Eight women competed for the title of Miss Cass County in front of a full audience at the Cass County 4-H Fairgrounds Sunday.
The honor of Miss Cass County went to Natalie Shepler, the 18-year-old daughter of David and Kathleen Shepler. She is a recent graduate of Logansport High School and will be attending Purdue University in the fall to study film and video.
Shepler works at Sycamore Drive In and volunteers at the Area 5 Special Olympics concession stand where she can also cheer on her cousin, Jenifer, while she competes. She began an internship in January at Walton Webcasting, the largest livestock broadcasting association in the nation.
She has been involved in 4-H since the second grade when she signed up for Mini 4-H and participated in as many projects as humanly possible, she wrote. Since then, she has narrowed her project choices down to shooting sports, photography, scrapbooking and showing rabbits. She has participated in these projects for the past 10 years.
Shepler attends All Saints Church, and for the last 16 years she has been attending faith formation classes and participated in many youth group activities that benefit the less fortunate of Cass County.
In June 2018, she traveled with a mission team to the African country of Uganda where she worked in an orphanage.
She joined the Logansport Children’s Choir in the third grade and has traveled the country with them for the past nine years. While attending high school, she was a member of the Key Club, Pep Club, the tennis team, diving team, Berry Broadcast and was selected for National Honor Society. She was voted sophomore class president and has been an active member of student council since. She was the senior class vice president.
The host for the evening was the 2008 Miss Cass County Jenna Langley Blue, who provided the audience with laugh-out-loud commentary.
The show began with a choreographed dance sequence to the song “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfield that included each of the eight contestants and 2018’s Miss Cass County McKayla Ramsey.
After the dance sequence, the women changed into their professional attire and introduced themselves to the audience.
It was the first time many seated in the Exhibition Building were able to hear all the contestants, but earlier in the day, the three judges, Michael Sprinkle, Chloe Martin and Christina Carson-Weaver, had the opportunity to interview the women. Those interviews are worth 20 percent of the overall score and covered categories like ability to converse, personality and poise.
During the evening wear portion, each of the contestants were asked to choose a random word out of a fish bowl and describe what that word meant to them. Some of the words chosen were family, humility, optimistic, generous, blissful, fortunate and supportive.
Shepler fished out the word “generous” from the fishbowl. Her response was, “When I think of the word generous, the first people that come to my mind are my mom and dad. They are the most generous people I know and have always been. They always go the extra mile for my sisters and I and also my friends, which I just want to thank you so much mom and dad. Thank you.”
Allison Young, the 19-year-old daughter of Bryan and Kelly Young, was selected first runner-up. She also won the award for Outstanding Formal Wear. Young graduated from Lewis Class Jr.-Sr. High School in 2018 and has finished her freshman year at Ivy Tech Community College where she is studying physical therapy.
Jayna Trueblood, the 19-year-old daughter of Jason and Vanessa Trueblood, won second runner-up. She also won the award for Outstanding Business Wear. She is a 2018 graduate from Pioneer High School and has completed her freshman year at Black Hawk East Campus where she is studying animal science.
Third runner-up went to Brooklynn Fye, the 18-year-old daughter of Chad and Wendy Fye. She is a recent graduate of Lewis Cass High School. She is attending Ball State University in the fall to study journalism and telecommunications.
Fourth runner-up went to Kallie Nies, the 18-year-old daughter of Robert and Jennifer Nies. She is a recent graduate of Lewis Cass Jr.-Sr. High School and plans to study nursing. Nies also won the title of Miss Photogenic.
The title of Miss Congeniality went to Logan Torrey, the 18-year-old daughter of Scott and Jerri Torrey. She is a recent graduate of Logansport High School and will be attending Ivy Tech Community College in the fall before transferring to a four-year college to study psychology and sociology with a special study in Christian ministries.
Miss Inner Beauty went to Victoriia Taylor, the 19-year-old daughter of Marcia and James Taylor. She graduated from Pioneer High School in 2018 and just finished her freshman year at the University of Evansville where she is studying nursing.
The winner of this year’s Little Miss Cass County (7-10 years old) title is Abigail Albaugh. The Junior Miss Cass County (11-14 years old) winner is Madilyn Brown. And the 2019 Teen Miss Cass County (15-17 years old) winner is Carley Musall.
Little, Junior and Teen Miss Cass County winners participate in several activities alongside Miss Cass County and her court, including appearances at the 4-H Fair and in radio advertisements, interviews and parades throughout the year.
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