RACINE — Five Southern High School seniors will compete for the title of 2019 Party in the Park Queen to be crowned on Saturday during the 11th annual Party in the Park.
The 2019 Queen candidates are Sydney Adams, Phoenix Cleland, Shelby Cleland, Mickenzie Ferrell, and Baylee Wolfe.
The new queen will be crowned by 2018 Party in the Park Queen Marissa Brooker.
The queen candidates must complete an interview process, as well as submitting answers on future plans, favorite activities, favorite vacation spot and their favorite part of living/going to school in the Racine community.
Adams, of Syracuse, plans to attend Washington State Community College following graduation to major in radiology.
As for her favorite part of living in the Racine community, Adams stated, “My favorite part of living in the Racine community would have to be be how close the community itself is. Since Racine is such a small community, everyone knows everyone which brings us all together for the good and bad times.”
Adams stated that her favorite activities include spending time with friends and sports.
“One of my favorite activities to do is spend time with my friends. They are very important to me. I can always count on them to be here for me through rough times and they can always expect the same,” said Adams.
As for sports, Adams has been involved in basketball, volleyball and softball. “I plan to stay involved as much as I can until the very last games and practices,” stated Adams.
Cleland, of Racine, plans to attend Marshall University in the fall of 2020 to major in chemistry.
“I have never lived anywhere but Racine and I never realized how fortunate I was to come from a small town with a big heart until I was exposed to other small towns,” said Cleland of being part of the Racine community. “Racine itself has always felt like home. If I ever needed anything I know I could ask anyone in this community and they would provide. I love the sense of family that I get from living here.”
Cleland’s favorite activities include volleyball and spending time with family and friends.
“My favorite activity is playing volleyball. I have always played it and I can’t imagine a fall season without it,” stated Cleland.
As for spending time with family and friends, Cleland stated, “I have always had close relationships with my friends and family which I’m very thankful for.”
Cleland, of Racine, plans to attend Washington State Community College to become a registered nurse, before attending Ohio University to obtain a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Her goal is to become a nurse practitioner.
“My favorite part about living in the Racine community is the support that we receive from each other. We have a small community but we are strong together,” stated Cleland. “I see people in the bleachers at sport occasions routing on and supporting their Southern Tornadoes.”
“All the love and compassion that we have in this small town is what makes this community my home. We are all family and we are all in this together,” stated Cleland of her favorite part of the Racine community.
Cleland lists one of her favorite activities as her work as a nursing assistant at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport.
“I find this job very rewarding because I’m able to help the residents mentally and with their daily activities. When I’m able to help someone, I feel good about myself and their thankfulness is what brings joy to my day. I love all the people I work with and all the residents that live there,” stated Cleland.
Another favorite activity for Cleland is spending time with family. “Every Sunday, my grandma makes food for the whole family. I love seeing and talking with them about the week they had. They support me and I support them through everything. Without their love, I wouldn’t be the same person I am today.”
Ferrell, of Syracuse, plans to attend Ohio State University in the fall of 2020 to major in biology.
“My favorite part about living in the Racine community is the closeness,” stated Ferrell. Everybody, for the most part, knows each other and just acts like family. Even though I plan to go off to a bigger city, Racine will always be my home.”
Ferrell’s favorite activities include family events and sports.
“One of my favorite activities to do is to go to family events, like cookouts or just holiday get-togethers. I just enjoy being around my family, we always have a pretty good time,” stated Ferrell.
“I have been involved in sports ever since I was little. I am a cheerleader and I play volleyball. So, I tend to stay very involved pretty much year round,” said Ferrell.
Wolfe, of Racine, plans to attend Ohio University to major in biomedical engineering.
“The Racine community is a very welcoming and supportive place to grow up. Having a network of caring and encouraging individuals back home to pick me up, makes me feel confident leaving my hometown and chasing my goals,” stated Wolfe of her favorite part of living in the Racine community.
Among her favorite activities are participating in service projects and being part of the high school athletic teams.
“One of my favorite activities is participating in local service projects such as coaching youth athletic teams or funding a scholarship for Southern High School graduates,” stated Wolfe. “These activities are so rewarding to me because I feel like I am giving something back to a community that has given more than they know to me.”
As for the participating in athletics, Wolfe stated, “This is one of my favorites because I am always learning new leadership skills that challenge me and are preparing me to be a productive member in settings outside of high school.”
The crowning of the 2019 Party in the Park Queen is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday at Star Mill Park.
Sarah Hawley is the managing editor of The Daily Sentinel.