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Six girls will vie for the title of Cherokee County Fair Queen

Monday, June 29, 2009

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The 2009 Cherokee County Fair Queen candidates and last year's Queen and her Court were special guests at Friday's Cherokee Chamber of Commerce Coffee at the Fairgrounds. The 2009 Queen candidates are, back row, left to right, Hillary Wilkie, Demi Dunn, Elizabeth Ross, Taylor Hohbach, Emily Kramer, Darragh Denery. Front, 2008 Miss Congeniality Danica Hanson, Princess Nicole Berry, Queen Jessica Alesch. Photo by Chris Reed
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Darragh Denery
Six young ladies will be competing for this year's Cherokee County Fair Queen title. The queen will be crowned at the conclusion of the fair.

Darragh Denery

Darragh Denery is the daughter of Fred and Pati Jo Miller and the sister of Shawn and Brian Denery and Jenn Miller. Darragh will be a senior at Washington High School in Cherokee this fall.

Her favorite school activity is choir, because she loves to sing and she likes to express herself through music. Other school activities that Darragh enjoys include band, speech, drama, theater, and jazz choir.

Her hobbies include singing, gardening, swimming, dancing, playing the cello and clarinet, and she also likes to perform in plays and musicals.

Her summer plans are to work on her family acreage and "hang out" with her friends.

Darragh's plans for after high school are to enter the Army National Guard, and then attend the Des Moines Police Academy.

When asked " Why do you want to participate in the Queen Contest?" she replied, "To be known to the public and try and help them before my military and police career."

When asked "How do you feel you could be an asset to the Cherokee County Fair?, Darragh answered, " I believe I am a strong positive leader, and I could set a good example to the attendees of the fair in hopes they will pass on that leadership to others."


Demi Dunn

Demi Dunn is the daughter of Doug and Deb Dunn and the sister of Derek Dunn. She will be a senior at Washington High School in Cherokee this fall,

her favorite school activity is tennis. This year, Demi played #1 on the varsity team, and she stated, "It always felt good to know that I could really be competitive and win matches at that spot. It gives you a rush to accomplish things like that."

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Demi Dunn
Other school activities that Demi enjoys include varsity football cheerleading, student council, National Honor Society, German National Honor Society, marching/concert/pep band and jazz band.

Her hobbies are dance and tennis,and she also enjoys making crafts.

Some of Demi's community activities include being a assistant dance teacher/student, swim lessons instructor, being a "Pheasant Chick" at the Pheasants Forever banquet this year, and student council . She also helps with many community events such as Toys for Tots and numerous blood drives, as well as collecting items for Mid-Sioux.

Her summer plans are to work as a lifeguard for her third season, and also work at Denny Services, and, when needed, at Escue Auction.

Her plans for after high school are to attend a four-year college and travel to Germany.

When asked why she wants to participate in the Queen Contest she replied, "I'm the type of person that wants to take advantage of all of life's opportunities and experiences and running for Fair Queen is a perfect example of that. This is something I've always known I'd do, because ever since I was a little girl, my role models had run for it and I have waited a very long time since those days to have my turn."

When asked, "How do you feel you could be an asset to the Cherokee County Fair," she said, "I feel that I am a very good role model who has good morals and can set a positive example to represent Cherokee County."


Elizabeth Ross

Elizabeth Ross is the daughter of Katherine Malcolm and Tony Ross. She will be a junior at Washington High School in Cherokee this fall.

Her favorite school activity is jazz band , because she travels to places to play competitively and sometimes meet new people.

Other school activities that Elizabeth enjoys include band, choir, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Her hobbies include "everything musical," and she enjoys writing songs and poems ... plus shopping.

Some of her community activates include youth group, AWANA and 4-H Youth in Action.

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Elizabeth Ross
Elizabeth's summer plans are to work and go on a mission trip to Texas.

Elizabeth's plan for after high school is to attend college and major in Music Education. One day , she hopes to be a band teacher.

When asked why she wants to participate in the Queen Contest she replied, "To prove that girls of any size can run."

When asked how she felt she could be an asset to the Cherokee County Fair , Elizabeth said, "I would give it more of a teenage perspective."


Hillary Wilkie

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Hillary Wilkie
Hillary Wilkie is the daughter of Kevin and Karla Welkie and the sister of Eric Wilkie.

She will be a senior at Washington High School in Cherokee this fall.

Her favorite school activity is tennis. She stated, "I like playing outdoors in the sunshine. Getting a tan also is my favorite part about tennis. I love this sport and plan on doing this all year round. You can also have tons of fun."

Other school activities that Hillary enjoys are football cheerleading, Spanish club.

Here hobbies include music and photography. "When I have time, I'll go outside to take pictures and try new things. I love listening to music also no matter where I'm at I have to listen to something. I'm also into dance. I have been in dance since I was two or three. It is a big part of my life."

Some of her community activates include church group and helping around in the community. She has also worked at the baseball fields in the concession stands or anywhere else she is needed. "I love to help," said Hillary.

Her summer plans are to work and spend time with friends and family. She is currently working a lot at R.J. Thomas Manufacturing Company and at the Fridley Movie Theater. She also plans on going on a big vacation with her family to South Dakota. Plus Hillary will be making college trips and having her senior pictures taken.

Her plans for after high school is to hopefully attend the University of South Dakota to earn a degree in Junior High/High School English and Literature Teaching. She is also thinking about getting a business degree and to have her own business.

When asked why she wants to participate in the Queen Contest she replied, "I want to participate just for the adventure and I want to know what it is like to be in a contest. I have always been a shy girl and from this I want to show that I can do more than what people think. I also want to encourage younger girls to do this when they are older and show them what it's like."

When asked how do you feel you could be an asset to the Cherokee County Fair she said, " I am t he type of girl who is up for anything. I will do what I need to and help out. I'm not the type who says not to everything, I want to do something and not to just sit around and wait. I am also a kind, generous girl, who will go around and talk to everyone and see how he or she likes the fair this year. I just love to meet new people."


Taylor Hohbach

Taylor Hohbach is the daughter of Kirby and Julee Hohbach and the sister of chase and Chandler Hohbach. Taylor will be a senior at Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn High School this fall.

Her favorite school activity is volleyball because she likes the challenge it brings. Other school activates include Drill team, cheerleading, track, art club, speech and drama and golf.

Her hobbies include being active all the time by singing, dancing, playing sports, swimming and just hanging out.

Some of her community activities include a community play, picking up trash and help recycling efforts.

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Taylor Hohbach
Her summer plans are to work at the Marcus Pool, hang out with friends and baby-sit her nephews.

Taylor's plans for after high school are to attend Buena Vista University and get her degree in Physical Therapy.

When ask why she wanted to participate in the Queen Contest she said " I want to show people you don't have to have the perfect body to be beautiful and also be a role model for kids."

Taylor was also asked, how do you feel you could be en asset to the Cherokee County Fair? "I'm a very out going person, I love people and meeting and going new places. I would love to represent Cherokee County because I love where I live and want to represent it well," said Taylor.


Emily Kramer

Emily Kramer is the daughter of Karen and Ed Long her siblings are Kevin, Joel, Justin, Scoot and Jacey Long.

Emily will be a senior at Washington High School in Cherokee this fall.

Her favorite school activity is debate because of all the opportunities and people she gets to meet.

Other school activities that she enjoys are choir, drama and jazz choir when in season.

Here hobbies include reading, listening to music, spending time with friends and family.

Her summer plans are to spend time with family and friends and getting ready for her senior year of high school.

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Emily Kramer
Her plan for after high school is to enter into the army to be a medic. When asked why she wants to participate in the Queen Contest she replied, "It's a great opportunity to be involved with the community. I've always wanted to be apart of the contest."

When asked how do you feel you could be an asset to the Cherokee County Fair she said," I am very social and creative. I could give many ideas to make the Cherokee County Fair even better then it already is."



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