2016 Royal Court

Ten local youth have been named members of the 2016 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair’s Royal Court.  They were selected based on; leadership, involvement in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair (MCAF), 4-H and their communities and public speaking ability.  The 2015 Fair King and Queen, Jackson Douglas and Jenny Searles, continue their reign until this year’s Coronation on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 6 p.m.  Coronation follows the annual Fair parade which begins at 5 p.m. at the Fairgrounds.


Meet the young adults that make the 2016 Fair Royalty Court.


Jessica Corazza

Jessica Corazza is 17 years old. She is a graduating senior at Urbana High School.  She is the former president of the Urbana FFA chapter and a 4-H Diamond Clover level 6 recipient. Jessica plans to study Agricultural Science in college and is an honor flight volunteer coordinator.

Lauren Dallas

Lauren Dallas is 16 years old and lives in Clarksburg. She is a Junior Board Member and 4-H Liaison to the Montgomery County Agricultural Center.  Lauren is President of the Clarksburg Helping Hands 4-H Club, Vice President of the Damascus Community Club, and Treasurer of the Montgomery County Poultry Club.  She is also Secretary of the 4-H Interstate Exchange Program that traveled to Kansas last year. Lauren has projects in Animal Science (alpacas, dairy goats, poultry, dogs, and rabbits), Photography, Horticulture, Public Speaking, and Foods. Lauren was selected as a member of the Maryland 4-H Livestock Skillathon team in which they placed 6th in the nation. She hopes to study agriculture in college and major in Animal and Food Science. 4-H and the fair have helped Lauren to immerse herself in new opportunities and experiences which have created her passion for agriculture.

Lauren French

Lauren is 16-years-old and lives in Silver Spring.  She is a rising Junior at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School where she is a St. Mary's Scholar, a member of the Speech & Debate Team and the Poms Squad.  She is Vice President for Membership for the Lucky Clovers Club, the 2016 recipient of the Montgomery County All Star Service Award and was recently selected as a Maryland Delegate to the National 4-H Congress. Lauren holds 4-H projects in Public Speaking,  Leadership, Citizenship, Theater Arts, Sewing and Visual Arts. Lauren says that 4-H has enriched her life by providing her with opportunities for leadership, service to the community and trying new things.

Christina Hernandez

Christina is 17-years-old and lives in Damascus. She is a member of the Damascus FFA Chapter, Dairy Goat club, Damascus Community 4H Club and the Laytonsville Seniors 4H club.  Christina is past president of the Dairy Goat Club, and current Secretary. Christina's 4-H projects include Leadership, Foods, Dairy, and Horticulture. Last year Christina traveled to The National Horticulture Competition for her Marketing Demonstration and placed Grand Champion in the Nation. In FFA Christina competes in Veterinary Science, Dairy Foods and Horticulture based competitions. Christina currently attends Damascus High School where she is School SGA President. Her future plans are to attend college majoring in Agricultural Law or International Business. Christina states that 4-H and the Fair have provided her opportunities to make new friends and to give back to the community.

Leah McLean

Leah is 17-years-old and lives in Silver Spring.  She is a member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club.  Leah recently finished her Level 6 Diamond Clover project and was selected as the NIHCD Media Smart Youth Teen Leader. She taught classes to middle-school aged youth in her community about the importance of media and how it impacts their health. Leah’s 4-H projects include Crafts, Leadership, Foods, Citizenship and Healthy Lifestyles. She attended the 2015 National 4-H Congress where she was a member of the Youth Leadership Team; Leah was invited back to the 2016 National 4-H Congress to be a member of the Youth Design Team. Leah recently graduated from Montgomery Blair High School and will attend Towson University's Honors College where she'll be majoring in Criminal Justice. Leah says 4-H has helped her step out of her comfort zone and develop life skills in order to become a great leader.

Faith Mindy Burton

Faith Mindy Burton is a rising sophomore in the Montgomery Blair High School Math, Science, and Computer Science Magnet program. She is the vice president of the 4-H Dairy Goat Club, Laytonsville Seniors 4-H Club, and Lucky Clovers 4-H Club. She is also a Scientist's Assistant at the Adventure in Science program at NIST and has plans to study medicine. Some of her projects include Citizenship, Food and Nutrition, Science, Dairy, and Public Speaking. Mindy has been honored to receive the 4-H Citizenship and Community Service Award, Gold Level President's Volunteer Service Award, and Diamond Clover Level 5. Mindy enjoys showing dairy goats, leading the Montgomery County Dairy Bowl team as Senior Team Captain, and competing at the state fair on the Montgomery County Dairy Judging Team.

Katherine Koster

Katie is 18-years-old and lives in Gaithersburg. She has been a member of the 4-H Lucky Clovers Club for twelve years. She is a graduating senior of Magruder High School and Thomas Edison High School for Technology where she spent two years studying architecture. Her projects include foods, healthy living, leadership, citizenship, and architecture. She attended the 2015 National 4-H Congress as a delegate to represent Maryland to the nation. Katie says that 4-H has taught her many things to become a well rounded individual.

Xavier Al-Faleh

Xavier Al-Faleh is 17 years old and a Junior at Gaithersburg High School. He has been in 4-H for ten years. He is an active member of Back in Time 4-H where he is currently serving as Vice President. In addition, he is a former member of Laytonsville Seniors, Clarksburg Helping Hands, and the Flying Tigers. He has taken a variety of projects including Shooting Sports, Conservation, Woodworking, Citizenship, Horticulture, and Beginning Rocketry among others.

He has over 600 hundred community service hours logged, and he is an Associate member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. He also is a member of Gaithersburg High School’s Navy JROTC and an active member of Greenridge Baptist Church’s youth program

Nate Mayhew

Nate is 17-years-old and lives in Gaithersburg. He will be entering his senior year of high school at Chieftain Christian Academy in the fall.  Nate is currently a member of the Damascus Poultry Club and the secretary of both the Wild West Wranglers and Back in Time 4-H clubs.  He was one of the 2015 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair's Princes and has won the Associate Member award for volunteer hours at the Fair.  This summer Nate will be part of a team visiting Kazakhstan serving a family who has adopted more than fifty children off the streets. On this trip he hopes to experience the new culture as well as be a blessing to the orphans he will be visiting. Nate says that both the Fair and 4-H have given him a serving mindset, enabling him to better help those around him.  

Patrick O'Hanlon

Patrick J. O’Hanlon, a 17 year old lad from Silver Spring, is a Lifetime Member of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair. After serving two years as the 4-H Liaison to the Montgomery County Fair Board, Patrick was selected to serve on the Junior Board of Directors to further his knowledge on the daily operations at the fair. His 4-H participation at the fair includes numerous entries from healthy lifestyles, sewing, and fashion to dairy goats, produce, and rocketry. He enjoys horticulture, small engines, and theater, as well as his vegetable garden. He is President of two 4-H clubs: Flying Tigers 4-H Aerospace Club and the Lucky Clovers 4-H Club. He is also a member of the Clarksburg Helping Hands 4-H Club, the Dairy Goat Club, and the 4-H Alpha Alpaca Club in Frederick County. Beyond the local level, Patrick is Public Relations Bureau Chief for the Maryland 4-H Council, a Maryland state Healthy Living Ambassador, and the Co-Chairman of the 4-H Interstate Exchange program. For his exemplary 4-H career, Patrick has been awarded two national 4-H trips: to the National 4-H Conference in 2015 and the National 4-H Congress in 2016. Patrick continues to be a leader. He was a co-Champion at the National Engineering Challenge in the aerospace division in 2014; the Safety Captain and Leader on the Mechanics Team for FIRST FRC Team 449 Blair Robotics Project in 2016; and a Brotherhood member of the Arrow of Light, the Boy Scouts of America Honor Society. Patrick stands tall in the area of citizenship and service, with seven Presidential Volunteer Awards accruing more than 2,400 hours. Most recently he was honored with the Dr. Nancy Dworkin Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service to Children and Youth in May 2016. Giving back to his community is what Patrick has always done and continues to do. Being an active member of 4-H and the Fair has taught him, “It is not about whether you have won or lost today, but it is about what you have learned for tomorrow.”

2016 Fair King and Queen - Patrick O'Hanlon and Jessica Corazza

Year Queen King
2015 Jenny Searles Jackson Douglas
2014 Jordan Al-Faleh Adam Crawley
2013 Hannah Adkins Dunchadhn Lyons
2012 Mari-Therese Burton Michael Cropp
2011 Kelsey Watkins Michael Buscemi
2010 Sophia Reaves Collin Shay
2009 Caitlyn Perdue Christopher Perdue
2008 Bree Feuillet Andrew Dobos
2007 Marianne Mullan John Michael St. Angelo
2006 Besilica Reaves Byron Hulcher
2005 Tina Malament Ben Butler
2004 Brittany Hilton Andy Curran
2003 Holly Connelly Samuel Evans
2002 Alicia Feuillet Michael Novello
2001 Erica Taffs John Mark Leatherman
2000 Marla Luther Benjamin Evans
1999 Stephanie Brown Christopher Michaels
1998 Kelsey Wells Cliff Driver
1997 Erin Feuillet Chris Gazunis
1996 Margaret Luther Londell Luther
1995 Adrienne Wojciechowski Trevor Ashley
1994 Katherine Segal David McKeever
1993 Tricia Stabler Holland Scott Kelly
1992 Lonette Luther Robert Balser
1991 Valerie Murray Chris Wojciechowski
1990 Kristen Smith Robert DeLauder
1989 Stacey Stabler Christopher Daly
1988 Michele Sipe Anderson  
1987 Katie Kriegsman Peters  
1986 Kathy Johnson Zimmerman  
1985 Jill Hudson Miller  
1984 Tara Woodfield Pumphrey  
1983 Mary White Helmick  
1982 Carol Irvine Martin Mayne
1981 Karen Runkles Murdock Joseph Hagerty
1980 Terry Suddath Adkins  
1979 Linda Rudy Daugherty  
1978 Stacy Proctor Shaffer  
1977 Eydie Gregory Searles  
1976 Vicky Lynn Barkley Coon  
1975 Sandy Gladhill May  
1974 Gwen Mayne Sandberg  
1973 Debra Marlin McKenzie  
1972 Cynthia Keller Scheib  
1971 Gail Poffenberger Yeiser  
1970 JoAnne Doody Leatherman  
1969 Beth Seymour Davis  
1968 Susan Fraley Gibson  
1967 Kendra Hall Rhoten  
1966 Marilyn Griffith Newman  
1965 Betty Lou Schaeffer Chadwell  
1964 Becky Schaeffer Lear  
1963 Nora Lee Williams Byers  
1962 Carolyn Eckhardt Bowman  
1961 Patsy Fink Owens  


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