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Wakarusa Maple Festival Announces Sweetheart and Queen Candidates

by Amy Wenger on April 14, 2015

Maple Syrup Festival Sweetheart Candidate Bios...


Breanna Dye is the daughter of Ryand and Brandi Dye of Wakarusa. Breanna is six years old and is a student in Mrs. Stichter’s kindergarten class. She has an older brother named Aaron. Breanna has enjoyed Upward cheerleading this year, and participated in soccer and a swim camp earlier in the year. She is an active member of Girl Scout Troop 10027 in Nappanee, and is very excited to play her first year of Pee-Wee baseball. Breanna enjoys playing with her dog, playing at the park, or putting together puzzles at the library. Breanna also adores playing dress-up, and is very creative in the costumes she creates.


Avery Faith Hess is the daughter of Jim and Tereasa Hess of Goshen. Avery is six years old and is a student in Mrs. Stichter’s kindergarten class. She has an older sister named Lexy. She participates in dance and Upward cheerleading, and is looking forward to taking gymnastics and playing baseball this summer. Avery attends Union Center Church of the Brethren. She loves spending time with her family, and playing with her friends and cousins. Avery also enjoys reading, writing stories, playing card, games, swimming, and helping with the 4-H animals.


Bonnie Sue Hurt is the daughter of John and Connie Hurt of Nappanee. Bonnie is six years old and is a student in Mrs. Davies’ kindergarten class. She has two older sisters, Emma and Sara, and one younger sister, Autumn. Bonnie has been studying ballet and tap for two years. She enjoys bowling, riding her scooter and bike, and playing outside. She is excited about playing baseball this summer and loves to play soccer, especially when her sisters play along. Bonnie loves going to church and learning about Jesus. She also likes the Wednesday night Kids Club program she attends. Bonnie loves to help out in the kitchen. She makes a great assistant! Bonnie is very outgoing and loves to make people laugh.


Peyton Loghan Smith is the daughter of Shane and Kalie Smith of Goshen. Peyton is six years old and is a student in Mrs. Stichter’s kindergarten class.  She has one younger brother named Bryson. Peyton enjoys playing outside, playing her Minecraft video game, and spending time with her family. She enjoys school and is excited to start Pee-Wee baseball this summer.





Maple Syrup Festival Queen Candidate Bios...


Madeline Faith Bailey is the daughter of Paul and Patti Bailey of Wakarusa. Madeline runs cross-country and track for the middle school. She received four gold medals and one silver at Solo/Ensemble contest for both choir and band. She is an active member in the Knee Deep in 4-H Club, Junior Leaders, and shows dairy feeders, poultry, and swine. She has also been a 4-H camp counselor, as well as secretary, mentor, and a two-time winner of showmanship in the poultry club. Madeline has received numerous awards that have made her the Top Ten 4-H'er in the local poultry club for the past five years. Along with having champion and state fair 4-H exhibits. Madeline also enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her 4-H animals.


Alana Hall is the daughter of William Hall and Jennifer Elder of Nappanee. Alana is member of the state finalist Red Regiment Marching Band, playing the clarinet. She played volleyball for NorthWood Middle School and is also a member of the girls track team. In her free time, Alana enjoys drawing and writing stories.


Paige Barrett is the daughter of Eric and Brandi Keen of Nappanee. Paige attends Nappanee Missionary Church, where she enjoys praising the Lord with her friends beside her. She enjoys drawing, singing, taking walks, hanging out with friends, and roller skating. She throws discus for track, and swims for both the middle school and Wa-Nee Waves swim teams, in which she has gone to divisional three years in a row.


Sydney Kuhn is the daughter of Jason and Erica Kuhn of Nappanee. Sydney attends Wakarusa Missionary Church, where she leads worship, is on the drama team, and is planning to go on a missions trip with her youth group this summer. She played Annette in the recent middle school musical “Annie”. She is involved in track and cheerleading, and made the JV cheerleading squad at NorthWood High School. She participated in Circle the State with Song and Solo/Ensemble contest, where she earned a gold rating for her solo. Sydney plays the piano, ukulele, and guitar, and loves to sing.


Brianna Nichole McCormick is the daughter of Chris and Katie McCormick of Elkhart. Brianna is involved in basketball and track. She participated in “State Fair” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Amish Acres, Circle the State with Song, and Solo/Ensemble contest, earning two gold medals for her solos and two gold medals in band. Brianna enjoys working at the Boys and Girls Club, participating with Keystone’s Community Project, and mentoring special needs children. She attends Living Gospel Church and is involved in the youth group. Art and math are her favorite subjects and in her free time, Brianna enjoys cooking and baking.


Samantha Joy Shrock is the daughter of Chon and Colette Shrock of Nappanee. Samantha has been involved with Lee Ann Stewart Dance School for ten years, a member of 4-H for six years, and has played travel soccer for seven years. She participates in middle school choir, Circle the State with Song, and Solo/Ensemble contest, receiving gold medals. She has been involved with the Amish Acres Round Barn Young Actors Studio theatre camp for the past three years, and played the role of Ursula in last year's middle school musical “The Little Mermaid”. Samantha attends Nappanee Missionary Church, and enjoys playing the piano.


Emily Breanne Stankovich is the daughter of Tim and Jill Stankovich of Wakarusa. Emily enjoys singing, dancing, and acting. She is involved in cheerleading, choir, and participated in Circle the State with Song. Recently, she has participated in the Elkhart Civic Theater’s production of "The Canterville Ghost" and the middle school’s production of “Annie”. She is an active member of Nappanee Church of God and its youth group. Last summer, Emily and her family went on a mission trip to Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She hopes one day that she can return there and reunite with the friends she met there. Emily loves to read and write in her spare time, and hopes to someday serve in the military.


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