WAPAKONETA — The first step in naming the 2015 Auglaize County Fair king and queen has been completed.
Interviews were held on Tuesday, July 14, to determine who would be on court. Nine candidates have been selected as court members.
Queen candidates are:
• Bayleigh Clark, 17, daughter of Jason and Erryn Clark, of Wapakoneta. She is a 2015 graduate of Wapakoneta High School and will be attending Ohio State ATI in August. Her nominating organization is 4-H, of which she has been a member for 13 years. Clark has also been a member of FFA, choir, Show Choir crew member, varsity soccer team, participated in the Summer Moon Fest pageant, assists with the Red Cross Blood Drive, helps with vacation Bible school and volunteers at the Recycling Center.
• Jessica Fisher, 17, daughter of Mark and Tina Fisher, of Wapakoneta, is a 2015 graduate of Wapakoneta High School. She will be attending Wright State University-Lake Campus in the fall. Her nominating organization is the Wapakoneta FFA, of which she has been a member for four years. She has also been involved with Carteens, Junior Fair Board where she serves as vice president, Buckland Fire Department Women’s Auxiliary, FFA where she served as student adviser and vice president, varsity soccer where she was the 2014 team most valuable player, 4-H, volunteers for after-school tutoring and is a member of Junior Leaders.
• Amanda Lehmkuhl, 17, daughter of Bill Lehmkuhl and Karen Hoban, of Minster, will be a senior at Minster High School this fall. She was nominated by the Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club. She has been a member of 4-H for 13 years. She is a member of the National Honor Society, participated in the American Legion Oratorical Contest in 2015, is a lifeguard and swim instructor at the Auglaize Mercer YMCA and Minster Municipal Pool, a member of St. Augustine Parish, Youth Leadership Association, Student Council and band, attended the 2014 Hugh O’Brien Leadership Conference and is a member of the Minster High School volleyball team.
• Allison Luedeke, 17, daughter of Gordon and Marge Luedeke, of New Bremen, will be a senior at New Bremen High School this fall. She was nominated by the Buckeye Hustlers 4-H Club. She has been a member of the club for two years. She is a member of the New Bremen School of Dance, the Youth Missions Team, and is a volunteer at the St. Marys Living Center and OBM nursery. She is a member of the Minster High School Spanish Club, Concert Choir and was a student athletic trainer for the New Bremen High School football team. She is also a member of her church’s youth band.
• Morgan Miller, 18, daughter of Rodney and Elizabeth Miller, of Wapakoneta, is a 2015 graduate of Wapakoneta High School. She was nominated by the Wapakoneta FFA, of which she was a member of four years. He has been a 4-H member for 14 years and served as president and treasurer of Wapakoneta FFA. She is a member of Gatekeepers Suicide Prevention, National Honor Society, French Club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the basketball and cross country teams. She is a member of the Student Senate, St. Mark’s Lutheran Church and was a Leaders of Tomorrow nominee for the Lima News/Bluffton University.
King candidates are:
• Travis Fisher, 17, son of Michael and Kim Fisher, of Wapakoneta, will be a senior at Wapakoneta High School this fall. He was nominated by the Prospects 4-H Club. He has been a member of the club for 13 years. He is a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Wapakoneta Waves swim team, Knights of Columbus Squires, Wapakoneta High School track, swim, cross country and soccer teams and Fellowship of Christian Athletes.
• Andrew McClurg, 18, son of Mark and Janet McClurg, of New Bremen, is a 2015 graduate of New Bremen High School. He was nominated by County Crossroads 4-H Club. He has been a member of the club for 11 years. He was a nominee for the Magnified Giving. He was a member of the New Bremen Choir, Cross Country team, Cardinal Jets, American Legion Buckeye Boys State, GOBA in New Bremen and student government.
• Justin Nedderman, 18, son of Bob and Tareese Nedderman, of New Bremen, is a 2015 graduate of St. Marys Memorial High School. He was nominated by Buckeye Beavers 4-H Club. He is a 13 year member of the club. He is a member of the high school tennis, wrestling and soccer teams, the Animal Resource Foundation, St. Marys Nazarene Church, where is a member of a youth group, Blast participant and vacation Bible school volunteer, and is a Relay for Life participant.
• Jonathan T. Vogel, 17, son of Daniel and Dorine Vogel, of St. Marys, will be a senior at St. Marys Memorial High School this fall. He was nominated by the Maids and gents of Kossuth 4-H Club. He has been a member of the club for 11 years. He was a delegate for Buckeye Boys State, and a member of the high school band, wrestling, track and football teams. He was a letter winner with the Western Buckeye League academic honors, received a magna cum laude ranking on the National Latin Exam and is a member of the scholastic bowl team.
Voting by the Junior Fair participants to determine who will become king and queen will be held at different pre-fair judging events.
The contest will culminate with coronation on Aug. 3 during the fair, where the candidates and the public will find out who was voted king and queen.
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