SUGARCREEK -- Kameron Wise, a 17-year old junior at New Philadelphia High School, has been crowned the 2012 Tuscarawas County Cattle Association (TCCA) Queen.
A daughter of Todd and Stacee Wise, of Stone Creek, Kameron was the first attendant to the 2011 Tuscarawas County Beef Queen, Kelsie Hinds, who presented the 2012 crown to her successor.
Kameron's attendants were Tara Jones, 18-year old daughter of Bob and Peg Jones of Dundee, and Danielle Perko, 15-year old daughter of Amanda and George Radich of Bowerston.
Tara, a senior at Garaway High School, will attend the University of Findlay in the fall, where she will study pre-vet.
She has taken vet science, goat, feeder calf and cooking projects during her seven years as a member of 4-H Jr. Achievers Club.
In addition, Tara has served as camp counselor and junior fair board member and is involved in the Appalachian Trail Club, track and buddy program at school, and the United Church of Christ at Sugarcreek.
Danielle, a sophomore at Conotton Valley High School, has been a member of Stillwater Clover Harvesters for two years, taking feeder calf, steer and market hog projects. She enjoys being outdoors, fishing, and hunting, and spending time with friends and family.
Kameron, a nine year member of Crooked Run 4-H Club, has taken market steer and beef breeding projects. She has also shown market hogs for two years. This past summer, she was a member of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir and plans to take part again this year.
The new queen also serves as a 4-H Camp Counselor. She has had sewing projects for six years and is a member of the Food and Fashion Board.
In school, Kameron belongs to the Ladies Ensemble and Delphian Choir. She plans to go to college and major either in education or in an agricultural-related field. She is a member of the Ragersville Zion United Church of Christ and is active in its youth group.
"As queen, I want to be an advocate for the beef industry and help the public understand what the beef industry is all about," Kameron said.
Kelsie, who is now a junior at Newcomerstown High School and attends Kent State Tuscarawas for post-secondary education, reviewed some of her experiences during her reign as queen. She is a nine-year member of Thunder Valley 4-H Club, during which time she has had market steer, heifer and market hog projects. She is a member of the Tuscarawas County Livestock Judging Team and Junior Fair Board and is a camp counselor.
In school, Kelsie is on the high school basketball team and the Trojan Mascot, and is a member of the National Honor Society, the student council, school theater group and the Rotary Interact Club.
Michelle Evans was in charge of the queen contest.
Kevin Hinds, Jerry Prysi, Fred Tuerler, Justin Specht, and Guy Zeigler were elected to the board of directors for a two-year term. They will join five other directors, Neil Fry, Donnie Himes, Kriss Raber, Doyle Shoup, and Dean Prysi, whose terms expire in 2013.
Jerry Prysi is president of the board; Fred Tuerler, vice president; Kriss Raber, secretary; and Donnie Himes, treasurer.
Himes reported total sales from the beef trailer in 2011 included 11,573 sandwiches, 7,964 beverages, and 8,242 slices of cheese.
During the 2011 Tuscarawas County Fair, a total of 8,017 sandwiches, 4,955 beverages, and 5,705 slices of cheese were sold.
The treasurer also noted that the cattle association is proud to be able to provide a total of $ 6,250 in scholarships for the Tuscarawas County youth who are studying in the field of agriculture.
In addition, the association donated $ 1,570 to the Forest Heritage Festival, which supports Akron Children's Hospital
Entertainment was by Hayley Watson, a country singer, for her return engagement, with her daughter, Hannah.
President Jerry Prysi, welcomed members and guests and Robert Machan, an area beef farmer, asked the invocation for the family-style roast beef and chicken dinner.