Representatives of Columbia County’s six public high schools will compete for the title of 2018 Schoolgirl Queen on Friday, Aug. 31 at 6 p.m. at the North Gate Stage. The event marks a longstanding Columbia County Fair tradition that has continued for more than 80 years. At 6 p.m., the gowned contestants will arrive in vintage automobiles where they will be introduced by emcees Meg Dooley and Cathie Lee Visscher.
Judging is based on personality, poise and appearance. The winner will be crowned by last year’s Schoolgirl Queen, Dakota Kubli of New Lebanon, and receive a $500 prize. The annual event is sponsored by Columbia-Greene Community College Dean of Students. Muriel Faxon and Edgar Acevedo are superintendents of the contest.
Here are this year’s contestants:
Miss Chatham: Chatham High School is represented by Jenna Skype, daughter of Kevin and Judy Skype. In school, Jenna is Student Government Treasurer, a participant in Model Congress and a member of the National Honor
Society. She is a member of the National Art Honor Society, Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Club, peer tutoring, Community Service Club and Rotary Youth Leadership Awards (RYLA). Jenna participates in varsity softball, varsity basketball and is a varsity football stat keeper. She serves as a youth ministry volunteer at St. James Church, participates in Sean’s Run, Equinox Thanksgiving dinner, volunteering at the Payn Home and shadowing emergency room nurses at the hospital. Her favorite subject is Spanish. In her free time she enjoys reading and working out.
Miss Germantown: Germantown Central School is represented by Leah Foster, daughter of William and JoAdele Foster. Leah plays field hockey and softball in school. She is active in choir, drama club and prom committee and is a member of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, Leah’s hobbies include piano, snowboarding, swimming, horseback riding, singing, hiking, fashion and makeup and working with children. Her favorite subject is English.
Miss Hudson: Lindsay Klugo represents Hudson High School and is the daughter of Robert and Rebecca Klugo. Lindsay is a member of the National Honor Society, Rotary Club and serves as class secretary. She is a member of the volleyball team. Lindsay’s favorite subject in school is chemistry. Her interests involve swimming, lifeguarding, camping, volunteer and charity work. Lindsay is interested in art, writing, aesthetics and anatomy.
Miss Ichabod Crane: Susanna Dolan represents Ichabod Crane High School and is the daughter of Joseph and Nancy Dolan. Susanna’s favorite high school activities include Interact Club, Crane Acting Troupe, Students Against Violating Earth (S.A.V.E) and Spectrum, a vocal chorale ensemble. She is a member of the cross country team and serves as class officer as a representative at large for the Class of 2019. Her hobbies include solo and ensemble performance singing, tap, ballet and jazz. Susanna volunteers as a freshman mentor, catechist for second grade faith formation, Valatie Free Library children’s reading program and as a clinic organizer for the kids Running Club. She enjoys hiking, baking and reading. Susanna’s favorite subject in school is English.
Miss New Lebanon: Natalie Zema represents New Lebanon Jr./Sr. High School and is the daughter of Joe and Patricia Zema. Her favorite high school activities include building friendships on sports teams and clubs, working with classmates, learning useful lessons in class, uplifting others, earning good grades and helping people. Natalie’s hobbies include soccer, track, dance, working out, kayaking, swimming and spending time with family and friends. She enjoys snowboarding, skating, ice hockey, travel and cooking. Natalie’s favorite subject in school is biology.
Miss Taconic Hills: Brooke McComb represents Taconic Hills Central School District and is the daughter of Donald and Lauren McComb. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is a co-vice president of her class. Brooke plays shortstop on the varsity softball team and is a member of the varsity swim team. She is a member of select choir. Brooke’s favorite high school subjects are AP biology and psychology. In her free time, Brooke enjoys reading, fishing and snowboarding.
The 178th annual Columbia County Fair runs this year from Aug. 29 to Labor Day, Sept. 3 daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m., except for opening day when the gates open at noon. The fair is presented by the Columbia County Agricultural Society, a private nonprofit organization.