Miss Buchanan candidates profiled

Published 1:38 pm Friday, January 6, 2006

By Staff
BUCHANAN - Miss Buchanan Pageant, “Havin' A Party” will be held on Saturday, Jan. 7, at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6) at the Buchanan High School Auxilary Gym.
Tickets are available from the contestants for $10 each,. or at the door for $12. A Coronation Ball will follow the pageant at the American Legion. Tickets will be $5 at the door.
In the next few days we will profile the 18 candidates for the title of Miss Buchanan 2006. Contestants seven through 12 for this year's Miss Buchanan include:
Ellen Siemon
Contestant No. 7, Ellen Siemon, 17, is the daughter of Bill and Lynne Siemon.
She has one sister, Mary.
Ellen is involved in cross country, wrestling Matmaid, track, National Honor Society, Ecology Club, band and pep band.
After graduating, she said, “I plan to attend either Grand Valley or Central Michigan University.”
She is Treasurer of the Galien Chanters 4-H club.
Her hobbies are raising rabbits, running, 4-H and spending time with her sister and her friends.
She entered the Miss Buchanan Contest because, “I'm involved in the community, and I thought that this would be a fun way to learn more about Buchanan and give back to the community.
Chenai Marker
Contestant No. 8, Chenai Marker, 17, is the daughter of Al and Mary Marker.
She has a brother, Branden and a sister, Lynsey.
Her school activities are: varsity softball, marching band, the Color Guard, Spanish Club, S.A.D.D. (students against drunk driving), Holiday band, drama, Festival band and Redbud Chorale.
Chenai said, “ After graduation, I plan to attend Southwestern Michigan College for two years, then go on to Western Michigan University to major in English and become a teacher.”
She received the Kenneth Gill Memorial Award for varsity softball in 2004 and 2005, most improved player for J.V. Tennis the same two years, is on the Honor Roll and the All-Star program for fourth and fifth graders.
As for her hobbies, “I love to play softball, dance, sing along to the radio, volunteer at Michiana Christian Service Camp, hang out with friends and family and make random trips to Wal-Mart.”
Holly Dunivan
Contestant No. 9, Holly Dunivan, 17, is the daughter of Donald Dunivan and Therese Secor.
Bronson is her brother and her sister is Jody.
She is currently involved in the Yearbook Staff.
After graduation: “I plan to attend SMC, then transfer to a four year college to study speech pathology.”
She received a Lakeland Fine Arts Festival award and was Freshman Winterfest Princess.
Holly said, “What helped me to decide to enter the Miss Buchanan Contest was for the experience and friendships with classmates, for a possible scholarship and to be a role model to peers, classmates and younger children.”
Jaymi Fuller
Contestant No. 10, Jaymi Fuller, 17, is the daughter of Lisa Garmire.
She has one brother, Colin.
She is involved in the marching band and the Color Guard.
Jaymi said of her future, “I plan on going to Grand Valley State University and study medicine.”
She has been on the Honor Roll each year of High School, Captain of Color Guard and received an award in Concert Band.
Her hobbies are Color Guard, babysitting, talking on the phone and the computer.
She entered Miss Buchanan Contest because, “ I wanted to get involved my Senior year and I thought it would be a great experience.”
Anna Ferris
Contestant No. 11, Anna Ferris, 17, is the daughter of Danny and Jenny Ferris.
She has two brothers, Brian Balog and Daniel Ferris. Her sister is Denise Edwell.
Her activities at school involve drama, Spanish Club, co-section leader in marching and concert band, tennis, soccer and choir.
She said that after she graduates, “ I'm accepted to Kentucky Christian University for the fall of 2006 where I'll major in either social work or cross-cultural missions.”
Anna was Homecoming Queen of 2005, selected to go to Lakeland Fine Arts Festival for band and drama and All Stars.
Her hobbies are, “hanging out at Wal-Mart, Wendy's and Taco Bell with friends, cooking, baking, crocheting and of course cheering for the best team ever!”
Asked why she entered the contest, she said, “I decided to enter the contest because of my mother, friends and the fun that I'll have just doing the pageant. And who could forget the scholarships.”
Katrina DeRossi
Contestant No. 12, Katrina DeRossi, 18, is the daughter of Jeff and Sharon Robbins.
Her brothers are Erik and Tony and she has three sisters, Nina, Nichole and Brittany.
She is involved in band, cheerleading, soccer, the Ecology Club and S.A.D.D.
Katrina said of her future plans, “I plan to go to Ivy Tech, then get transferred to Purdue University and to become an accountant.
She is the Captain of the cheerleading squad.
Her hobbies include collecting Tinkerbell items, hats and shoes.
She said she entered the contest because, “ My family has faith in me and encouraged me to do it because I was thinking about it and they have confidence in me.”