Royalty

2017 Royal Court

Ten local youth have been named members of the 2017 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 2016 Fair King and Queen, Patrick O'Hanlon and Jessica Corazza, continue their reign until this year’s Coronation on Sunday, August 13, 2017 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 2017 Fair Royalty Court.

 

Xavier Al-Faleh

Xavier Al-Faleh is 18 years old and currently President of Back in Time 4-H.  He has been in 4-H eleven years and taken a variety of projects including shooting sports, woodworking, horticulture, rocketry, citizenship, naval science, and others.  He has belonged to the Back in Time, Clarksburg Helping Hands, Flying Tigers, and Laytonsville Seniors 4-H clubs.  He is a Petty Officer, First Class, in the Gaithersburg High School NJROTC program.


Victoria St. Angelo

Victoria St. Angelo is a 19-year-old resident of Germantown, Maryland. She Graduated from Montgomery College in the spring of 2017 with her associate’s degree in STEM curriculum.  She plans to attend the University of Maryland to earn her Bachelors degree in biological sciences, followed by further education possibly through Medical school. She is a current member of the Howard County beekeeping club, the Montgomery College Tennis club, the Montgomery County and Frederick County Farm Bureau, the Maryland Distiller’s Guild, the American Distiller’s Institute, and the Redland Baptist church choir. She is a previous member and treasurer of the Back In Time 4-H Club. She is also the current president of the Montgomery County 4-H Poultry Club, and a member on the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Junior Board Of Directors. She has held many projects through 4-H, and her family farm, Projects including Beef Cattle, Goats, Poultry, Honey Bees, Equine, and Horticulture. She assists in the maintenance of two Vineyards an extensive Lavender farm, and over 300 acres of crops including corn utilized in her family’s distillery. She has completed an associates degree in the STEM curriculum, received invitation to the renaissance scholars program was inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa Honors society, and the recipient of the doctor Harry Harden academic excellence award. She was also given the honor of being named Miss 2016 Montgomery County Farm Bureau second runner up, along side her family the 2017 Frederick County tourism ambassadors of the year. She says 4-H has given her endless opportunities, through it she has established life long friendships, obtained critical life skills such as, leadership and communication and discovered her most sincere passion for animals and agriculture.


Annette Bernier

Annette Bernier is 17 years old and is a rising senior at Saint John’s Catholic Prep. Not only a student athlete, she is a member and leader of over 15 clubs and organizations at her school including National Honors Society and Science Olympiad. She is secretary of the Clarksburg Helping Hands Club. Annette has entered a variety of projects including leadership, citizenship, photography, woodworking, and painting. She annually creates her club’s banner for the fair and it has been awarded grand champion every year. This past year she received the Level 5 Diamond Clover and she has received the Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award for five years in a row.


Faith Mindy Burton

Faith Mindy Burton is 16 years old and a rising junior in the Science, Math, and Computer Science Magnet Program at Montgomery Blair High School. This is her 11th year in 4-H and she serves as the President of the Montgomery County 4-H Dairy Goat Club, President of the Laytonsville Seniors Club, recent Vice President of the Lucky Clovers Club, and as a Site Manager at the 4-H Adventure in Science program at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Mindy holds projects in Dairy, Citizenship, Leadership, Public Speaking, Foods and Nutrition, and Science. At the Fair, Mindy enjoys showing her dairy goats, entering her cakes into the Cake Auction, and volunteering at the Big Cheese. She was honored to serve as the 2016 MCAF First Princess and was chosen to represent 4-H at Councilman Craig Rice’s Agricultural Summit. She has served as a Maryland State Dairy Judging team member at the national competition in 2016 and won Champion in both the Maryland Dairy Bowl Competition and the Maryland Communications Contest for extemporaneous speaking in 2017. Mindy has also received the Gold Level President’s Volunteer Service Award and the 4-H Citizenship and Community Service Award. With a strong interest in both science and serving her community, Mindy plans to pursue a career in infectious disease as a physician.


Eric Charlery

Hello! My name is Eric Charlery, I am 14 years old, and I attend DeMatha Catholic High School. I am a member of the Lucky Clovers 4-H club. I was born, and currently live in Silver Springs Maryland.  I am excited to serve as a representative at the Montgomery County 2017 fair. I hope to see you there!


Lauren Dallas

Lauren Dallas is 17 years old and lives in Clarksburg. She is a recent graduate of Clarksburg High School. Lauren’s 4-H projects include Animal Science (alpacas, dairy goats, poultry, dogs, and rabbits), Photography, Horticulture, and Foods. She is a Junior Board Member and Associate Member at the Montgomery County Agricultural Center. Lauren is the current Vice President and past President of the Clarksburg Helping Hands 4-H Club and Treasurer of the Montgomery County Poultry Club.  She is also a member of the Damascus Community Club, Rabbit Club, Dairy Goat Club, and Frederick County’s Alpha Alpaca Club. She is the 2017 recipient of the Montgomery County 4-H Senior Leadership Award and received the “I Dare You” award in which she attended the National Youth leadership Conference at Camp Miniwanca. Lauren has competed nationally with the Maryland 4-H Livestock Skillathon team and Poultry Judging team. She is a member of the Maryland 4-H State Council. She competed on Montgomery County’s Dairy Bowl team. She is the 2017 Miss Montgomery County Farm Bureau and is excited to teach others about agriculture. Lauren says that 4-H and the fair have helped immerse her in new opportunities and experiences which have created her passion for agriculture.  


Caitlyn Gardiner

Caitlyn Gardiner is a 15 year old rising sophomore who lives in Damascus. This is her 11th year in 4-H, and she is currently the President of the Damascus Community 4-H Club, the Secretary of the Flying Tigers 4-H Club, and a member of the Montgomery County Dairy Goat Club, as well as the Vice President of Public Issues for the Maryland 4-H State Council. Her main 4-h projects are public speaking, leadership, dairy, aerospace, and healthy living. She represented the Maryland State 4-H Program at the Taste of Maryland Agriculture dinner and the National 4-H Legacy awards. She was also recently selected to represent Montgomery County at the 2017 National 4-H Congress. She has received many awards for her public speaking and leadership skills, including a countywide Leadership Award, a Spirit Award for leading the Public Issue Discussion at the Maryland 4-H State Council Retreat, and a Grand Champion award for a Horticulture Demo, which she will be competing with at the State Fair. Will Rogers once famously said “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” Through pushing Caitlyn to pursue all of my goals and constantly improve, 4-H has kept her on the right track and moving forward every day. 


Nate Mayhew

Nate is 18 years-old and lives in Gaithersburg. He graduated from high school at Chieftain Christian Academy this year. Nate is currently a member of the Wild West Wranglers. He was one of the 2015 Montgomery County Agricultural Fair's Princes and 2016 Fair’s First Prince. He was awarded his Associate Membership award for volunteer hours at the Fair. This summer Nate was a part of a team visiting Kazakhstan serving a family who has adopted more than fifty children off the streets. On this trip he experienced the new culture, but most importantly built close and lasting relationships with the orphans he visited. Nate says that both the Fair and 4-H have given him a serving mindset. This mindset enables him to serve with the 4-H motto in mind; using his head, heart, hands and health, to impact those around him.


Anthony Righter

Anthony Righter is 15-years old and lives in Boyds, Maryland. He is the current Vice President and former Treasurer of the Horse N’ Around 4-H club and current President and former Secretary of The Bug Patrol 4-H club of Frederick County. He serves on the Planning and Outreach committee on the Maryland 4-H State Council. He is also a member of the Maryland Entomological Society. His projects include horses, entomology, pets, public speaking, and leadership. He was the Maryland State Horse Communications Champion in 2016 and High Score Individual at the 2017 State Horse Bowl Contest. Anthony will be traveling to Nationals in the fall as a member of the Maryland State 4-H Horse Bowl Team. He enters various projects in the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair, however his favorites are his horse project and entomology project. He is an active volunteer for various events. He volunteers annually for Close Encounters with Agriculture where he teaches thousands of 4th graders about water ecology and biodiversity. Anthony has been awarded the Gold Presidential Volunteer Service Award three times with over 700 volunteer hours. His volunteer hours have earned him a Montgomery County Agricultural Center Associates Membership. He has been awarded his level 4 Diamond Clover. His college plans include combining his knowledge and compassion in both veterinary medicine and entomology to improve and preserve agricultural practices. He has learned from the fair and various other events that, “Agriculture is what roots us with nature and we must preserve that root.”


Joey Udovich

My name is Joey Udovich. I am 15 years old and I have just completed my freshman year at Rockville High School.  I live with my father, mother and younger brother in Rockville, Maryland. I have been a member of the Montgomery County Rabbit Club for nine years. I became interested in rabbits in 2008 when I attended the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.  I bought my first rabbit, a Holland Lop buck, and joined the Montgomery 4H Rabbit Club as a Clover. Now, I am the President of my club and have over thirty-five rabbits.  I raise Netherland Dwarf, Holland Lop and New Zealand rabbits. I compete at the local, state and national level with the Montgomery County Rabbit Judge Team. Last year, I won the senior state rabbit judging contest and came in 2nd at the national level. 

 

Some of my other interests include competing with the Manor Woods Swim Team and the Tiburounes Swim Club.  At Rockville High school, I compete in swimming and track and field.  I am currently a member of the Montgomery County 4H rabbit club, American Rabbit Breeders Association, American Netherland Dwarf Rabbit Club, Pennsylvania State Rabbit Breeders Association, American Federation of New Zealand Rabbit Breeders and National Capital Rabbit Breeders Association. I hold the Life rank in my Boy Scout Troop 264.  I enjoy baking, camping and sports. I am excited to be a part of the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair Royal Court.  




2017 Fair King and Queen - Eric Charlery and Faith Mindy Burton

Year Queen King
2017 Faith Mindy Burton Eric Charlery
2016 Jessica Corazza Patrick O'Hanlon
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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