GRUNDY CENTER - Five Grundy County girls and one boy will be compete for the title of Grundy County Fair Queen and King during the first major event of the 2012 Fair, Monday, July 23 at 6 p.m.
This year's queen candidates are Alyce Johnson, Michelle Mackie, Kayla Nazario, Brittany Shinn, Abigail Taylor.
Johnson, from Wellsburg, is the daughter of Lynda and Vernon Johnson. She has been participating in football and wrestling cheerleader, FFA SADD, National Honor Society, large group speech, individual speech, theatre, teaching intern. She is a member of the 4-H county council, Pleasant Valley Reformed Church and is a Red Cross blood drive volunteer. She received the UNI Distinguished Students Award and was in the top 15 percent of the Aplington-Parkersburg Class of 2012. The 18-year-old will attend UNI in the fall.
Mackie, 18 from Grundy Center is the daughter of Curt and Deb Mackie. Michelle graduated from Grundy Center High school in May. She will be attending Iowa State University in the fall with a major in agricultural studies. Michelle was the Grundy Center FFA President and received her Iowa Farmer's degree last year as well as the DeKalb Agricultural award. Michelle is currently an intern for Mid-Iowa Cooperative in Beaman.
Nazario, from Wellsburg is the daughter of Robert and Jennifer Nazario. She has been active in Student Council, SAVE (Students Against Violence Everywhere), musical leads, Church Worship team, Youth Group and Church Nursery. She received the American Citizenship Awards from the BAR association, Silver Cord and a member of the National Honor Society. Her hobbies are shopping, and being with friends and family. The 18-year-old will attend Ellsworth College to attain an RN degree and then to Mercy College to become a nurse practitioner.
Shinn, of Reinbeck, is the daughter of Jerry and Bonnie Shinn. During school she was involved in cheerleading, basketball, soccer and FFA. She was also active in dance and county council. In her free time she enjoys running and hanging out with friends and family.
Taylor, of Grundy Center, is the daughter of Chris and Linda Taylor. She has participated in band, jazz band, pep band, chorus, show choir, Madrigal singer, musical theatre, Academic Decathlon, Talented & Gifted program and tennis. Some other activities include Worship Team for Orchard Hill, a volunteer for VBS, 4-H, and 4-H county council. Her hobbies include art, reading, and music. This 16-year-old will attend high school at Grundy Center this fall.
This year's king candidate is Kyler Dudden.
Dudden is the son of Kyle and Stacie Dudden. He was involved in 4-H, county council, youth committee, church activities and FFA through Hudson High School. He enjoys hunting, fishing, swimming, and hanging out with family and friends. The 18-year-old graduated from Dike-New Hartford high school in May.