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A dozen going for county queen title


Twelve young ladies from LaGrange County will be hoping to be crowned Miss LaGrange County on Saturday, July 7, at the LaGrange County 4-H Fair.

The contest will be held in the fairgrounds pavilion, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Contestants for the 2012 title are:

Jordan Brown,17, daughter of John and Allisa Brown of LaGrange. The Lakeland High School senior plans to pursue a career in nursing, specializing in obstetrics. She has been active in competitive cheerleading for eight years. She also volunteers in her church’s nursery as well as helping take people from the nursing home to church and back. At church, she leads the worship songs for a Bible study class for people with mental and intellectual disabilities.

Brown is a member of the National Honor Society and is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class. She also serves on the LaGrange County Extension Board.

“There are two things I’ve done for the past two years that I can honestly say changed my life – my mission trips to Honduras and volunteering at a Lutheran disabilities ministries camp,” Brown said.

Brown’s sponsor is Morton Street Coffee.

Shelby Butler, 16, is the daughter of Todd and Jessica Butler of Hudson. She is a junior at Prairie Heights High School and plans to pursue a career in child development.

Butleris active in the youth group as well as the Rejoice Group at Stroh Church of Christ. She is also involved in 4-H. At school, she has been the PH Varsity Girls Basketball manager.

 “What I enjoy most in life is spending time with my family and caring for other people, especially kids,” Butler said.

She is sponsored by Stroh Farm Supply.

Kelsey Clayton, 17, is the daughter of Arden Clayton of Monroeville, Ind., and Rhonda Clayton of LaGrange. She is a senior at Prairie Heights High School.

Clayton is active at school in the Spanish Club, student council, theater, and Academic Super Bowl. She also participates in tennis at Prairie Heights.

She participates in sheep and swine projects in 4-H. Clayton has been the 4-H Small Animal Showmanship Champion for the past three years. She has also been the 4-H Rabbit Ambassador Champion three years in a row.

Clayton is looking forward to going to the Art Institute of Indianapolis to study fashion and business management and would like to open her own store someday.

“I enjoy spending time with my family and friends going camping. I love spending time with all of my animals, too,” Clayton said.

She is sponsored by Robin’s Nest Floral and Gifts.

Danica Forbes, 18, is the daughter of Duane and Lori Forbes of LaGrange. Forbes is a 2012 graduate of Prairie Heights High School and will be attending Ivy Tech Community College in the fall, where she will be studying to be a phlebotomy technician and plans to work toward EMT certification.

She is active in the 4-H Horse and Pony Club. She also enjoys dance and tennis. Forbes has been the tennis MVP, mental attitude winner, and captain. She was also captain of the PHHS dance team. Forbes was second runner-up for Miss LaGrange in 2011. She also had the Reserve Grand Champion pony at the Indiana State Fair in 2005. She was the state winner and national finalist for the Skills USA in cosmetology.

“I enjoy spending quality time with my family and friends, making people laugh and smile and learning something new each day,” Forbes said.

She is sponsored by Everidge Motor Sales.

Kara Gunthorp,17, daughter of Greg and Lei Gunthorp of LaGrange, is a senior at Prairie Heights High School. She wants to pursue a career in agricultural marketing and management. Gunthorp is in FFA, NHS, and competes in the FFA essay contest and FFA Parliamentary Procedure contest. She enjoys softball, Ping Pong Club, the Corn School Queen Contest, and the Pigeon River Festival Boondocks Queen Contest.

Gunthorp has served as president of the Prairie Heights FFA Chapter. She was 2nd runner-up in the 2011 Corn School Queen Contest as well as Miss Congeniality. She was also the 2012 PH Varsity Softball team captain.

Gunthorp’s future plans are to become a state FFA officer, obtain an agribusiness management degree from Purdue, and then come back and raise a family on her family farm.

“I enjoy being me, whether I am filling my role as farm girl, athlete, FFA member, or pageant contestant,” Gunthorp says.

She is sponsored by Gunthorp Farms.

Rachel Herber, 18, is the daughter of Rick and Renee Herber of Wolcottville and is a 2012 graduate of PHHS and attends IPFW.

Herber plans to pursue a career as a registered nurse and specialize in the labor and delivery field.

At school, Herber is active in drama club/theatre, Spanish Club, and concert choir. She is involved in the National Honor Society and the Indiana Future Educators Association. She was Homecoming Queen of 2011 and lettered in theatre and choir.

She plans to graduate from college, attain a career as a registered nurse, then start a family.

“I enjoy helping others in every way that I can, expressing myself through music, living on Big Long Lake, and just being who I am,” Herber saids.

She is sponsored by J.O. Mory Inc.

Kayla Keifer, 20, daughter of Wayne and Tammy Ferguson of Howe, is attending Glen Oaks Community College.

Her career ambition is to become a nurse, medical assistant, or veterinarian.

Keifer is active in scrapbooking, creative writing, and working with special needs children at the Elkhart Area Career Center.

She has earned a CNA license, getting into a TIRO program to help students with schoolwork, and also has become a thirty-one consultant.

Her future plans are to have a nursing or veterinary degree while starting a family.

When asked what she enjoys most in life, Keifer answered, “My job, my dog Berta, horseback riding, and spending quality time with family and friends.”

She is sponsored by Life Care Center of LaGrange.

Mataya Lorntz,19, daughter of Matt and Donna Lorntz of Hudson, is currently attending Ivy Tech Community College.

Lorntz has been active in volleyball, track, basketball, and softball, was involved in church youth group, and was a football manager. She was a member of LaGrange County 4-H for six years, showing horses, pigs, and cows. She is a donor to Locks of Love and volunteers at the humane shelter. Lorntz had the Grand Champion Horse in 2010, 3rd place weanling at the state fair, received several varsity letters while in high school, and was third runner-up in the 2011 LaGrange County Queen Contest.

Lorntz’s future plans are to transfer from Ivy Tech to Purdue to pursue a large animal vet degree, settle down, and start a family.

When asked what she most enjoys, she answered, “What I enjoy most in life is waking up every day with a new start and having the chance to show friends, family, and new people I meet just what they mean to me, because life is so short and I don’t want to waste any time God gives me.”

She is sponsored by Pawsitively Paradise Pet Resort. 

MacKenna McGraw, 16, is the daughter of Brad and Lori McGraw of LaGrange.

The Prairie Heights senior plans to finish high school then become a sign language interpreter at Riley’s Children Hospital. 

She is actively involved in the Prairie Heights Drama Club, International Thespian Society, Leo Club, and the varsity golf team, earning herself all area and all conference honorable mention. McGraw is also in the PBNJ youth group, participates in adopt a highway, and the LaGrange County 4-H Fair.

She plans to travel the world, get married, and have a family.

When asked what she enjoys most in life, she stated, “spending time with people who mean the most to me. I love making memories that will last a lifetime.”

She is sponsored by Northern Sprayfoam.

Heather Mills, 18, is the daughter of Richard and Sara Mills of Mongo.

She is a freshman at Glen Oaks Community College and plans to have a successful career with a business degree and one day wants to own her own dance studio.

Mills was actively involved in softball, student council, and dance in high school. She was also a football manager. She won several trophies in dance and is most proud of her state finalist spot in four routines.

She is involved in community and church events such as Vacation Bible School.

“My passion in life is dancing with my friends and other dance competitors. I love performing for my family and the crowd. It makes me feel good when they cheer me on,” Mills said.

She is sponsored by Haskins Farm.

Arikka Mygrant, 16, is the daughter of Rodney and Shannon Mygrant of Wolcottville.

She is a junior at Prairie Heights and is still undecided in her career but has several choices she is considering.

Mygrant is involved in many school activities, including art, photography, yearbook, PEP and theatre, where she earned Best New Female Actor. Mygrant is also involved in International Thespian Society, dance and cheerleading where she has won three awards: Most spirited, most improved, and mental attitude. 

“In life I enjoy being young and the many adventures of having my whole life ahead of me.” Mygrant stated.

She is sponsored by Kahuna’s Roadhouse.

Nicole Sharp,18, is the daughter of Duane and Stephanie Sharp of Shipshewana. She is a senior at Westview High School and plans to become a registered nurse, working in LaGrange County to be able to give back to her community. 

Sharp is active in volleyball, where she earned the most blocks, the 4-H Fair, and recently received her certified nursing assistant (CNA) through the Four-County Vocational program. She was also on the honor roll both semesters last year.

“I enjoy knowing that each day is different and new. I also love being able to meet new people and bring a smile to their face.” Sharp said.

She is sponsored by S. Sharp Photography.