REYNOLDS — Twelve girls will take the stage Saturday at the White County 4-H Fair to vie for the titles of 2019 Miss White County and Junior Miss White County.
Seven girls are competing for the Miss White County crown while five are aiming for the Junior Miss title. There will also be 18 contestants — 16 girls and two boys — competing in the annual Little Miss and Mr. White County. Pick up a copy of Saturday’s Herald Journal or visit us online at www.hj.com for more on the latter.
The Miss White County contestants will be featured on the main stage at 8 p.m. at the fairgrounds in Reynolds. The winner will succeed Callie Furrer, who won the 2018 title.
The following are biographies, in alphabetical order, of each Miss White County and Junior Miss contestant. Saturday’s winner and her court will represent White County at various statewide festivals and events throughout the following 365 days.
Miss White County contestants
Kiley Culver, 18, is the daughter of Thomas and Tracy Culver, of West Lafayette. She is a 2018 graduate of William Henry Harrison High School and currently attends Tricoci University Beauty of Culture. She is a 10-year 4-H member.
Upon completing cosmetology training, Culver plans on working in a salon for a few years to gain experience and clientele in hopes of one day opening her own establishment.
In her free time, she likes to spend time with family and friends, working with animals, mentoring FFA members, practicing archery with her father, and riding her horse, Scarlet.
Elizabeth Fields, 20, is the daughter of Ron and Dena Fields, of Brookston. She is a 2019 graduate of Frontier Junior Senior High School and currently attends Purdue University, where she is studying animal science. Fields is a three-year 4-H member.
Fields plans on graduating from Purdue University and traveling abroad with Purdue Agriculture to where she can travel the world and be able to help farmers with beef cattle.
In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix or hanging out with her siblings and rabbit.
Emily Jones, 20, is the daughter of Mitch and Tammy Jones, of Monticello. She is a graduate of North White Junior/Senior High School and will attending Purdue University-Fort Wayne this fall to study communication sciences and disorders. She is a 10-year 4-H member.
Jones plans on obtaining her master’s degree in audiology and hopes to one day work with children with cochlear implants at either Riley Hospital in Indianapolis or at the corporate headquarters of Cochlear Americas in Englewood, Colo.
Sidnie Lewis, 19, is the daughter of Natalie and Jason Lewis, of Monon. She is a graduate of North White High School and currently attends Purdue University-Fort Wayne, where she is studying accounting. She is a six-year 4-H member.
Lewis plans on obtaining her master’s degree and returning to Monon to teach business at North White. She would also like to be involved with the dance and softball program at the school.
In her free time, Lewis enjoys travel softball, reading, putting on dance shows, and designing and making home crafts.
Taylor Shriver, 20, is the daughter of Todd and Gail Shriver, of Reynolds. She is a graduate of North White Junior/Senior High School and currently attends Ivy Tech Community College, where she is studying respiratory therapy. She is a 10-year 4-H member.
Shriver volunteers with Angel Tree, WMRS Radio, Viking Buddies and Riley Hospital for Children. She plans to obtain her associate degree to pursue a career as a traveling respiratory therapist.
In her free time, Shriver enjoys baking, cooking, running, shopping with friends, and spending time with her family.
Makayla Schroeder, 18, is the daughter of Bill and Nicole Schroeder, of Reynolds. She is a 2019 graduate of Frontier Junior Senior High School and will be attending Ivy Tech Community College this fall to study agribusiness management and minoring in business administration. She is a 10-year 4-H member.
Schroeder enjoys all aspects of the outdoors, from enjoying the lake in the summer to skiing and snowmobiling in the winter.
Schroeder plans to obtain her associate degree this fall and transfer to Purdue University for her bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management. She plans to help manage employees, understand the grain market, and control finances as the sixth generation of her family’s farm operation.
Morgan Wood, 18, is the daughter of Brian and Julie Wood, of Wolcott. She is a 2019 graduate of Tri-County Junior/Senior High School and will be attending Ball State University this fall to major in public relations and minor in theater. She is a 10-year 4-H member.
Wood has interests in becoming an event planner, using her minor in theater to do special effects makeup. She was a member of the marching band, Student Council, National Honor Society, and Spanish Club. In her free time, she enjoys painting, drawing and doing makeup.
Junior Miss contestants
Kennedy Clark, 15, is the daughter of Gene and Tracy Clark, of Monticello. She currently attends Frontier High School and is a five-year 4-H member. She is a member of the Goat Club, Swine Club, FFA, and plays volleyball. In her free time, Clark enjoys stretched canvas painting, drawing and creating things.
Mackenzie Smolek, 15, is the daughter of Kenny and Melissa Smolek, of Monticello. She currently attends North White Junior/Senior High School and is an eight-year 4-H member. She is involved in soccer, jazz band, the English and Science academic teams and Drama Club. In her free time, Smolek enjoys swimming, drawing, riding four-wheelers and cooking.
Allison Hunt, 17, is the daughter of Cory Hunt and Kristy Hunt-Shidler, of Monticello. She currently attends North White Junior/Senior High School and is a six-year 4-H member. Hunt has served as the football manager and student athletic trainer for basketball, and is also a member of FFA. In her free time, she enjoys watching Netflix, crocheting, backing and cooking a variety of foods.
Stefanie Ruff, 17, is the daughter of Jennifer and Jamie Roberts and Keith and Carmin Ruff, of Reynolds. She currently attends North White Junior/Senior High School and is a nine-year 4-H member. She is a three-year member of the varsity cheer team and assists in chaperoning the junior high dances. In her free time, Ruff enjoys working with her sheep, cows and pigs, cheering for the Vikings, and being outside riding four-wheelers or fishing.
Gabriella Hoover, 16, is the daughter of David and Theresa Hoover, of Monon. She currently attends Indiana Connections Academy and is an eight-year 4-H member. Hoover is involved in the Youth Worship Band, travels on mission trips, and has served in several positions for her 4-H club. In her free time, she enjoys volunteering, reading, writing and painting.