Nine young ladies vie Saturday for Dairy Festival Queen title

Carnival, dairy show, Dairy Day in the Park and pageant wrap up week’s events

From Staff Reports

June 15, 2007 - Hopkins County Dairy Festival ends its week-long tribute to the dairy industry Saturday with the crowning of the Dairy Festival Queen.

Staff Photo by Angela Pitts

The Dairy Festival Queen Pageant on Saturday evening will conclude the week-long salute to the dairy industry. Shown are (bottom to top) Chelsey Tiegiser, Colleen Lucky, Kourtney Hughes, Morgan McCormack, 2006 Dairy Festival Queen Katie Watson, Sarah Yosten, Megan Arnold, Aly Jackson, Kelsey Evans and Jenna Davis.

The festival continues with the carnival on the Civic Center grounds at 6 p.m. tonight and 5 p.m. Saturday. Armbands allowing access to all rides are $18.

Things will really get in high gear Saturday with the NETLA Jr. Dairy Show at 10 a.m. in the Civic Center Arena, and Dairy Day in the Park from 12 noon to 2 p.m. on the Chamber of Commerce grounds, including a watermelon feast and the 1st Annual Cow Calling Contest.

The crowning moment, of course, is the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant that begins at 7 p.m. in the Hopkins County Regional Civic Center Auditorium.

Nine candidates are competing to claim the crown worn by 2006 Dairy Festival Queen Katie Watson. They are:

Megan Arnold

Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen contestant Megan Arnold is the 17-year-old daughter of Veronica and Benjamin Arnold of Sulphur Springs.

The brown-eyed brunette is a student at Sulphur Springs High School, where she will begin her senior year as a four-year member of the varsity cheerleading program, a three-year Spanish Club member, two-year Key Club member, National Honor Society and Hi King Klub member, and a two-year member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes. In junior high she became a member of the National Junior Honor Society.

She has been competing in cheering programs since the second grade, when she cheered with Quinlan Sport Association cheer teams. She also cheered in QSA cheer teams in third and fifth grade, then went on to compete at the All-Star level in cheer as a sixth grader. She resumed her cheering pursuit as an eighth grade cheerleader at Sulphur Springs Middle School. She also received special private cheer training in Royse City.

Arnold, who is slated to take the stage first in the talent contest during the Dairy Festival pageant, will employ her love of dance and cheer, along with a fondness for playing "make up" or “dress up," in her performance of Velma Kelly's song and dancing skit "I Can't Do It Alone" from the Broadway musical "Chicago." She plans to act, sing and dance.

She also participated for three years in Dixie Belles Softball. Arnold noted that she has been in the top 10 percent of her class since the eighth grade, and begins her senior year 16th in her class.

"I enjoy helping others with whatever their need may be, whether it is in cheer, tumbling, school academics, or in some cases fixing their hair and/or makeup. I guess I like to play 'make up or dress up' with whoever will be my guinea pig. I also enjoy performing and choreographing dances — a lot," she noted. 

Arnold indicated that she's leaning toward Oklahoma State University or the University of Texas at Austin as colleges to which she'd like to attend, and begin studying choreography and psychology. She'd like to become a social worker and a dancer, "maybe even continue with cheering at a gym as a coach for the next generation."

She is sponsored in the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant by the Dial Study Club.

Jenna Davis

Jenna Nan Davis is the 16-year-old daughter of Chris and Jajan Davis of Dike, and is sponsored in the Dairy Festival Pageant by the Mothers Culture Club.

The brown-eyed brunette attends Sulphur Springs High School, where she is involved in sports and various clubs. She played freshman volleyball and was a two-year varsity letterman in softball. She was on the Student Council in 10th and 11th grades, served as class secretary both her freshman and sophomore years, was in Key Club as a freshman, Fellowship of Christian Athletes as a freshman and sophomore, and is a member of Hi King Klub. She has been involved in cheerleading since ninth grade, was a varsity cheerleader this year and has been selected as a varsity cheerleader for her senior year, as well.

Davis has had eight years of dance training as well as eight years  ofpiano training. She currently is a member of the First United Methodist Church youth group, has been in the Girls Ensemble and Handbell Choirs, and served on the Administrative Chair Committee at FUMC.

She plans to put some of her skills to good use her when she performs second during the Dairy Festival Queen pageant. She plans to perform a song and dance number to "I've Got No Strings" from "Pinocchio."

Davis also says she loves animals. Her plans after high school graduation next spring are to attend either Texas A&M University at College Station or Baylor University in fall 2008.

Kelsey Ann Evans

Dairy Festival Queen Pageant contestant Kelsey Anne Evans is being sponsored by Community Bank. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Doug and Sharla Evans.

The curly-haired brunette intends to perform a violin skit during the talent portion of the contest, where she has been selected to perform third. This will give Evans a chance to show off the violin skills she has been polishing since the age of 6, when she began her eight-year membership with the Junior Symphony League.

Although long-skilled in music, it's sports which have caught her attention and which she hopes to pursue into college and as a career.

Evans has participated in varsity volleyball, softball, cross country and track, and also plays on the select "Diamonators team." She was a regional qualifier in cross country as both a sophomore and junior, and regional qualifier for track in 2006. She wasnamed 2006 Varsity Cross Country MVP, 2001 All-District Softball, Academic All-District Athlete and was on the United States Specialty Sports Association Fastpitch Softball Association 2006 All-World Team at the World Series.

She hopes to received a softball scholarship in order to attend a university and play ball in college. She is considering a major in physical therapy and exercise science.

�Sports aren't the only areas in which Evans excels. She is also in the top 5 percent of her class and received academic awards in English, history and chemistry as a sophomore. She includes being on the the A Honor Roll and National Honor Society among the honors she has attained.

Evans also served as vice president of the junior class, served on the Student Council, and is a member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Key Club and Spanish Club.

The Sulphur Springs High School student is also very active in the First Baptist Church, where she is a member of the youth group, Youth on Missions, youth choir, Team Lead and attends Sunday school. She will be going on a mission trip to Honduras and on a choir tour to Washington, D.C., with the church this summer. In 2005, she toured Ireland as a member of the church choir.

Evans' other interests include spending time with friends and family, shopping, photography collections and collages.

Kourtney Hughes

Hazel-eyed brunette Kourtney Hughes is the 18-year-old daughter of Tammy and Allen Phillips and Rick and Kim Hughes of Sulphur Springs.

Hughes' interests are varied, as is reflected in her sports and extracurricular activities and training.

She has had training in hip hop and ballet dancing. As sports go, she admits to attempting tennis, golf and soccer. She also has been a member of the Hi King Klub, Fellowship of Christina Athletes, Key Club, Chess Club and French Club.

Hughes also was a varsity choir member in 10th grade, experience which she will likely draw on during the talent portion of the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant, in which she is slated to perform fourth. She noted that while she's not sure what song she'll perform, she does plan to sing country music.

The Dairy Festival contestant's hobbies include going shopping, hanging out with her brothers, sisters and friends, and going to fancy restaurants.

"I still love playing dress up, love to swim, go the beach, listen to music and eat!" she noted.

Those interests and skills should serve Hughes well, as her future plans include going to Wade College in Dallas to get an associate,s degree in merchandising and marketing, then transferring to a university for further studies.

Farm Bureau is sponsoring Sulphur Springs High School Dairy Festival Queen candidate Kourtney Hughes.

Aly Jackson

Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen contestant Alyson Lauren Jackson is the 17-year-old daughter of B.J. and Ludonna Smithers of Brashear. Aly, as she is known to friends and family, is being sponsored by Junior Waverly Club.

The blue-eyed blonde will be able to draw on her four years of voice lessons, prior experience performing in Cabaret productions, and her freshman and sophomore experiences at Choir Solo & Ensemble competitions when she sings Dionne Warwick's "I Never Knew You Before" during the talent contest. She is slated to be the sixth person on the stage.

While at Sulphur Springs High School, she has participated in sports, clubs and other activities. She is in National Honor Society and Spanish Club, and made regionals in tennis as a freshman and sophomore and was Tennis Individual Regionals in 10th grade.

Jackson says "grades are very important" to her. She noted that one of her distinguishing characteristics is her ability to "get along with most everybody." This summer she will be going along with other members of her AP biology group to Costa Rica for a sea turtle adventure, and so far has raised all of the money required to participate.

In addition to singing and tennis, her hobbies and special interests include cleaning and church activities with the youth group, hanging with friends, making up new and different outfits to wear, raising calves for shopping money, and going on summer mission trips with church. She also likes to mow the yard, "but only when it's really grown up" so that she can see the difference.

Jackson said she would like to attend Texas A&M University at College Station, but plans to apply to many other places because she might change her mind about A&M. She hopes to major in business, then possibly later go to culinary school.

Colleen Lucky

Colleen Lucky, the brown-eyed brunette Hopkins County Dairy Festival Queen contestant, is the 17-year-old daughter of Jerry and June Lucky of Sulphur Springs.

Lucky has been involved in several musical endeavors, and been especially successful playing alto and tenor saxophone in the Sulphur Springs High School band program.

She has played alto sax for six years, and was awarded first chair in the All Region Band in 9th grade, and advanced to the State Solo & Ensemble contest her freshman, sophomore and junior years in symphonic band, and won the sweepstakes as a sophomore and junior.

Lucky will perform fifth in the pageant. She indicated she will be likely playing Mindi Abair's "Flirt" on her alto saxophone and do a short skit to "Pink Panther."

In addition to music, she has also been an active participant in Teen Court, earning scholarships as both a 9th and 10th grader from Teen Court. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Business Professionals of America. She is also part of the League Street Church of Christ Youth Group.

After graduating from high school, Lucky plans to move on to college. She's hoping to get into the University of Texas at Dallas, where she will major in chemistry, then go on to pharmacy school and eventually earn a doctoral degree. She eventually would like a career working in a hospital pharmacy, such as that at Children's Medical Center.

She is being sponsored in the Dairy Fest Queen pageant by Front Porch News Texas.

Morgan McCormack

Contestant Morgan McCormack is the 16-year-old daughter of Sput and Karen McCormack. She is being sponsored in the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant by Alliance Bank.

The blue-eyed brunette has several years of musical development under her belt. She had seven years of piano training and nine years of violin training. She will be able to utilize that musical skill during the talent portion of the contest, where she is slated to perform seventh. On piano she will play "All I Ask of You" from Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."

The Sulphur Springs High School student indicated she has been on the student council in both middle school and high school. She was a member of the Spanish Club her sophomore and junior years, the Key Club as a Freshman, and is currently in National Honor Society and Hi King Club. She also participated in University Interscholastic League academic competition her junior year.

She has played tennis for five years, first in middle school and for the last three years on the varsity high school tennis team.

McCormack said she loves to travel, and someday hopes to travel the world. She also loves to listen to music. She is involved in the First Baptist Church youth group and choir, and notes that she also enjoys Bible Study and spending time with her friends.

She plans to attend college to pursue a career in radiology or pharmacology.

Chelsey Tiegiser

City National Bank is sponsoring candidate Chelsey Tiegiser, 16-year-old daughter of Don and Taff Tiegiser of Sulphur Springs.

Tiegiser finished her junior year at Sulphur Springs High School with a 4.7 weighted grade point average, placing her 21st out of 237 students. She has taken all honors classes, and earned awards in Teen Court the past two years.

She is also involved in University Interscholastic League competitions. She has received fourth, third, sixth and seventh places in computer applications. She also earned third place in computer science UIL.

Tiegiser, who has grey-blue eyes and dirty blonde hair, says she likes to read, write, dance and draw. She also enjoys math, chemistry and kids, and loves "Japanese things and learning about other cultures." Her future plans include being a writer.

She has received nine years of dance instruction at Ardis Center as well as two years of training at Sulphur Springs Center For Dance, skills she will utilize during her lyrical dance performance to "l Can Only Imagine" duaring the talent portion of the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant. She is slated to perform 9th at the contest.

Sarah Yosten

Green-eyed brunette Sarah Yosten is being sponsored in the Dairy Festival Queen Pageant by Guaranty Bond Bank. She is the 17-year-old daughter of Ricky and Jana Godwin, and Matt Yosten.

She has had both voice and dance training, and includes theatre, church, music and photography among her hobbies and special interests. She also enjoys hanging with her friends, whether just going to see a movie or doing something else.

Yosten notes that she loves watching high school sports, especially soccer, and loves musicals and anything dealing with theatre. At school, she has been involved in the theatre and was a member of Thespian Society Troupe 4796. She also sings in the varsity choir.

These are all skills she can draw on for when she sing and dances to "Forget About the Boy" from the Broadway hit "Thoroughly Modern Millie." She is slated to perform eighth during the talent portion of the DF Queen Pageant.

The Sulphur Springs High School student also has competed in University Interscholastic League journalism events, One-Act Play, and is a member of the Spanish Club, French Club, Student Council, National honor Society, a three-year member of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, and was in National Junior Honor Society in junior high. She also played junior varsity tennis and golf.

Yosten plans to attend college to major in photography. She'd like to be a photojournalist for a magazine, then one day open her own business.

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