COTTONWOOD Seven young ladies will vie for Idaho County Fair Queen for the coming year.
Madison Adams, Ciara Chaffee, Naomi Connolley, Anna Kaschmitter, Halle Klapprich, Clarissa Stevens and Grace VanGunten are all candidates for the 2018-19 royalty court.
Crowning will take place Friday evening of the fair, Aug. 17, 7:30 p.m., in the main building.
Madison Michelle Adams, 16, will be a senior at Grangeville High School this fall. She is the daughter of Nick and Heather Slichter.
At GHS, she has participated in volleyball, track and FFA. She has taken several pigs as livestock projects in 4-H.
“I love being outside – fishing, hunting, camping, riding horses or hiking – anything outside,” she said.
Following high school, she plans to attend Lewis-Clark State College and enroll in the radiology program.
Ciara Elizabeth Chafee, 16, is the daughter of Kevin and Shari Chaffee and is a junior at PHS in Cottonwood.
She has been enrolled in Girl Scouts for 10-plus years and is involved in Prairie League, Future Health Professional Students of America (formerly HOSA), cross-country, track, basketball and is a member of the Keuterville Livestock 4-H Club.
“I have wanted to be a part of royalty since I was a little girl,” Chaffee said.
She plans to attend college and become a physical therapist.
Naomi Connolley, 15, will be a sophomore at GHS in the fall and is the daughter of Mike and Tara Connolley of Mt. Idaho.
At GHS, she has participated in FFA and soccer. She is involved in youth group and is a member of Lively Livestock 4-H Club.
“My three older brothers are the most important things to me in my life because they have taught me to stay strong through tough times and to not back down,” she said.
When she graduates, she plans to attend a junior college on a soccer scholarship and become an orthodontic assistant.
Anna B. Kaschmitter, 16, is a junior at PHS in Cottonwood. The daughter of Mike and Shawn Kaschmitter is involved in HOSA, sports, FFA and Prairie League at school. She also participates in 4-H and youth group.
Following graduation, she plans to attend veterinary school at Washington State University in Pullman.
“My strongest quality is my willingness to help others, because everyone needs help sometime in their life, and I hope to be the one to help them succeed,” she said.
Halle Klapprich, 15, is a sophomore at PHS and is the daughter of Heath and Tara Klapprich of Cottonwood.
She is involved in the Idaho County Fair Fashion Board, youth group, Prairie League, volleyball, basketball and 4-H.
Following high school, Klapprich plans to attend college and major in pre-med, with hopes of becoming a surgeon.
“The most important things in my life are my family and my faith,” she said.
Clarissa Stevens, 15, is the daughter of Fred and Renee Stevens of Grangeville and is a sophomore at GHS and Prodigy Private Instruction.
She participates in soccer, youth group, dance class, Bible study, drama and 4-H.
“I hope to attend college and pursue a career where I can use my gifts and interests to inspire others and be a blessing to them,” she said.
Grace VanGunten, 16, is a sophomore at GHS where she is involved in volleyball, tennis, student council and HOSA. She also participates in 4-H and youth group.
The daughter of Kevin and Amber VanGunten, she one day hopes to attend a university and major in psychology. She would also like to travel.
“My main goal in this life is to know, love and serve God, and to live the life he has designed for me,” she said.