Name:Hannah Vanderwall

Parents: Jeremy and Mandi Vanderwall

Hometown: Morocco

Pageant/Age: Teen/15

School/Year in School: South Newton/Freshman

Sponsor: Earl Woods Salvage and Design

Future Career Plans:

My career goal is to become a pediatric nurse or a general pediatrician.

Community Activities:

• 4-H


• Student Council


• South Newton Drama Department

• Junior Leaders

• Church/Vacation Bible School Leader

• Cheerleading (10 years)

• Swimming (3 Years)

• Gymnastics (2 years)

Activities and Honors:

• Junior Leaders Secretary

• Junior Leaders 4-H Council Representative

• Busy Beavers 4-H Club Reporter

• 2016-2017 National Junior Honor Society Treasurer

• 2016-2017 FFA Sentinel

Hobbies and Interests:

In my spare time, I enjoy playing with my brothers, Brett and Beau; working with my cattle and pigs for show; jamming and talking with Ben in the truck; singing and dancing in the kitchen and car with mom, Beau and occasionally Brett, to country and Vanilla Ice; taking pictures on my own and with mom and Aunt Kassie; having late night talks with Grandma; babysitting, Melia, Paige, Olivia, and all the other little ones;, learning all about pigs from Uncle Brian; helping out in Mrs. Link’s classroom; and helping mom and dad with their business.

Name: Kayla Florian-Carlson

Parents: Jennifer and Matt Carlson

Hometown: Morocco

Pageant/Age: Teen/16

School/Year in School: South Newton/Freshman

Sponsor: Stock Vets

Future Career Plans: It is my goal, to always stay passionate about what I love. I hope to have a career working with animals and to be able to keep my creativity alive in my artwork.

Community Activities:

• 4-H (7 years)

• Junior Leaders (3 years)

• St. Luke Lutheran Church “Live Generously Projects”

• Volunteered at my schools blood drive

• Volunteered to “face paint” elementary students during their family night

Activities and Honors:

• Highest Distinction for 2017-2018 school year (all A’s with at least 1 A+)

• Received 2 Oscars

• FFA: Vice President 2 years, Sentinel 2 years, and currently Chapter Reporter. 1st place in Overall Junior State Crops, 1st place at District 1 Creed Speaking & Greenhand Prepared Public Speaking, and 7th Overall State Novice Parliamentary Procedure Team. I was awarded Star Discovery and Star Greenhand.

• 4-H: Numerous Awards and State Fair Level Projects

• Art Club, President 1 year and Secretary 1 year. 2017-2018 — awarded “Best of Show” runner-up, Prairie Arts Council art show “Award of Excellence”

• Volleyball, 2017 — Rebel Award

• Swimming, 2018 — Rookie of the Year

• Track, 2018 — 100% Award

• Class Officer, Vice President (3 years)

Hobbies and Interests:

Agriculture: I love working with my livestock animals. I show swine, cattle and sheep at the fair.

Arts and Crafts: I love creating beautiful pieces of artwork for others to enjoy.

Photography: I always try to find unique objects to capture pictures of.

Name: Kylie Blann

Parents: Karen Blann/Brian Jordan and the late Craig Blann

Hometown: Lake Village

Pageant/Age: Teen/16

School/Year in School: North Newton/Sophmore

Sponsor: Beverly Lowe

Future Career Plans:

I would like to go to college to major in Biochemical Engineering.

Community Activities:

I am involved in FFA where I am the chapter’s Vice President and compete in Parliamentary Procedure, Forestry, Community service, and Public Speaking. I am also a 4 year member of 4-H where I compete in Farm Toy Scene, Swine, and Small Animals

Activities and Honors:

I am honored to have received the following awards: Academic Honors Presidential Award, FFA SOAR leadership award, FFA greenhand degree, Leadership award for Track and Field, Second place area FFA forestry team, third place FFA freshman prepared public speaking, Small animals grand champion 2016, Farm Toy Scene grand champion 2017, and Second place Science Olympiad team for Road scholars 2016 &2017.

Hobbies and Interests:

My hobbies and special interests are running (Cross country, track and field) watching movies, spending time with animals, crafting, makeup, meeting new people, and hanging out with my FFA chapter.

Name: Natalie Obenland

Parents: Jackie and Craig Obenland

Hometown: Kentland

Pageant/Age: Teen/17

Contestant Number:

School/Year in School: South Newton/Junior

Sponsor: Funk’s Frontiersman

Future Career Plans:

In the future, I plan to go to Indiana University and become a pediatrician.

Community Activities:

• Involved at the nursing home

Activities and Honors:

• Art Club

• Swimming

• Lifeguard

• Prom Committee

Hobbies and Interests:

My hobbies and interests include; swimming, hanging out with my friends and family, and shopping. I really enjoy swimming not only for fun but to compete, this also leads to my work life at the pool. I also love spending time with my family and friends. Whether this is just hanging out at home or going out and trying new things.

Name: Megan Fricke

Parents:Adam and Brenda Fricke

Hometown: Roselawn

Pageant/Age: Teen/17

School/Year in School: North Newton/Junior

Sponsor: Sycamore Drive In

Future Career Plans: Cardiothoracic Surgeon

Community Activities:

• Member of St. Augusta Catholic Church

• Junior Varsity Volleyball (3 years)

• Employee at Sycamore Drive- In

Activities and Honors:

• 3.9 GPA/All A honor roll

• Class president (3 years),

• Student Council vice president,

• Spanish club member,

• Student leadership board

• FCCLA (achievements): Secretary (3 years), Silver medal in National Star Competition over domestic violence awareness, National Alternative Qualifier, Riley’s Children Hospital fundraiser/care packages, voting delegate, community fundraiser, animal shelter treat projects, and National Cluster meeting

• National Honor Society member

Hobbies and Interests:

• Reading

• Scrapbooking

• Binge watching Netflix

• Snuggling with cats

• Crafting

Name: Eliana Knakiewicz

Parents: Chris and Kathy Knakiewicz

Hometown: Morocco

Pageant/Age: Teen/17

School/Year in School: Homeschooled/Junior

Sponsor: Iroquois River Ranch

Future Career Plans:

To continue to pursue a career with music. To attend college at Thomas Edison State College and obtain my law degree

Community Activities:

• 4H Busy Beavers (President)

• Sunday School nursery helper

Activities and Honors:

• 4H Busy Beavers President

• NACMAI 2018 Future Star Award

• Country Showdown Kentucky Finalist

• Hoosier Star Finalist

• Kentucky Opry guest

• Appeared on Nashville MusicTelevision

• Opened for Jason Michael Carroll recently

Hobbies and Interests:

I enjoy participating in local theatre, and helping with the church nursery when needed. I enjoy reading, especially about history. I have recently started to learn to enjoy working on cars. My favorite hobby would have to be singing and performing. I love to engage an audience. In addition I love learning to play guitar and songwriting.

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