by Julie Ann Madden
One-third of the 4-Hers and FFA members competing for a spot on the Plymouth County Fair Royalty are local youth.
Coronation will be held at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 25 at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds’ Pioneer Village.
Participating in the Fair King Contest are:
• Dominick Foley, son of Cindy and David Foley of rural Le Mars, and
• Adam Kroksh, son of Deb and Randy Kroksh of rural Akron. Both are sponsored by the Akron-Westfield FFA.
Also competing for king are Robin Dreeszen of Kingsley, Grady Farrer of Hinton; Matthew Gerrietts of Remsen; Christopher Reising and Scott Schroeder, both of Le Mars.
Vying for the Fair Queen title are:
• Annabelle Banks, daughter of Robyn and Chad Banks of rural Westfield;
• Kristen Foley, daughter of Barb and David Foley of rural Akron;
• Brooke Jockisch, daughter of Camille and Bob Lehman of rural Ireton.
• Kellie O’Byrne, daughter of Barbara and Michael O’Byrne of rural Westfield;
• Emily Vondrak, daughter of Joni and Chris Vondrak of rural Sioux City; and
• Whitney Zenk, daughter of Donna and Fred Zenk of rural Akron.
Other queen candidates include: Hailey Nicole Moodie of Kingsley; Sierra Stuerman of Sioux City; Kelsie Huebner and Mariah Miller, both of Hinton; Skyler Hill-Norby; Kaitlyn Popken; Catherine Pratt; Shelby Puhl; Mollie Renken, Merrissa Schlichte, Mickie Theisen, all of Le Mars.
Here are their profiles from their candidate applications:
Dominick Foley, age 17, has been in Akron-Westfield FFA for four years; and is a member of the Portland Preston Pillars Pride and the Plywood Busters 4-H Clubs, and serves as a youth board member of the Plymouth County Pheasants Forever.
He is also involved in Akron-Westfield’s Jazz Choir and golf and baseball teams.
Special awards Dominick has received include induction into the Akron-Westfield National Honor Society and earning honors at the trapshooting nationals in Texas and the State FFA competition for parliamentary procedures and Conduct of Meetings. He was also selected for the Iowa FFA Choir.
His hobbies include fishing, hunting, trapshooting, four-wheeling, drawing, hanging out with friends and many others.
Adam Kroksh, age 17, is a member of the Akron-Westfield FFA, Portland Preston Pillars Pride 4-H Club. He participates in Akron-Westfield’s National Honor Society, Jazz Choir, Lakeside Lab, Large Group and Individual Event Speech, school plays and is a Westerner wrestler. He also acts in community plays.
Special awards he has received include National Honor Society, the Top 5 Percent War Eagle Conference Award, All-State Large Group Speech recipient, State Individual Event Speech honors and All Iowa Jazz Fest awards. Adam earned his FFA Chapter Degree and Greenhand FFA Degree. He was selected for Honor Choir, singing at graduation and prom and serving as a prom waiter.
Adam’s hobbies include singing, acting in plays, showing swine, camping, reading, acting in plays, lawn mowing, listening to music, hanging out with friends and watching movies.
Annabelle Banks, age 17, is sponsored by the Lucky Liberty Lopers 4-H Club, of which she has been a member for seven years.
She is a member of the Warriors basketball, a youth group, missions trips, leadership team for youth at Morningside Assembly and “3G” student ministries.
Annabelle has served as a basketball team captain and team devotional leader and received Leadership Award and Anticipation Award – Best Defense Award for basketball. She has also served as a Morningside Assembly of God youth leader and received a national award on a human video she created.
Annabelle loves to do all different kinds of makeup, fashion, and hairstyles as her hobbies. She also enjoys playing basketball, swimming and loves talking and reading. She enjoys being a leader in her youth group.
Kristen Foley, age 17, is sponsored by the Johnson Juniors 4-H Club, of which she has been a member for eight years.
She participates in high school band, choir, cheerleading and Large Group and Individual Event Speech contests. Kristen is a Clover Kids 4-H Club volunteer and a member of her church’s choir and is a religious education class substitute teacher.
She has received several high school “letters” in band, choir and cheerleading. Kristen has been awarded the Spirit Award and received many Grand Champion ribbons with her 4-H projects, specifically an ag project and for her cat, poultry (costume) and clothing revue exhibits. She has also competed at the district and state levels in speech competitions.
Kristen’s hobbies include beekeeping, making crafts, baking, cooking and sewing.
Brooke Joskisch, age 18, is sponsored by the Remsen Ramblers 4-H Club. She is involved in National Honor Society and choir and serves as her junior class president.
Brooke has served in many leadership roles, including class secretary/treasurer, 2009-2010; FFA secretary, 2009-2010; class president, 2010-2011; and National Honor Society president, 2012-2013. She has also served as her 4-H club’s treasurer, secretary and president.
Brooke has been awarded the following in 4-H: Outstanding Junior Award, Outstanding Intermediate Award, fourth place in Plymouth County Consumer Judging Contest (considered to compete at state but declined); and received a Reserve Grand Champion on her 9/11 Project. Her school-related achievements include “A” Honor Roll, four years; Special Projects Award for FFA, second place; chaptered in FFA; four Division II and two Division I performances for Iowa High School Music Association’s State Solo/Small Group Ensemble Festivals; 2011 Iowa Class 1A Vocal Jazz Champions and lettered in chorus.
Brooke’s hobbies include reading, taking long walks, learning new and exciting things, going new places, creating new and crafty things and taking care of my animals.
Kellie O’Byrne, age 17, is sponsored by the Akron-Westfield FFA, of which she has been a member for three years.
She is a member of the Portland Preston Pillars 4-H Club, Plymouth County 4-H County Council and the National Junior Swine Association.
Kellie has received the following honors: A/B Honor Roll, three years; Reserve Division Champion in Market Barrows, Outstanding Intermediate 4-H Award; She participates in speech and is a varsity track runner, Kellie has served as her 4-H club’s secretary, two years; and president, one year; the FFA chapter’s reporter and secretary, each one year.
She loves to read and write and express herself through art and writings. Kellie also enjoys working with her livestock for shows around the country.
Emily Vondrak, age 16, is sponsored by the Johnson Juniors 4-H Club.
She is active in debate, drama Quizbowl, Large Group Speech, choir, show choir, National Honor Society, AWARE, Miracle Makers, Mission Club and Then Feed Just One. Emily serves as a church altar server and is a junior mentor and parish events volunteer. She is on the National Council for Youth Leadership and 4-H County Council.
She has received many awards and achievements, including Student of the Month for ninth grade science, 10th grade religion and 11th grade Social Studies; National Honor Society, and Gold Honor Roll, three years. Emily has been selected for the Mayor’s Youth Commission and as a Junior delegate to Plymouth County GOP Convention. Emily was a State Large Group Speech qualifier, state debate finalist, debate team captain elect, and 4-H club president and vice-president. In 4-H, she was honored with an Outstanding Intermediate Award, Senior Spirit Award, Grand Champions in the $15 Challenge, Food & Nutrition, and Working Exhibit; Reserve Grand Champions in Food & Nutrition and Pride of Iowa Contest. Emily received an excellence rating in a National Forensics League competition.
Her hobbies include reading, creative writing, baking, horseback riding, theatre and following politics.
Whitney Zenk, age 17, is sponsored by the Perry Pals 4-H Club.
She is a member of the Thespians at Le Mars Community School, National Honor Society, and girls’ track team. Whitney teaches at The Turn Around dance studio where she also takes dance and gymnastics.
She has received many awards during high school, including letter awards and participation awards for volleyball, dance team, track and in speech, Division I and state honors. Whitney is a member of the National Honor Society and has achieved the Honor Roll every year of high school.
Whitney loves to explore outside and take pictures of nature. She also loves to sing and enjoys gymnastics and dancing at The Turn Around. Whitney also loves to go boating, water skiing and tubing at Yankton, S.D.