Farm Queen crowned

August 02, 1994|By Amy L. Miller | Amy L. Miller,Sun Staff Writer

Amid whistles and cheers, Mary Ellen Seraydian accepted another crown last night.

The Francis Scott Key High senior, who served as Carroll County's Dairy Princess this past year, was crowned Carroll County's Farm Queen.

"Farm Bureau has a very important voice and is able to project the needs and wants of farmers to the government," said Mary Ellen, responding to a question of how she would persuade someone to join the agricultural lobby.

"It would be a very easy job for me because I believe in agriculture," she said.

Mary Ellen, 17, will now vie for the state title at the Maryland State Fair in Timonium on Aug. 27 and 28. The last state farm queen from Carroll County was Jenell Rinehart of Taneytown in 1990.

Last year's county winner, Marie Speak, was a member of the Farm Queen Court as third runner-up in the state contest.

Mary Ellen, who is president of the Francis Scott Key Future Farmers of America chapter, lives on a 114-acre dairy farm near Taneytown with her family.

After college, she hopes to pursue a career in veterinary medicine or communications with a concentration in agriculture.

In addition to her crown, Mary Ellen received $200 from the Farm Bureau for being chosen Farm Queen.

The other two contestants each received $50.

For the next year, Mary Ellen will represent the agricultural community at the fair and during public events.

She also will give "milk toasts" at Farm Bureau banquets.

Each contestant had an interview with the judges before last night's competition.

Then, in front of an appreciative audience at the Carroll County 4-H/FFA Fair, the contestants each gave a five-minute biographical presentation and answered an agricultural question drawn at random.

In choosing the new queen, judges rated the candidates based on this criteria: farm and community achievements, 25 percent; speaking ability, 25 percent; knowledge of agriculture, 25 percent; personality, 15 percent; and general appearance, 10 percent.

Judges for this year's competition were Dawn Downey of Washington County, 1992 Maryland Farm Queen and 1993 State Dairy Princess; Jesse Burall, president of the Frederick County Farm Bureau; and Merhlyn Barnes, secretary of the Howard County Farm Bureau and chairwoman of the Howard County Farm Bureau Women's Committee.

The other contestants in last night's competition were:

* Carie Martin, 17, an incoming senior at North Carroll High School. Carie, who lives with her family on a 14-acre dairy goat farm near Lineboro, plans to attend Western Maryland College after graduation and pursue a career in physical therapy.

She is active in the 4-H Chevonaire Dairy Goat Club and the Mid-Maryland Horse and Pony Association.

* Christina Harper, 16, an incoming junior at Francis Scott Key. She lives on a 200-acre dairy farm near Union Bridge and helps her family operate a 28-acre "choose and cut" Christmas tree farm.

Christina is a member of the Francis Scott Key FFA chapter and agricultural organizations. She plans to pursue an agriculturally related career after college.

She was also chosen as an alternate Dairy Princess last year.

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