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  • Galva teen crowned 2013 Miss Henry County Fair

  • Nineteen-year old Lauren VanDeVelde of Galva was crowned the 2013 Miss Henry County Fair on Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cambridge.
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  • Nineteen-year old Lauren VanDeVelde of Galva was crowned the 2013 Miss Henry County Fair on Tuesday night at the fairgrounds in Cambridge.
    VanDeVelde was one of 16 contestants that competed in the pageant held on the opening day of the 154th annual Henry County Fair.
    Jordan Larson, 18, of Coal Valley, was the first runner-up, while Molly Jo Smith, 18, of Cambridge, was second runner-up.
    VanDeVelde is a 2012 graduate of Galva High School. She is currently a college sophomore at Marquette University where she is majoring in biomedical sciences and is hoping to enter the physician's assistant program. She is also a cheerleader at the university.
    VanDeVelde was also awarded the Miss Congeniality Award, voted on by the other candidates.
    She is the daughter of John and Sue VanDeVelde.
    Larson is the daughter of Dan and Tammi Larson of Coal Valley. She is a 2013 graduate of Orion High School. She plans on attending Illinois State University to pursue a double major in elementary education and special education.
    Smith is the daughter of Troy and Tracie Coziahr and John and Regina Smith, all of Cambridge. She is a 2013 graduate of Cambridge High School. She plans on attending Illinois State University to major in elementary education.
    Larson was the recipient of the second annual memorial award given in honor of the late Emmy Vandevoorde of Annawan, who had been a contestant in the pageant a few years ago.
    Taylor Reed, 16, of Cambridge, received the Miss Photogenic Award, and Catherine Nelson, 19, of Annawan, was the winner of the Director's Award.
    In addition to the new queen and her court the remaining four finalists in the Miss Henry County Fair category were Kelsey Manasco, Cambridge; Aurora Westerlund and Danielle Strouss both of Geneseo; and Rachel Quillin, of Cleveland.
    Junior Miss Pageant
    Lauren Matson, 13, of Lynn Center, was crowned the 2013 Junior Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Brian and Lisa Matson.
    Kiersten Cathelyn, 12, Geneseo, was the first runner-up. She is the daughter of Mike and Kim Cathelyn.
    Second runner-up was Jolee Mohr, 13, of Orion. She is the daughter of Michael and Crissy Mohr.
    Madison Swanson, 12, of Cambridge, received the Miss Congeniality Award; Sierra Brown, 13, also of Cambridge, Miss Photogenic Award; Annie Althaus, 13, Alpha, Director's Award; and Gracie Noble, 13, of Andover, was the recipient of the Junior Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award.
    There were 21 contestants in the junior pageant for girls 12 to 14 years old.
    Little Miss Pageant
    Olivia Goodley, 7, was crowned the 2013 Little Miss Henry County Fair. She is the daughter of Chris and Kim Goodley, of Annawan.
    Page 2 of 2 - Brooke Boone, 7, of Geneseo, was first runner-up. She is the daughter of Jason and Wendy Boone, of Geneseo.
    Second runner-up was Caroline Girten, 6, of Geneseo, daughter of Bill and Tricia Girten.
    Other award winners were: Raigan Skaggs, 7, of Kewanee, ticket trophy award; Shaniya Brown, 7, Cambridge, Little Miss Congeniality; Kendall Ellerbrock, 6, Atkinson, photogenic award; Heidi Leander, 7, Cambridge, Director's Award; and Malloree Humphrey, 5, Atkinson, Little Miss Emmy Vandevoorde Memorial Award.
    There were 22 girls in the category for 5- to 7-year olds.

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