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2016 Corn School Queen pageant

Eight young women from around the county will be competing for the 2016 Corn School Queen title Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The eight Corn School Queen hopefuls are:

Paige Campbell

Paige Campbell is the daughter of Timothy and Angela Collins and a senior at Prairie Heights High School. For her talent she will be performing a song in sign language.

She is manager of her school’s wrestling team, involved in theater, and a member of the Leo Club. Campbell managed to raise $3,000 and ran in a monumental marathon 5K for Riley’s Children’s Hospital.

Some of her hobbies include skiing/snowboarding, traveling, and reading. She has traveled to 13 different parts of the world and found cave tubing in Belize, swimming with turtles in Barbados, and visiting Sulfur Springs in St. Lucia to be the most memorable.

She will graduate with an academic honors diploma this spring and plans to attend Indiana University in Bloomington in the fall. Campbell wants to study business and marketing at The Kelly School of Business. In the future she hopes to be successful in her field of study and to one day start a family.

Her sponsors are Haywards Hardware and Ducks C-Store.

Nayomee Messer

Nayomee Messer is the daughter of Clayton and Monica Messer and a senior at Prairie Heights High School. For her talent she will be singing.

Messer is a member of the Leo Club, participates in theater, and is a manager for her school’s wrestling team. She is also involved with Feed My Starving Children, Boomerang Backpacks, and Operation Christmas Child. Messer is a Relay for life volunteer and a member of her church’s praise band.

In her free time, Messer enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also likes to sign, fish, hunt and crochet. Her favorite instrument is the cello even though she cannot play it.

She is a member of the National Honors Society and an “Outstanding Scholar.” She wants to attend Trine University next year and major in English education to become a high school teacher.

She hopes to one day marry, have children and lead a life of happiness and one that allows her to bring people to Christ through love.

She is sponsored by Cassie Glick.



Maya York

Maya York is the daughter of Eric and Tish York and a senior at Prairie Heights High School. For her talent she will be signing a poem.

She is involved in criminal justice, I.C.E in LaGrange Circuit Court, and competed in Skills USA. She also holds bake sales at Orland cruise-ins to raise money for cancer research. She was a bronze medalist and state finalist for Crime Scene Investigation, and is a Barbizon Model finalist.

Her hobbies include riding horses, spending time with family, and drawing. York says she is afraid of the dark, an awful driver, and her dog is her best friend. 

She hopes to attend college and obtain a law degree to become a practicing attorney. She also would like to get married, have a beautiful family, and cherish life’s little moments.

She is sponsored by Chubby’s Fish and Steak Restaurant.

Ashley Miller

Ashley Miller is the daughter of Brent and Amy Miller and Keith and Sharen Shiltz and a junior at Westview High School. For her talent she will be doing sign language.

She is a band member, involved with writing, and attends church. She goes on mission trips to South Dakota, participates in Feed My Starving Children, packs Christmas bags for children, and makes bracelets for people in Honduras.

In her free time Miller likes to kayak, do open shows with her lambs at the 4-H Fair, and spend time with her friends and family.

She has received academic honors awards and is a student ambassador. She hopes to eventually continue her education and obtain a college degree in nursing. She would like to become a nurse and have a family someday in the future. She is sponsored by Meijer.

Madison Lynch

Madison Lynch is the daughter of Frank and Angela Lynch and a senior at Lakeland High School. For her talent she will be signing.

Lynch is a member of Lakeland Vocal Motion Show Choir and DECA Club. She has been awarded best performer in show choir and won open mic at the Northridge Invitational. She has been involved with “Freezing for a Reason” and is a volunteer at Broadway Church in South Bend.

Her hobbies include reading, writing, and working. She can also take a selfie with all five of her cats at one time.

She plans to attend Indiana State University in the fall to major in special needs education. In the future, she hopes to be working as a special needs teacher and have a happy family.

She is sponsored by All Cut Up hair salon.

Allison Smith

Allison Smith is the daughter of Jamie Fennell and a senior at Lakeland High School. For her talent she will be dancing.

She is co-captain of the varsity cheer team and president of the Laker Spirit Club. She is involved with Cinderella’s Closet and has won the perseverance and the go-getter awards.

She enjoys baking, cheerleading, and watching Criminal Minds in her free time. She has been in cheer since she was three years old and has stood in two states at one time.

She wants to continue on to college for nursing and to eventually work in the NICU. She hopes to one day get married, have four kids, and live in the mountains of Tennessee.

Her sponsor is Carney-Frost Funeral Home.

Kunglan Catherine Zhu

Kunglan Catherine Zhu is the daughter of Man and Chen Guoqing Zhu and a junior at Howe Military Academy. For her talent she will be playing the piano.

Zhu is involved in drill, cross country, art, origami, and scuba diving. She also does community service in LaGrange. She is a member of the National Honor Society.

In her spare time Zhu enjoys playing video games, playing the piano, drawing, and doing drill. Both of her parents are Chinese but they were born in Belfast, Ireland.

She hopes to be a medical or chemical engineer in the future.

She is sponsored by Howe Military Academy.

Taylor Bowdish

Taylor Bowdish is the daughter of Jamie Bowdish and Jeff Boyd and a homeschooled junior. For her talent she will be dancing.

She is a member of the Prairie Heights Dance Team and involved in her church’s youth group. She is a DYNA Youth Ambassador who raises awareness about an illness called Dysautonomia.

In 2012 she won the Little Miss Corn School Queen and talent award. She has won her school spelling bee and was runner-up in the county spelling bee in fifth grade. She has also placed in the Tri Kappa Art Fair.

She enjoys dancing, fishing, riding four-wheelers, and archery in her free time. She has three Chihuahuas that she has rescued and one cat named Maui Nix. She has also met Abby Lee from dance moms.

She hopes to go to college to become a pediatric nurse and make a difference in the lives of sick children. She would also like to buy a ranch home in the country and have horses, ducks, cats, and dogs.

She is sponsored by Preferred Auto.