COTTONWOOD Four young ladies will vie for the position of 2017 Idaho County Fair Queen at the crowning event set to take place Friday night, Aug. 19, 7 p.m., at the Arena Building.
This year’s candidates are Kally Arnzen of Grangeville, Selena Davila of Cottonwood, Chaye Uptmor of Keuterville and Tiffany Sonnen of Greencreek.
Kally Arnzen is the 16-year-old daughter of Gerald and Janell Arnzen of Grangeville. She is a junior at Grangeville High School where she is active in varsity volleyball and track, student council, concert and pep band. She was also a delegate for Idaho County Light and Power’s annual convention and is a member of the Lively Livestock 4-H Club.
Following graduation, Arnzen plans to attend the University of Idaho and obtain a degree in engineering.
“I am always diligent … I not only work hard at school, but am also able to carry that same diligence through to my extracurriculars,” she answered when asked what her strongest personal quality is. “I also always make sure I complete my jobs and tasks outside of school thoroughly and carefully.”
Arnzen said her family is the most important thing in her life and she enjoys spending time with her parents, older sister Jacey, and two grandmothers, Helen Egland and Roseanne Arnzen.
Arnzen is employed by the family farm year-round and this includes helping with harvest as well as feeding and working cattle. She has participated in 4-H since she was 6 and has had many projects including sheep. She has also entered many projects in the open class division.
In her spare time, Arnzen enjoys hiking, tending to her animals, reading and sports.
Selena Davila of Cottonwood is a senior at Prairie Junior/Senior High School and is the daughter of Dennis and Helen Rowland and Adam and Nicole Davila.
At Prairie, Davila is active in FFA, serving as chapter vice president. She also participates in the drug-free group, Prairie League and youth group. She is also active in her 4-H Club where she has taken horse, market beef and photography projects, and also served as an Ambassador in 2014-15.
“I believe my strongest personality trait is that I am responsible, because I am always on time, I am organized, and if I say I am going to do something, I will get it done,” she stated.
Davila said her family is most important to her and she appreciates her “two moms and two dads who have each taken so much time to support me,” she said.
She enjoys reading and riding horses and is currently employed at the Cottonwood Livestock Auction and Cottonwood Veterinary Clinic. Following graduation, Davila plans to attend Washington State University and study veterinary medicine.
Seventeen-year-old Tiffany Sonnen of Greencreek is the daughter of Elaine Sonnen and Tom Sonnen. She is a senior at Prairie Junior Senior High School in Cottonwood.
Sonnen has been active in FFA for three years, two as an officer. She is in Prairie League and youth group as well. She is employed at The Hangout and on her family’s ranch. She has been involved in 4-H in both Lewis and Idaho counties.
Interested in art, piano, animals and auto repair, Sonnen plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College following graduation. She hopes to one day own her own repair shop.
“My strongest personal quality in my eyes would be how easily I can get along with everyone,” Sonnen said.
She added she appreciates the support of her friends and family who are “supportive in everything I try to do, and who are always there to pick me up if I fall,” she said. “My family is the best thing in my life. My father is someone who will help you with anything … and my mother is my rock.”
Chaye Uptmor is the daughter of Roger and Chris Uptmor of Keuterville and is a senior at Prairie Junior Senior High School in Cottonwood.
Uptmor works for her parents on the family ranch and enjoys basketball, volleyball, running track, reading, hiking, camping and spending time with friends and family.
“When I set my mind to something I get it done to the best of my ability and like to see projects through to the end,” she said. “I’m not afraid of hard work, and love a challenge.”
Uptmor said the most important thing in her life is God.
“Without Him, nothing is impossible,” she added.
Uptmor has been involved in basketball, volleyball, softball and track at school as well as student government. She-tap danced for seven years and has volunteered in her community in a number of capacities.
Following graduation, she plants to attend the University of Idaho or Lewis-Clark State College and work toward a degree in biomedical engineering or business.