Wednesday, July 29, 2009
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2009 Logan County Fair queen candidates

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[July 29, 2009]  Photographs supplied by Michael Gowin Photography,
Text from Logan County Fair Queen Pageant director, Deanne Mott.

Arielle Alley, Lincoln, Nineteen years old; daughter of Shane and Crystal; graduate of Lincoln Community High School; attends University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 

In the fall, Arielle will be a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is an Animal Science major in the Pre-Veterinary Medicine Program. After her undergraduate studies, she plans to attend Veterinary Medicine School at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as well. She would like to specialize in equine and large animal veterinary medicine. Upon graduation, she has hopes of traveling to Africa and different parts of Europe and East Asia for exotic animal studies before starting her own practice.  

Arielle is a member of the Jefferson Street Christian Church in Lincoln. In high school, she was involved in many extracurricular activities. She was president of National Honors Society and L.E.A.F Club (Lincoln's Environmentally Active Friends). She was also vice president of Pep Club and secretary of French Club. Other clubs she participated in were F.C.A. (Fellowship of Christian Athletes) and Reality (Teens against Tobacco). She was also a three sport athlete. She played golf, softball, and was a cheerleader all four years of high school. In college, she is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters and the Pre-Vet Club. She will also be a Resident Advisor for the upcoming school year and will play intramural softball again. Next year she plans on joining the Veterinarians Without Boarders Club. Arielle's Special Honors include: Student of the Month March 2008, Student of the Year 2008, Academic All Conference 2006-2008, All Conference in Golf 2007, Arthur and Luella Gimbel Memorial Scholarship, Merlyn and Helen Heyen Scholarship, and the Community Service Award. 

Emily Berglin, Lincoln, Eighteen years old; daughter of Jay and Kalyn; graduate of Lincoln Community High School; attends Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 

In the fall Emily will be attending Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. There, she will be studying Pre-Law with a major in Administration of Justice and a minor in Political Science. The studies that she has chosen will allow her to represent and lead people in our country, and through this leadership she would like to raise moral standards and heighten the morale of our nation. 

Emily's LCHS activities include: volunteering; D.A.R.E. Role Model; LEAF club, French club, Fellowship of Christian Athletes; Pep club, of which she served as vice-president; basketball, track, volleyball, cheerleading, soccer, three of these in which she served as co-captain; Student Government, class president for 3 years and President of the Student Body senior year; induction into the National Honor Society, and President of the National Honor Society senior year. Emily's Special Honors include: Sophomore Attendant; Homecoming Queen; 3-Sport Athlete Award; State Journal Register Scholar-Athlete of the Week; LCHS Female Athlete of the Year; CS8 Academic All-Conference; CS8 Soccer All-Conference Honorable Mention; CS8 Soccer All-Conference Team; American Legion Citizenship Award; Principal's Leadership Award; Lincoln Jr. Women's Club Leadership Award, DAR Good Citizen Award; Rotary Student Government Award; French Award; Logan County Board Student of the Year; Illinois State Scholar; President's Award for Educational Excellence; Prairie State Achievement Award; Cum Laude; SIUC Honors Program; her Scholarships include:  SIUC Leadership Council, Lincoln/Logan Crimestoppers, Shelter Insurance, Logan County Bank Student of the Year, and the prestigious Chancellor's Scholarship at SIUC. 

Kelsey Mariah Bunner, Lincoln, Eighteen years old; daughter of Rachel Bunner and Scott Bunner; graduate of Lincoln Community High School; attends Southern Illinois University at Carbondale 

Kelsey will be attending Southern Illinois University Carbondale in the fall. She is going to be majoring in Pre-Med and plans on going to medical school to become a Dermatologist/Laser specialist. She would like to have her own business one day or help manage a business in her field.  

Kelsey has been involved in Student Government for many years and was the Senior Vice President. She has taken part in many clubs such as Pep and Spanish club, Future Christian Athletes, and prom committee. She was Captain for the Football cheerleading squad and was on the basketball and competition cheerleading squads. Through high school she was also in diving, track and soccer. Outside of school she participated in 4-H, gymnastics and theatre. Kelsey's Special Honors include: Pat O'Neill November student of the month, All conference Track team, Judges choice award for State Speech contest, Most Improved cheerleader, Certificate of appreciation from Student Government, Three-sport athlete award, Athlete-Academic All-Conference honor roll for track and cheerleading, Elite All American cheerleading award, Honor roll, Prom Queen, and Homecoming Senior Attendant. 

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Katie Gosda, Lincoln, Seventeen years old; daughter of Roger and Sally; attends Lincoln Community High School; 

Katie currently attends Lincoln Community High School where she will be a senior and graduate in May. After high school she plans on attending college, but is undecided as to where yet. Although she doesn't know what she wants to major in, she knows that she would like to work with kids who don't have the same privileges as most kids do. 

At school, she is greatly involved with the theatre.  She loves being on stage and even being behind the scenes working on backgrounds, lights, or sometimes even sound.  It has been a great experience for her and has opened up her personality more. For two years, she was involved in the Lincoln Community High School Marching Railers playing the tenor saxophone. She is also a part of the LCHS French Club and Thespians. She is a member of Lincoln Christian Church where she is involved in the youth group. It's so nice to be a part of a group where no matter who you are, you are accepted and everybody welcomes you with open arms. Through the church, she was involved in the youth high school choir, Good News Publishing Company. Katie is involved in Reality at Logan County where she serves as the president.   

Ashley Nicole Green, Atlanta, Nineteen years old; daughter of Wes and Martha; graduate of Olympia High School; attends Illinois Central College 

In the fall, Ashley will be a sophomore at Illinois Central College in Peoria where she is working towards obtaining her Associates Degree in Graphic Arts. Upon graduation, she plans to seek further education at Illinois State University in Bloomington. While there, she will work towards receiving a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Communication. As for the future, she would love to work for a large company designing their advertisements, logos, etc. 

Aside from being a full time commuter student and relatively full time employee, Ashley enjoys a variety of activities from working on the farm to designing graphic related arts. Since the age of eight, she has been involved with 4-H where she volunteered at local concessions stands as well as throughout the county in various activities year round. In high school, she played volleyball for two years, where she was a defensive specialist. She was also on the yearbook staff and was employed at Timbercrest Vet Clinic, Bonanza, Titus 2 Keepers and State Bank of Lincoln. At ICC, she is involved with the Phi Theta Kappa honorary society. Throughout the year, she enjoys spending countless hours around the farm with her cattle, goats, chickens, ostriches, cats and dogs. Most recently, she began volunteering with the Logan County Humane Society. Currently, she attends West Side Christian Church in Springfield. Here, she is an instructor for Vacation Bible School and is a part of young adults ministry. During the summer months, she looks forward to the Logan County Fair where you will find her showing cattle or displaying her most recent photography work. Ashley's Special Honors include: 2006 Grand Champion AOB (all other breeds) in the Logan County Fair cattle show as well as recipient of Reserve Grand Champion Overall Female, various 4-H awards, and High Dean's List/Dean's List at ICC. 

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