Con­klin crowned 81st Queen Ni­cotina

North Point se­nior rep­re­sented ti­tle at fair

Maryland Independent - - Front Page - By TIF­FANY WAT­SON twat­son@somd­news.com Twit­ter: @Tif­fIndyNews

For many res­i­dents, the Charles County Fair Queen Ni­cotina pageant is a fa­vorite. On Sept. 15, res­i­dents wel­comed their new Queen Ni­cotina, Jensen Con­klin, 17, dur­ing the pageant and she is de­ter­mined to make her reign a mem­o­rable one.

Con­klin — crowned the 81st Queen Ni­cotina — won a $1,000 schol­ar­ship from PNC Bank and was crowned by 2015 win­ner Marie Am­mar, 18, a La Plata High School grad­u­ate. Con­klin, who is a se­nior at North Point High School, also re­ceived the Queen’s robe and scepter be­fore giv­ing her speech in front of her court and at­ten­dees.

“Con­klin was such a sweet young lady and out­go­ing,” said Louise Stine, a fair board di­rec­tor. “She has a bub­bly per­son­al­ity and is a de­light to have around. She as­sisted us with any­thing we asked her to do through­out the fair.”

Con­klin reigned over the 93rd Charles County Fair, which con­cluded on Sun­day. On Sept. 9, a panel of judges in­ter­viewed all nom­i­nees and se­lected the queen and her court for the coro­na­tion cer­e­mony held last Thurs­day.

Stine said the judges had a dif­fi­cult choice this year, and they even chose to bring sev­eral con­tes­tants back for more ques­tions be­fore nam­ing Queen Nic­totina for 2016. The queen is se­lected on the ba­sis of scholas­tic achieve­ment, ex­tra-cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, poise and ap­pear­ance, per­sonal in­ter­view and pre­sen­ta­tion.

Con­klin par­tic­i­pates in many ex­tracur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties at school in­clud­ing Na­tional Honor So­ci­ety, Na­tional Tech­ni­cal Honor So­ci­ety, North Point Var­sity Field Hockey, Skill­sUSA and Stu­dent Gov­ern­ment As­so­ci­a­tion. She also par­tic­i­pates in a vol­un­teer pro­gram at Univer­sity of Mar yland Charles Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter and is a sev­enth grade teacher’s aide at St. Peter’s School.

“I spent my en­tire life in Charles County so I’ve al­ways wanted to be in the Queen Ni­cotina pageant,” Con­klin said. “I re­mem­ber the shock tak­ing over me and hav­ing to stand up to ac­cept the award to be the next Queen Ni­cotina. I was ner­vous but I was com­pletely con­fi­dent in all of my an­swers dur­ing my in­ter­view with the judges.”

Con­klin has re­ceived many awards: prin­ci­pal’s honor roll, the North Point field hockey sports­man­ship award, an aca­demic let­ter and pin and the All SMAC Award for field hockey in 2015. She was ac­cepted in the North Point High School STI (Science, Tech­nol­ogy and In­dus­try) pro­gram for Academy of Health Pro­fes­sions. By the time she grad­u­ates in the spring, she will be a cer­ti­fied nurs­ing as­sis­tant.

“I have al­ways been very proud of all these young ladies,” Stine said. “They were all very well ed­u­cated, ac­tive in the com­mu­nity and their schools. They should be proud of all their ac­com­plish­ments. The cit­i­zens should be proud that we have a lot of won­der­ful peo­ple in this com­mu­nity.”

Con­klin was ex­tremely proud to be spon­sored by Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Sta­tion 3. She said that par­tic­u­lar fire depart­ment has had a ma­jor im­pact on her fam­ily.

“Many years ago, my great grand­fa­ther started the Wal­dorf Vol­un­teer Fire Depart­ment Sta­tion 3,” Con­klin said. “He was the first pres­i­dent and one of the founders of that sta­tion so it’s al­ways had a big con­nec­tion with my fam­ily. I grew up on the same road as the fire depart­ment, so the sirens were al­ways go­ing by and I grew up lis­ten­ing to the sound of the fire trucks. As a baby, the fire depart­ment even helped me when my feet got stuck in my crib. They have al­ways been a great sup­port to me in my life.”

Con­klin de­scribes her­self as very driven, de­ter­mined and fear­less when it comes to try­ing new things. She is so­cial and loves in­ter­act­ing with oth­ers. She wants peo­ple to re­mem­ber her as a pos­i­tive in­flu­ence — whether it be her church mem­bers, fel­low stu­dents or peo­ple within her com­mu­nity. She is also cur­rently ex­plor­ing sev­eral col­leges with the plan to earn her bach­e­lor’s de­gree in nurs­ing.

Con­klin strongly en­cour­ages other young women to par­tic­i­pate in the Queen Ni­cotina pageant. She said the pageant was such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity be­cause she met so many great peo­ple through­out the process and didn’t let neg­a­tiv­ity, such as peer pres­sure, get in her way.

The queen and her court were hon­ored par­tic­i­pants through­out the fair. The first run­ner-up, Re­becca Gian­nini, 18, spon­sored by Greater Wal­dorf Jaycees and a Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land stu­dent, re­ceived a $500 schol­ar­ship from County First Bank. Sec­ond run­ner-up Madi­son Stan­ley, 17, a stu­dent at North Point High School and spon­sored by the James E. Rich­mond Science Cen­ter, re­ceived a $500 schol­ar­ship from Com­mu­nity Bank of the Ch­e­sa­peake.

On Sept. 15, the Queen Ni­cotina pageant com­menced at the Charles County Fair to an­nounce the reign of the 81st fair queen, Jensen Con­klin, 17, spon­sored by the Wal­dorf Fire Depart­ment Sta­tion 3.

STAFF PHO­TOS BY TIF­FANY WAT­SON

On Sept. 15, the 80th Queen Ni­cotina, Marie Am­mar, 18, passes her robe to Jensen Con­klin, 17, named the 81st Queen Ni­cotina at the Charles County Fair.

The 80th Queen Ni­cotina, Marie Am­mar, passes the Queen Ni­cotina crown and scepter to Jensen Con­klin at the Charles County Fair.

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