Four candidates vying for the title of Sweet Corn Festival Queen, left to right, are Katee Johnson, Katie Buck, Rachel Barr and Haley Walters. (Photo courtesy of Setchell Studio)
MENDOTA – It is always a very difficult task to select a Sweet Corn Festival Queen and this year is no exception, with 21 excellent candidates vying for the crown. The girls have been selected by Mendota not-for-profit organizations to represent them in this year’s pageant.
The pageant will be held Friday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m. on the First State stage on U.S. 34 in downtown Mendota.
Preparations for the 2013 Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant are underway, as the candidates have recently had their publicity photos taken by Setchell Studio of Mendota. Pageant co-chairpersons Michelle Barkman, Monica Zimmerlein, and Abby Barker will be working closely with the candidates in preparation for the big night. Each of the Sweet Corn Queen hopefuls will be very busy during the next few weeks, rehearsing stage presence and getting ready for their interviews with the judges.
Now let’s introduce you to our first four candidates for Sweet Corn Festival Queen.
The Mendota Museum & Historical Society has chosen Katee Johnson as their candidate for 2013 Sweet Corn Festival Queen. She is the daughter of Robert and Karen Johnson of Mendota. Katee stands five feet, one inch tall and has brown hair and brown eyes.
She graduated from Mendota High School this past May, where she was a member of the MHS Student Council. She was also a member of the Spanish National Honor Society, serving as secretary. Katee attained the Honor Roll for seven semesters while at MHS and received the R. H. Musik Scholarship upon graduation.
She is very busy this summer, preparing to begin basic training for the Illinois National Guard, participating in the Relay for Life and in the St. Jude Run. You can also find Katee working as a dietary aide at Heritage Health in Mendota.
Her hobbies include running, shopping, softball, singing, and home décor.
Katee’s plans for the future include joining the National Guard, and following her training, attending Illinois State University. There she will begin her studies in psychology, working toward a doctorate degree in psychology.
Katee’s special interests include music, fashion and photography.
The Mendota Business & Professional Women has selected Katie Buck to represent them in this year’s Sweet Corn Festival Queen Pageant. She is the daughter of Jay and Barbara Buck of Mendota. Katie stands five feet, six inches tall and has green eyes and brown hair.
A May graduate of Mendota High School, Katie was a member of the girls’ soccer team, as well as a member of an indoor soccer team. Katie was an honor roll student and member of the girls’ tennis and bowling teams while at MHS.
She plans on entering the Illinois National Guard this summer and then Illinois State University in the fall. She will be seeking a degree in psychology.
This summer you will find Katie vacationing for a month and attending drill weekends preparing her for basic training and AIT for the National Guard.
Katie’s hobbies include working out, playing soccer and swimming.
Her plans for the future include pursuing a doctorate degree in psychology as well as making the military a career.
Some of her major interests include, reading, traveling and experiencing new things.
Katie says she is always trying to better herself as a person.
The Mendota Women of the Moose Chapter #1567 has selected Rachel Barr as their candidate for this year’s pageant. She is the daughter of Cheryl Barr and Terry Barr of Mendota. Rachel stands five feet, nine inches tall and has blonde hair and green eyes.
She is a May 2013 graduate of Mendota High School, where she was a member of the varsity volleyball team for all four years. Rachel was also a member of the MHS bowling team for two years, ran track for two years and played basketball. She was an honor roll student and a member of the Student Council. As a senior, Rachel served as Vice President of her class.
Rachel plans on attending Carl Sandburg College this fall and playing volleyball for her the college. She is seeking a degree in business and wants to major in accounting.
This summer you will find Rachel working at Mendota Swimming Pool. Rachel enjoys her job at the pool, watching over patrons and keeping them safe. She is also babysitting and attending open gym for volleyball.
Rachel’s hobbies include swimming, playing sports and running. She also enjoys cooking.
Her plans for the future include graduating from Carl Sandburg College and transferring to Illinois Benedictine University, where she will continue to work toward her master’s degree and eventually begin a career as a C.P.A.
Haley Walters will represent the Mendota VFW Post #4079 Men’s Auxiliary in this year’s pageant. She is the daughter of Jim and Julie Walters of Mendota. Haley stands five feet, three inches tall and has blonde hair and hazel eyes.
Haley graduated from Mendota High School this May, where she participated in varsity softball all four years, serving as team captain her junior and senior years. She was a member of the volleyball team as a freshman and junior, and played tennis her senior year. She also worked in the Principal’s Office and was a member of the yearbook staff. She was on the Honor Roll for five semesters.
She plans on attending Dominican University in the fall, where she will play softball and wants to get involved with some of the various clubs on campus. Haley is seeking a degree in business and wishes to specialize in marketing and eventually obtain a master’s degree.
This summer you will find Haley working at Sullivan’s Foods, bagging groceries, stocking shelves, getting carts and cleaning the store. She will also be playing softball every weekend and taking part in activities with her friends and family.
Haley’s hobbies include softball, tennis, and tandem bike riding. She particularly enjoys travel, fashion, staying fit and reading.
Her plans for the future include finishing college as one of the top students in her class and getting a good paying job.
Haley believes everyone should be treated with respect.