of mine is that I am a hat creaser for NRS and love it!

FAVORITE SUBJECTS: agricultural education and English

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FCCLA, FFA, Wise County 4-H Horse Club, Wise County Vet Science Program, Texas Equine Ambassador, American Quarter Horse Association, American Saddlebred Horse Association, Stock Horse of Texas Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association, Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association and National Cutting Horse Association.

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: For the past three summers, I have donated my time to help with the non-profit organization Loads of Hope. Each summer they do a huge backpack drive for kids in need. They take almost a week to pack thousands of backpacks with school supplies and hygiene kits, and then we pass them out. It’s so rewarding to get to see the kids’ faces light up when they get their favorite Disney backpack.

Tullos

GEORGIE TULLOS

Boyd FFA

AGE: 16

PARENT: Dale Tullos

HONORS: A honor roll, perfect attendance

INTERESTS: traveling, spending time with family

HOBBIES: exercising, playing with my steer, cooking

FAVORITE SPORT: cross country

FAVORITE SUBJECT: AP Plant Soil

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Boyd FFA, Boyd cross country, Boyd track team

Cox

CARSYN COX

Paradise 4-H

AGE: 11

PARENTS: Scott and Mindy Cox

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: 2017 4-H club secretary and 2018 4-H recreation leader

HONORS: 2017 grand champion white OPB at the Wise County Youth Fair; 2017 Junior Swine Feeder of the Year of the Paradise Junior FFA; 2017 first place district and county record book, swine division; 10th place oral reasons at the district livestock judging competition in Vernon; 2018 grand champion junior swine showmanship at the Paradise Project Show; 2018 grand champion food at the Paradise Project Show

INTERESTS: riding 4-wheelers, camping, fishing, riding bikes, traveling and hunting

HOBBIES: showing swine, baking, playing games, loves little kids/babysitting, spending time with family, shopping, dancing and going to Paradise baseball and football games

FAVORITE SPORT: volleyball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: math

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Paradise 4-H, Paradise Jr. FFA, Wise County 4-H livestock judging team; art and science club at Paradise Intermediate, acro at Miss Twister Dance Company

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Singing in choir, participating in the church Christmas play, Wednesday night Awanas, summer church camp

OTHER: I am 11 years old and have two older brothers – Ty, 19; and Colby, 16. My family loves to be outdoors and play ball and play in the yard with our dogs. I love to be involved in any activity involving 4-H whether it’s ringing the bell for the Salvation Army, taking goody bags to local fire departments, attending the end of the year bash or helping kids show at the Heart of a Champion Show. This is my third year in 4-H, and each year I have been able to try new things and have met my goal of doing community service work. I am very outgoing and love to talk and make new friends. One of my favorite things I have gotten to do is attend county 4-H camp in Brownwood. I have a large family, and I love camping and going on vacation with them. I am looking forward to showing my four pigs at a major livestock show for the first time. I am very excited to be a queen nominee because I love to dress up and do something I have never done before.

Shallene

SHERIDAN SHALLENE

Bridgeport 4-H

AGE: 18

PARENTS: Mills and Kathy Shallene

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: Bridgeport 4-H president, first vice president, county council delegate; Bridgeport FFA president, treasurer; FFA District 1 secretary; Wise County 4-H council treasurer

HONORS: Breed champion Red Angus Houston Livestock Show; breed champion Simbrah West Texas State Fair; reserve breed champion Limousin State Fair of Texas; reserve senior champion public speaking ag policy State Fair of Texas; fifth place ABC steer San Antonio Stock Show; seventh place AOC steer Houston Livestock Show; second place Polled Hereford steer Fort Worth Stock Show; 11th place Maine steer Houston Livestock Show; 4th place Angus heifer Fort Worth Stock Show; 11th place ORB heifer Fort Worth Stock Show; FFA Lone Star Degree; BHS FFA Top Cattleman; 4-H District 3 first place meat judging team; sixth place 4-H meat judging team San Antonio Stock Show; third place 4-H meat judging team Houston Livestock Show; first place 4-H District 3 meat judging team; first place 4-H District 3 livestock judging team; FFA District 1 first place public speaking and second place Area 5; champion 4-H Roundup meat judging invitational contest; 25th high individual livestock judging State Fair of Texas; second place individual livestock judging 4-H District 3; first place creed speaking and first place team ag issue FFA District 1; BHS homecoming nominee; A honor roll; A/B honor roll; Wise County Youth Fair champion senior steer showmanship and junior steer showmanship; WCYF junior grand champion dog; second high individual livestock judging WCYF; first place team livestock judging WCYF; grand champion prospect steer WCYF; reserve grand champion prospect steer WCYF; first, second, third, fourth, fifth place steer classes WCYF; first, second place heifer class places WCYF; BHS National Honor Society; regional qualifier cross country; Most Improved Varsity Girl Cross Country.

INTERESTS: showing cattle, meat and livestock judging, agricultural activities, serving others

FAVORITE SPORT: running

FAVORITE SUBJECTS: ag classes

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: 4-H, FFA, BHS National Honor Society, BHS Student Council, American Maine Anjou Association, American Chianina Association

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: member of Grace Fellowship Church, volunteered in nursery 3-year-old classroom

OTHER: I am attending Texas Tech University and majoring in agribusiness. I have been employed with Ink and Stitch in Bridgeport for the past two years.

Tackett

Rachel Tackett

Alvord FFA

AGE: 18

PARENTS: Jeff and Cindy Tackett

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: queen of the Alvord rodeo team; president of the Alvord FFA chapter; FFA reporter in 2015-16; and vice president in 2016-17.

HONORS: Star Greenhand Award; Soil and Water Conservation Award; and received a buckle in pole bending the past three years through the North Texas High School Rodeo Association

INTERESTS: agriculture and rodeo

HOBBIES: rodeo, hunting and hanging out with friends

FAVORITE SPORT: rodeo

FAVORITE SUBJECT: agriculture

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FFA, rodeo team, archery club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and FCCLA

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: I am a follower of Jesus, and I know that without Him in my heart, I wouldn’t be able to do everything I enjoy.

OTHER: When I graduate in a few months, I plan to pursue my love of agriculture and go to college to study agribusiness.

Read

CARSON SHAY READ

Decatur FFA

AGE: 18

PARENTS: Shay and Carrie Read

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: current Area V FFA vice president; current Decatur FFA chapter president; former Decatur FFA chapter vice president; former Decatur FFA chapter secretary; former District 1 FFA vice president; current Wise County Council 4-H parliamentarian; former Wise County Council 4-H president; former Decatur 4-H Club president

HONORS: Texas Youth Livestock and Agriculture (TYLA) Ambassador; Team Purebred Junior Board of Directors member; Texas Pork Producers Youth Spotlight; National Junior Swine Association’s Real Pig Farming Youth Spotlight; Decatur High School newspaper editor in chief

FAVORITE SPORT: college football

FAVORITE SUBJECT: agricultural sciences

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: National Honor Society, National Spanish Honor Society

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: member of Denton County Cowboy Church

OTHER: co-founder/co-owner of Carson Read Livestock

Fraga

MORIAH ALEXIS FRAGA

Bridgeport FFA

AGE: 18

PARENTS: Maryela and Saul Fraga

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: FFA parliamentarian

HONORS: A/B honor roll, volleyball homecoming nominee

INTERESTS: supporting family, walking in God’s path

HOBBIES: sports, cheering on sisters, succulent care, helping less fortunate

FAVORITE SPORT: basketball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: math

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FFA

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Youth teacher, Vacation Bible School volunteer, missions – Beautiful Feet.

Thomas

KAILEY THOMAS

Paradise FFA

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Shay and Misty Thomas

HONORS: Softball 2015 1st team All Wise County and 2nd-team all-district as an outfielder; 2016 academic all district, 1st team all-district pitcher, 2nd team All-Wise County outfielder; 2017 2nd-Team All-Wise County utility player

INTERESTS: softball, babysitting, showing and horse judging

HOBBIES: showing pigs, shopping and hanging out with friends

FAVORITE SPORT: softball

FAVORITE SUBJECTS: math

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FFA and FCCLA

OTHER: I plan on going to Ranger College in Stephenville to get my associate’s degree in nursing and then transfer to Tarleton to get my bachelor’s degree in nursing.

Pollard

HALEY POLLARD

Chico FFA

AGE: 17

PARENT: Landra Pollard

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: FFA officer – reporter 2015-16; vice president 2016-17; adviser 2017-18.
National Honor Society officer – member since 2015; vice president 2017-18

HONORS: Star Greenhand FFA Degree; Outstanding Spanish student; Oustanding Honors Biology student; Outstanding Art 1 student; Outstanding English 1 Honors student; A/B honor roll; Student of the Month; Star Chapter FFA Degree; Outstanding English 2 Honors student; A honor roll; Star Lone Star FFA Degree

INTERESTS: attending Tarleton State University in the fall of 2018 and pursuing a career in nursing.

HOBBIES: baking, painting, gardening, photography, showing livestock and athletics

FAVORITE SPORT: powerlifting

FAVORITE SUBJECT: advanced animal science

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: National Junior Santa Gertrudis Association; FFA; Chico athletics; National Honor Society; Chico show team

Keating

SYDNEY KEATING

Slidell FFA

AGE: 18

PARENTS: Marsha Clyburn and Brian Keating

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: Student council president; FFA sentinel; Slidell 4-H club president

HONORS: Cross country regional qualifier 2017; basketball regional finalist 2017; track regional qualifier in 300 hurdles 2017; state one act play 3rd place 2017; UIL regional qualifier in literary criticism and poetry interpretation 2017; homecoming queen 2018; state qualifier in 4-H fashion storyboard and mohair judging 2017; state qualifier in food challenge

INTERESTS: cross country, basketball, track, tennis, UIL, one-act play, student council, National Honor Society, 4-H, FFA, livestock judging

HOBBIES: Driving with my friends, taking care of my animals

FAVORITE SPORT: basketball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: English

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Student Council; Beta Club; National Honor Society; 4-H; FFA

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: volunteer with Vacation Bible School building and production; help in regular church activities; participates in church plays

OTHER: I show a lamb through FFA, which I showed at the Fort Worth Stock Show and plan to show at the Wise County Youth Fair and Houston Stock Show. My lamb’s name is TinTin.

Outlaw

JESSIE OUTLAW

Alvord FCCLA

AGE: 16

PARENT: Carrie Outlaw

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: FFA student adviser, 4-H president

HONORS: National Junior Honor Society; multiple major wins at the Houston Livestock Show; multiple major wins at the Fort Worth Stock Show; and multiple major wins at the State Fair of Texas; Alvord High School 4.0 Club; multiple major wins at the Appaloosa Horse Club World Show

INTERESTS: showing animals, being with friends/family, FFA events

HOBBIES: showing animals

FAVORITE SPORT: riding horses

FAVORITE SUBJECT: agriculture

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FFA, 4-H, archery, FCCLA, Spanish Club

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Meals on Wheels/Christmas gift deliveries

OTHER: I am a straight A student as a sophomore in high school, and I plan to do great things in my future.

McCune

MACEY MCCUNE

Boyd FCCLA

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Dana and Rodney McCune

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: I have been the vice president for four years for the class of 2018, president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes for two years, officer of FCCLA for one year, vice president of FCCLA for one year.

HONORS: volleyball academic all-district for two years, volleyball honorable mention for three years, 2nd team all-district volleyball one year, 10th grade Student of the Year, 10th grade History Student of the Year, 11th grade Most Improved in College English and Miss BHS 12th grade year.

INTERESTS: Some of my interests include pursuing a higher education in the medical field, attending a mission trip every summer and traveling with my sister.

HOBBIES: athletics in general, any sport; digging into the word of God and journaling as I read through it

FAVORITE SPORT: volleyball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: science

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: FCCLA and Fellowship of Christian Athletes

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: youth group activities and five mission trips including San Angelo, New Orleans and San Diego

OTHER: I have been a volunteer volleyball coach for sixth graders for two years.

Pearson

AUBREY PEARSON

Paradise FCCLA

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Shelley and Tony Pearson

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: District 1 secretary, Paradise FFA secretary, Paradise FFA reporter, Paradise FFA treasurer, Paradise student council representative

HONORS: Star Greenhand, Star Chapter Farmer, Texas Lone Star FFA Degree

INTERESTS: spending time with friends and family

HOBBIES: showing market barrows, market goats and breeding gilts

FAVORITE SPORT: tennis

FAVORITE SUBJECTS: Anything science-related

Watson

EMMA WATSON

Chico 4-H

AGE: 17

PARENTS: Kenny and Cherry Watson

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: Third vice president Chico 4-H

INTERESTS: music, cooking, volleyball, swimming, riding horses, showing goats

HOBBIES: playing guitar and drawing

FAVORITE SPORT: volleyball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: history

CLUB MEMBERSHIP: Chico 4-H

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Food drives, making care bags for prisoners and worship team

Outlaw

KODIE OUTLAW

Alvord 4-H

AGE: 12

PARENT: Carrie Outlaw

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: Alvord 4-H secretary

HONORS: National Junior Honor Society, multiple major wins at the Houston Livestock Show, multiple major wins at the Fort Worth Stock Show, mutliple major wins at the State Fair of Texas, multiple major wins at Apaloosa Horse Club World Show

INTERESTS: showing cows and rabbits

HOBBIES: showing animals

FAVORITE SPORT: football

FAVORITE SUBJECT: band

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Alvord FFA, Alvord 4-H

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Meals on Wheels/Christmas gift deliveries

OTHER: I love band and hope to have a career in music when I get older.

Ellison

JAYDEN ELLISON

Slidell 4-H

AGE: 15

PARENTS: Whitney and Robert Ellison

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: 4-H secretary, member of Slidell/Greenwood 4-H for six years, class secretary, student council

HONORS: 2nd place 4-H Roundup singing; 7th place swine Houston Livestock Show

INTERESTS: basketball, music, food

HOBBIES: reading, writing, singing, basketball

FAVORITE SPORT: basketball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: math

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: 4-H, FFA

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Youth group

Parker

ALESSA PARKER

Boyd 4-H

AGE: 9

PARENTS: Paul and Wanda Parker

HONORS: A/B honor roll

INTERESTS: getting more pets, training dogs, showing chickens and cooking

HOBBIES: working with my chickens, cows and dogs

FAVORITE SPORT: volleyball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: reading

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Boyd 4-H, robotics and rifle

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: The Church of God Boyd, singing in the choir

OTHER: I love going to church and volunteering. I want to be a veterinarian.

Tribe

ALLIE TRIBE

Clothing and Textiles 4-H

AGE: 13

PARENTS: Shane and Kristen Tribe

CLUB/OFFICES HELD: 2017 president of Clothing and Textiles 4-H; 2016 vice president of Clothing and Textiles 4-H; 2017 secretary of Decatur 4-H; 2016 and 2015 reporter of Decatur 4-H

HONORS: first place UIL editorial writing 2017 and 2018; 2014, 2015 and 2017 reserve champion in clothing construction; 2016 grand champion clothing construction; 2017 grand champion consumer buying

INTERESTS: dogs, hiking and crafting

HOBBIES: reading, writing and playing basketball

FAVORITE SPORT: basketball

FAVORITE SUBJECT: reading

CLUB MEMBERSHIPS: Decatur 4-H, Clothing and Textiles 4-H, McCarroll Middle School band

CHURCH ACTIVITIES: Part of the Decatur Church of Christ youth group

OTHER: I’ve been dancing for eight years with Wise Ballet and Music Academy. This will be my first year to dance en pointe in the summer performance, which is “Cinderella.” I was also the McCarroll Middle School mascot – Regal Eagle – for the 2017-18 school year.

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