FORT LORAMIE – Four contestants will compete for the 2015 Miss Independence crown on Friday, July 3. The event is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. in the entertainment tent at the Fort Loramie Liberty Days Festival. It is free and open to the public.
Contestants in this year’s contest include:
• Elizabeth Pleiman, age 18, daughter of Mark and Diane Pleiman; sponsored by Fort Loramie Community Service Club.
• Brooke Ruhenkamp, age 17, daugther of Jeff and Diane Ruhenkamp; sponsored by Fort Loramie Booster Club.
• Rachel Schmitmeyer, age 17, daugther of Dennis and Laura Schmitmeyer; sponsored by G.Y.M. Committee.
Preliminary judging was held on Monday, June 29, at the Wilderness Trail Museum. At the preliminary event, the contestants were given a private interview by the judges. They were evaluated on their poise and self-confidence, their responses to questions as well as their Patriotism Project.
The Patriotism Project may be a community service project, something they’ve learned about in school, or any topic the contestant can relate to patriotism.
The pageant will continue on Friday evening with the stage event in which the 2015 Miss Independence will be crowned. The new queen will receive a $1,000 scholarship and will reign over the Liberty Days Festival held on July 3-4.