In just a few more days Miss Tooele County Dairy Princess 2004, Shareena Lynn Taylor and her attendants Holly DeLeeuw and Tiffany Louise Jack, will relinquish their crowns to another three young ladies residing in the county.
In turn the new royalty will have the chance to represent the county and the dairy industry over the next year.
The 2005 Tooele County Dairy Princess competition is set for this Saturday, May 14, at the Tooele Senior Citizens Center, 59 E. Vine St. This year’s pageant will feature 16 contestants.
The competition begins at 7 p.m. — doors open at 6:30.
Winners of the pageant will travel throughout the valley over the next 12 months. The Dairy Princess and her attendants will visit elementary schools and talk with students about the importance of eating healthy foods, staying physically fit, remaining drug-, violence- and alcoholfree, improving self-esteem and much more.
All contestants in the annual Dairy Princess competition are required to carry and maintain at least a 2.8 GPA. The young women must be at least a junior in a Tooele County high school and be no older than 23.
The princess will receive a $500 scholarship to help further her education. Attendants will each receive a $250 scholarship.
The scholarship funds will be awarded to the royalty after they successfully complete a myriad of community service projects and represent the county for one full year.
The 2005 Tooele County Dairy Princess will compete in the state pageant in 2006.
The following are brief summaries (in alphabetical order) of the Tooele County 2005 Dairy Princess hopefuls:
Allie Mecall Anderson, 16, Grantsville, is the daughter of Martin and Suzanne Anderson. She is a junior at Grantsville High School where she maintains a 3.8 GPA. She aims to attend Utah State University to pursue a degree in English.
“Being involved in my school and community is important to me… I like trying to make a difference” says Allie.
She enjoys spending time with her family, friends, skiing, hiking and camping.
Julee Baird, 16, Grantsville, is the daughter of Terry and Jan Baird. A junior at Grantsville High School, Baird carries a 3.7 GPA and plans to attend the University of Utah or Dixie State. She hopes to obtain a degree in nursing or criminology and looks forward to completing her certified nursing assistant class this spring.
“I love to sing, dance, sew, do yoga and read,” she said. Julee also likes lifeguarding at the Deseret Peak Aquatic Center.
Cristi Bissegger, 17, Stansbury Park, is the daughter of Scott V. Bissegger and Colette Nelison. She is a junior at Tooele High School where she has a 3.2 GPA. Cristi plans to attend Utah State University to obtain a degree in nursing.
“I enjoy going to baseball games, dancing, and hanging out with my friends. I am passionate about my school activities, family and friends,” she notes. She is currently the women’s sports editor for her high school newspaper.
Katrine (Casey) Cox, 18, Grantsville, is the daughter of Seth and Tamra Cox. She is a senior at Grantsville High School with a 3.8 GPA. She plans to attend Utah State University this fall where she will pursue a degree in public health. After that she wants to attend graduate school to become an epidemiologist.
“I love to play soccer, dance ballet, play the piano and read and write fantasy stories. My family is very important to me as is being involved and learning new things,” says Casey.
Hannah Finley, 17, Grantsville, is being raised by Glen and Sue Barrus. She is a senior at Grantsville High with a 3.2 GPA. She plans to work toward her Vet Tech certification and then work in a veterinarian office.
“I love animals very much and I am very passionate about horses,” says Hannah, noting she is currently in pursuit of qualifying for state finals in high school rodeo. “It has been something that I have been working hard for the last year.”
She describes herself as “very loud and outgoing.”
Nicole Heder, 17, Tooele, is the daughter of Van and Wendy Heder. She is a junior at Tooele High School with a 3.9 GPA. She wants to get an associate’s degree in arts and cosmetology as well as a bachelor’s degree in political science.
She plans to attend both Salt Lake Community College and Brigham Young University.
“Tennis, ballroom dance, doing other people’s hair (cosmetology) are things that I enjoy second only to spending time with my family,” says Nicole.
Tenisha Nicole Marie Hicks, 18, Tooele, is being raised by her mother Deirdre Hicks and her grandparents J.W. and Mary Anderson. She is a senior at Tooele High School and has a 2.9 GPA. She plans to get a bachelor’s degree in business, art or nursing from Westminster College.
She describes herself as a “fun lovin’, dream-bigger, out-going teenage girl.” She enjoys the performing arts, writing poetry, swimming, walking, jogging and hiking. Her favorite pastime is reading or playing video games.
Patricia (Trish) Elleen Hoy, 16, Tooele, is the daughter of Gary and Mary Hoy. She is a junior at Tooele High School and maintains a 3.0 GPA. She intends to major in fashion or interior design.
She enjoys racing dirt bikes and spending time with her friends and family “— without them I would not be able to do anything.”
She also says, “I enjoy and care about dance very much. It is one of the most important things in my life.”
Laura Hunter, 18, Stockton, is the daughter of Gary and Karen Hunter. She is a senior at Tooele High School with a 3.9 GPA. She plans to attend Utah State University where she will major in aerospace engineering and minor in finance.
“My interests vary from art to welding and everything in between. I love learning new information and applying it to my life. This has led me to be involved in many different activities both in and out of school,” says Laura.
Makenzie Idom, 17, Erda, is the daughter of Danny and Kathy Idom. She is a junior at Tooele High School and carries a 3.8 GPA. She plans to attend Brigham Young University Idaho where she will major in criminal justice and minor in dance.
She hopes to become a social worker.
“My friends call me ‘Mama Kenz’ because I am always here to listen to them, give them advice or just be their friend,” notes Makenzie. She is interested in dance, service, and education.
Brandy Lynn Keefer, 17, Dugway, is the daughter of Charlene Shafer and Scott Keefer. A junior at Dugway High School, Brandy maintains a 3.2 GPA. She plans to attend Utah Valley State College where she will major in English or Hospitality Management.
She describes herself as “considerate and kind” and enjoys dancing, reading and writing.
She currently works on her schools newspaper staff.
Abigail McNeill, 17, Grantsville, is the daughter of Jeff and Teresa McNeill. She is a junior at Grantsville High School and has a 3.8 GPA. She hopes to get a degree in education so she can one day be a high school English teacher.
She loves being in plays, entertaining others and helping people in her neighborhood.
She says, “It’s important to smile, to love who you are, and not be afraid of the person you see in the mirror.”
Lani Allyn Penney, 16, Stansbury Park, is the daughter of Randi Penney and is a junior at Grantsville High School. She maintains a 3.4 GPA and hopes to attend college at Southern Utah University or Weber State University. She plans to get her degree in education and then return to Tooele County to teach.
Lani says, “I am a very hard worker, I believe [in] giving it my all in everything I do.” She enjoys singing, camping, reading and having fun.
Sunnie Lynn Rushton, 17, Erda, is the daughter of Doug and Peggy Rushton. She is a junior at Tooele High School and sports a 3.1 GPA. She aims to not only get a license in cosmetology, but also a degree in business and dance.
She describes herself as “a fun and very outgoing high school student who loves dancing, styling hair and hanging out with my friends. I enjoy helping others and volunteering my time for those in need. I truly care about my family, friends, school, community, church and all of my other surroundings.”
Tiffany Nicole Steadman, 18, Tooele, is the daughter of David and Theresa Steadman. She is a senior at Tooele High School and has a 2.9 GPA. She hopes to one day get a degree in accounting and business.
“I enjoy spending my summer Friday nights at Deseret Peak motocross races watching my little brothers race and giving them a helping hand,” says Tiffany. She also loves sign language as it helps her “understand the deaf community better.”
Alyssia Swartzfager, 16, Grantsville, is the daughter of Steve and Sharmae Swartzfager. She is a junior at Grantsville High School where she holds a 3.0 GPA. She plans to study theatre and education at Southern Utah University.
She loves to dance and perform for others and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.
She tutors kids at Grantsville Middle School and says she enjoys “being a positive role model for other students as well as my younger sister and cousins.”